Message from the Principal

philip 150x150Welcome to the College of Economics and Business Studies (COEBS). Whether you are visiting this website as a   student, parent, staff,business person, researcher, policy-maker or at whatever capacity, we are honoured to have you as our partner because you are why we are here.

Our College is a dynamic unit that is growing very fast. It has grown from a small unit formerly known as “Rural Economy Department” with a few students to become one of the largest academic units at the University. This has been in response to the changes in Tanzania’s macro-economic environment, the demand for competent professionals in the job market and self-employment. The College has about 1000 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness.

Currently, the College offers Undergraduate programs and Postgraduate programs: Two Bachelors Degree: 1) BSc. Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness and 2) Bsc. of Agricultural Investment and Banking. Three Masters Degrees: 1) MSc. Agricultural Economics, 2) MSc. Collaborative Masters of Applied Agricultural Economics and 3) MSc. Business Administration and Agribusiness. Two PhD programs: 1) PhD in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Agribusiness.

At the moment the College has 35 academic staff and 4 supporting staff. About two-thirds of the academic staff are PhD holders, making the School the highest concentration of professional agricultural economist not only in the country but also in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.

With the acquisition of new premises, plans are underway to construct a state of the art teaching and learning facilities including Lecture theatres, Seminar rooms, Offices, Incubators, Libraries, Language labs and recreational facilities for students and staff.

At COEBS there is a unique community of students and staff dedicated to bringing out the best in all its members. Our aim is to provide the best possible environment for teaching, learning, research and public services. Our track record of excellence in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness is well known in East Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.

We will continue to ensure that your time with us will be filled with excitement and experiences that you can treasure for a lifetime. We also recognize that the quality of student experiences derives from more than academic excellence. That is why the College encourages students to use the various sports and recreational facilities available at the University.

At COEBS we nurture a culture of teamwork, innovation for both our staff and students to ensure impactful, tangible changes in teaching and learning. We believe these enable our students to excel in broader horizons.

I hope you will find this website helpful and interesting. Thank you for your interest in our College and for being, or considering becoming, part of the COEBS family. Should you not find what you are looking for, please let us know and we will try to help.

Dr. Damas L. Philip
Senior Lecturer and Acting Principal
College of Agricultural Economics and Business Studies
Sokoine University of Agriculture
P.O.Box 3007, SUA- Morogoro
E-mail philip@sua.ac.tz