The idea to establish SFUCHAS is a consequence of the decision taken by the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) based on the need for the Catholic Church to contribute to the training of more doctors and other Health professionals in Tanzania in the face of inadequacy of qualified personnel in the Health Sector.
SFUCHAS is an institution that deals with scientific knowledge creation, safeguard, and dissemination through teaching, Research and Public Service. It is a centre of Culture, Knowledge and Research. The following Fundamental Principles are imperative for the Saint Augustine University of Tanzania and its constituent colleges, to distinguish itself from other institutions of learning in the society:
- The University is an autonomous institution at the heart of societies differently organized because of geographical and historical heritage; it produces, examines, appraises and hands down culture by research and teaching, to meet the needs of the world around it. Its research and teaching must be morally and intellectually independent of all political authority and economic power.
- Teaching and research in universities must be inseparable if their tuition is not to lag behind changing needs, the demands of society, and advances in scientific knowledge.
- Freedom in research and training is the fundamental principle of university life, and governments and universities, each as far as in them lies, must ensure respect for this fundamental requirement. Rejecting intolerance and always open to dialogue, a university is an ideal meeting-ground for teachers capable of imparting their knowledge and well equipped to develop it by research and innovation and students entitled, able and willing to enrich their minds with that knowledge.
- A university is the trustee of the societal humanist tradition; its constant care is to attain universal knowledge to fulfil its vocation it transcends geographical and political frontiers, and affirms the vital need for different cultures to know and influence each other.