Jordan University College ~ Selected Applicants 2021/2022
JUCO BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
The religious Superiors of the congregations working in Tanzania agreed early on with the Salvatorian Mission Superior, Fr. Andrew Urbanski, SDS, that there was need for an Institution of Higher Education for their Religious members – especially for those who felt a calling to the presbyteral ministry.
To the great satisfaction of all concerned, preparations for such an institution began at Kola, in the town of Morogoro in Tanzania. Discussions concerning this project were initiated at the annual meeting of the Religious Superiors Association in Tanzania (RSAT) in 1988.
Some time later it was clear that there was a need to have both a Philosophical and a Theological Department at the proposed institution.
On December 11, 1990, the Mission Chapter of the Salvatorian Mission in Tanzania agreed to work towards the organization of the Salvatorian Major Seminary in both philosophy and theology.
It was decided that the Seminary’s patron would be the Founder of the Salvatorians, Fr. Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan. Permission was obtained by the Salvatorians in Tanzania to sponsor the project.
The Rt. Rev. Bishop Adrian Mkoba, Ordinary of the Morogoro Diocese (on February 22, 1988), and the Rt. Reverend Archbishop Anthony Mayala, then Chairman of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (in his letter of March 2 of that year) on behalf of the Conference, gave the respective nihil obstat and their blessings.
On September 2, 1990, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, blessed the cornerstone of this Seminary at his meeting with the clergy and religious, during his pastoral visit in St. Peter’s Church, Dar es Salaam.
The transformation of the Salvatorian Institute seminary oriented into Jordan University College as an open higher learning institution was based onthe following two objectives:
1. To contribute more effectively to the local church by:
- Continuing preparation and formation of the candidates to the priestly and religious life;
- Offering programs preparing lay people for the mission of the Church in 21st century.
2. To contribute to the local society in view of the Tanzania Development Vision 2025 by:
- Offering high quality academic programmes aiming at solving problems of the society and contributing to the development of the country
JUCO is devoted to create and expand opportunities for quality higher education in Tanzania and beyond by offering competitive, demand-driven and community-relevant academic and professional degree and non-degree programmes.
JUCO intends to be a self-sustaining centre of excellence in higher education devoted to the advancement, refinement, dissemination and application of values, knowledge in order to understand and transform our world from within and in our context.
African Studies and philosophical subjects inserted in every department offering BA degree underline the need to motivate, emphasise and nurture the African psychological, socio-economic and political awareness geared towards preparing selfconfident African scholars and leaders.
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