Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere University of Agriculture and Technology is a public University established in honour of the Father of the Nation, the late Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, who was the first President of the United Republic of Tanzania (1961-1985).
The University promotes the philosophies of Mwalimu Nyerere by being a "real time" industry- and community-responsive Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) generation and transfer centre. The University is thus set to be STI knowledge centre that values research generation and transfer and bridges the gaps between research and extension/development. It thus strives to spearhead industrial/sectoral and community development through promoting effective use of STI and being an exemplar in franchising technologies and innovations. The University is thus set to brand itself as STI generation and transfer institution.
The primary focus of MJNUAT is agricultural programmes as well as science and technology disciplines. In its resolve to hasten use of science and technology for development, the university also brings aboard social science programmes. This is based on the fact that use of science and technology in development programmes requires involvement of multi-stakeholder actors.
The university aspires to achieve the above by configuring its curricula, mode of delivery and practical training in a manner that promotes and fosters acquisition of adequate knowledge and technical skills; with the view of generating highly technically skilled graduates that can serve as game changers in industrial, sectoral and community development.The university also is geared at offering technical training programmes as well as mounting various forms of empowerment of stakeholders, notably youths and SME operators.
The other focus area is generation of graduates with adequate business skills and competences to enable them to venture into commercial farming, agro-processing and other forms of science based ventures. This will be achieved through mounting various forms of business incubation and cluster linkage initiatives. The university will also foster this mandate by forming an Entrepreneurial Service Support Unit that will help graduates to be navigated through their business ventures by offering requisite business mentor-ship support.