The Convocation of the University of Dar es Salaam was established under the University of Dar es Salaam Act No. 12 of 1970. Members of the Convocation include senior officers of the University past and present, all academic staff, current senior administrative staff, and all alumni of the University, including those of its predecessor University of East Africa as long as those graduates of the former University of East Africa are residents in Tanzania.

The Convocation unit at the University of Dar es Salaam strives to expand and diversify the network of engaged alumni around the world as well as to harness their goodwill to their alma mater. The unit seeks to develop innovative initiatives tailored to engage current students and former graduates of the University of Dar es Salaam. Through an active, coordinated and engaged alumni network, our University can successfully position itself and raise funds effectively. We invite you to become an active member of the UDSM Alumni family.

Leadership and Organisational portfolio of the University of Dar es Salaam Convocation:

  • President of the Convocation: Ambassador: Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar
  • Vice Chancellor: Profesor William A.L. Anangisye
  • Secretary to the Convocation: Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration
  • Honorary Treasurer: Mrs Kihunwa
  • Executive Committee: Governing Board
  • Activities Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Publication Committee
  • DICA: Liason office and secretariat

UDSM Alumni Connect

UDSM Alumni portal is a platform that give opportunities to all alumni of the University of Dar es Salaam to re-connect with peer alumni and give back to their alma mater. The UDSM Alumni portal gives you access to

  • Re-connect and find and reminisce with classmates, see what they have been up to and stay in touch.
  • Give back by Introducing, employing and mentor our graduating students.
  • Expand by leveraging your professional network to get introduced to people you should know and engage with.
  • Get ahead and advance your career through inside connections working in top companies and access to exclusive opportunities.

You can sign up in less than two minutes by importing your Linkedin or Facebook profile to

Notable Alumni Profiles

List of famous alumni from University of Dar es Salaam being the first university in the country, rooting from being an affiliate of the University of London (1961) and University of East Africa (1963), has had the prestigious opportunity of raising great leaders of development in the Africa region. UDSM famously known as the Dar es Salaam School of Thoughts had pioneered Pan-Africanism, one of the most significant ideologies in Africa. From such background, UDSM prides itself of a vast number of its prominent graduates which include Presidents, celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more.

Four of our Notable Alumni have served as President in their home countries:

Dr. John Pombe Joseph Magufuli: a Tanzanian politician and the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, in office since 2015. First elected as a Member of Parliament in 1995, he served in the Cabinet of Tanzania as Deputy Minister of Works from 1995 to 2000, Minister of Works from 2000 to 2006, Minister of Lands and Human Settlement from 2006 to 2008, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries from 2008 to 2010, and as Minister of Works for a second time from 2010 to 2015.

Magufuli earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree majoring in chemistry and mathematics as teaching subjects from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1988. He also earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees in chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam, in 1994 and 2009, respectively.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni: is a Ugandan politician who has been the President of Uganda since 1986. President Yoweri Museveni studied his Bachelor degree in Political Science, History and Economics at the University of Dar es Salaam from 1967 to 1971.

Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete: was the fourth President of Tanzania, in office from 2005 to 2015. Prior to his election as President, he was the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 2005 under his predecessor, Benjamin Mkapa. He graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1975 with a degree in Agrieconomics

Laurent Kabila: was a Congolese revolutionary and politician who served as the third President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from May 17, 1997, when he overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko, until his assassination by one of his bodyguards on January 16, 2001.

Learn profiles of other notable alumni of the University of Dar es Salaam by ckicking here. For information of all UDSM alumni, visit the portal.

Chapters and Associations

The UDSM Convocation strategize to develop alumni chapters and associations within the country and abroad in order to amplify the work of the Convocation and advancement unit. Through a network of our alumni chapters, UDSM can cross the bridge of fundraising challenges and significantly advance UDSM. Alumni chapters and associations may be developed based on geographical areas or alumni cohorts based on years of study or area of profession or study programmes.

In the year 2019-2020, we are aiming to have alumni chapters that you can connect to in:

Dodoma, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza, Rwanda, Uganda, Diaspora. Follow our alumni portal for updates.



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