Humility, Patience among Virtues behind Success of Universities: Bishop in Tanzania

Logo of the Catholic University of Mbeya (CUoM) in Tanzania. Credit: Catholic University of Mbeya (CUoM)

At the launch of the Catholic University of Mbeya (CUoM) in Tanzania, Bishop Flavian Matindi Kassala of the country’s Geita Diocese has highlighted virtues needed for the success of the institution of higher learning. 

In his homily during the Holy Mass for CUoM following its approval by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) as a fully fledged University, the Vice President of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) highlighted humility and patience among virtues behind the growth and development of universities.

“Let us always understand that our success is maintained in humility, in kindness, in gentleness, in patience and in treating one another with forgiveness,” Bishop Kassala said Tuesday, January 16.

He decried incidents of antagonism between lecturers and students, including torture in the name of helping students succeed, and emphasized, “When a University lacks humility, kindness, gentleness, and patience, it can start to deteriorate.”

The Tanzanian Catholic Bishop highlighted the negative effects of bad relationships to the alumni, saying, “When graduates leave the University, they come out with hatred of the whole institution, or some hate the entire education system. This is because while they have been given skills, these values are lacking.”


“Our prayer is that those who will come to this university, and their lecturers work in humility. May the students be taught with patience and forgiveness,” Bishop Kassala implored during the launch of the TEC-owned institution of higher learning previously known as the Catholic University College of Mbeya (CUCoM).

He further implored that “those who will manage this campus” will strive to make the highlighted virtues “part of the campus culture.”

CUoM was established on 25 September 2002 as the SAUT-Mbeya Centre. On 9 July 2020 TCU approved the upgrading of the institution to become CUCoM, and a Constituent College of St. Augustine University of Tanzania.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.