Dear valued stakeholders
It is my great pleasure and honour to welcome you to the College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka, the pioneer institution in providing high standards and relevant professional and technical training in Wildlife and Tourism Management in Africa and beyond. The College also, through its competent and experienced staff, conducts research and provides consultancy services seeking to address the challenges facing wildlife and tourism sectors and taking advantage of the emerging opportunities to excel.
The history of this College dates back to 1961 during the International Symposium on the Conservation of African Wildlife which was held in Arusha to deliberate on the future of wildlife conservation in the post-colonial era. Two of the outcomes of this Symposium were a resolution which urged post-colonial African governments to give a special priority in training African Youth in the field of wildlife management. Among other things, Arusha Manifesto underscored a need for specialist knowledge and trained manpower as prerequisites for effective conservation of wildlife and wild places.
The College was founded on 24June 1963 with 25 students from Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon and Tanzania. Since its establishment, over 8,500 wildlife managers from 28 African countries and 24 non-African countries have graduated in long course programmes offered by the College. In recognition of its outstanding contribution to the protection of international wildlife and environment, the College has won a number of prestigious awards including“UNEP International Sasakawa Environment Prize” in 1986. Other awards were given by United States Fish and Wildlife and Safari Club International. For years, the College is recognized as a Centre of Excellence by the East African Community (EAC) and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
The College recognizes the dynamic nature of wildlife and tourism sectors in terms of emerging challenges and opportunities. Therefore, our training has always been vibrant to cope with these changes while maintaining our good standards. Our vision, mission, core values and strategic plan are important in guiding us towards realization of our dreams.
The College has friendly, experienced professional and committed staff and adequate facilities and equipment for meeting our aim of imparting the knowledge, skills and right attitude to our prospective students. We offer a number of courses which among others include; wildlife management, ecology, wildlife-human interactions, wildlife legislation and law enforcement, wildlife-based tourism, wildlife economics, wildlife protected areas planning, wildlife diseases, resource inventory, wildlife utilization, tour guiding, tourism planning, tourism marketing, sustainable tourism management, wildlife trans-boundary conservation and paramilitary training for wildlife professionals. Our approach in delivering the courses is “Learning by Doing” with emphasis on field training taking place in Tanzania’s major wildlife protected areas and the College’s Field Study Area at Kwakuchinja in Babati. (The Study area is a strategic wildlife corridor for mammals migrating between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.
We have conducive and convenient learning environment attributed to friendly people, calm weather and strategic geographical location. Our College enjoys a beautiful, peaceful and secure location at the foot of the roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. It is strategically located in proximity to our major wildlife protected areas in the Tanzania’s northern tourist circuit, thus providing expediency for field practical and excursions. Access from and to the main entry points, has given the College an advantage of being one of the convenient centres for seminars, workshops, symposia and conferences.
We are committed to developing an environment which promotes equality of opportunity, values diversity and where students, staff and other stakeholders can work and study free from discrimination and harassment regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation. Our ambition is to ensure that Mweka becomes your second home!
Lastly, I wish to welcome the support of our parteners to help us achieve our mandate of training managers who will take care of African wildlife resources and promote tourism sector for the benefit of mankind. You can support us through pursuing your courses at Mweka and/or collaborating with Mweka to facilitate the training process. Please be a part of Mweka, be a part of conservation!
Prof. Jafari R. Kideghesho