Tangaza College is a Catholic University College jointly owned by the member religious congregations. It has its roots in Catholic Tradition, especially as planted and nourished in East Africa (the AMECEA region) through the missionary endeavors which spanned the late 19th and entire 20th centuries. Now in the 21st century, and in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, the people of Tangaza recognize that they themselves are sent to participate in the renewal and development of that Tradition. As befits an institution of higher learning this will be realized primarily through commitment to academic excellence and the personal transformation of its students, both lay and religious.
Currently, the college offers undergraduate degrees, masters degree, diploma programmes and a number of certificate programmes in its various institutes.
The phenomenal growth of the College is a reflection of the importance that the Kenya Nation attaches to development in those fields and in education in general, all these being rounded up with a religious and spiritual touch rendering the student an all round formation at Tangaza.
Grounded on the Trinitarian Mission of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Tangaza College reaches out in the world, by providing human, spiritual, academic, and pastoral formation programs to prepare candidates for the priestly, missionary and other ministries of the Catholic Church and quality leadership in the society. To this end the College is committed to providing an all round quality education in an environment which promotes freedom and responsibility, excellence in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, ethical and integral development in service to society. Our Values
As a Catholic Institution, Tangaza College is a community of faith in Jesus Christ that witnesses to Gospel values in all its proceedings:
a. The personal and holistic development of the students
b. Preferential option for the poor
c. Response to the signs of times
d. Truth, honesty, transparency, peace and justice
e. The culture of excellence and high moral standards
f. Respect for and promotion of cultural diversity and inter-religious dialogue
g. Human dignity and the sanctity of human life
Tangaza College aspires to be a community of learning and holistic human formation directed towards the promotion of gospel values and academic excellence in a multi-cultural context. Our community is committed to ministerial education to produce agents of Evangelization and social transformation with a special interest in outreach towards the integrity of creation and a wider human horizon. As a consequence we aspire to transcend all artificial boundaries of race, religion, gender, class and ethnicity to be consistent with the Divine Vision for the human family.
Tangaza - Theological Centre of Religious opened its doors to the first group of students on 25 August 1986. Twenty students came from seven countries and from three religious congregations (Consolata Fathers, Salesians of Don Bosco and the Congregation of the Holy Spirit).
On 30 October 1987, in the presence of the Pro-Nuncio, the College was blessed and formally inaugurated by His Eminence Maurice Cardinal Otunga, Archbishop of Nairobi. The enrolment at Tangaza College (as it is now legally known) has continued to increase since 1987. In the academic year 2010-2011, a total of 1241 students, 494 of these in the School of Theology, were studying in the College.