The Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Chair in Pan African Studies (MNC-PAS) of the University of Dar es salaam was established in 2008 to honour and promote the thought and ideals of the great Pan-African leader and first President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. Through MNC-PAS, the university envisaged to address social-economic, scientific, and cultural problems facing the country, Africa and the world at large. Using the great minds of the university, it was anticipated that the chair would stimulate intellectual thinking, discourses and debates among scholars and community to discuss development issues and challenges of the country. With its establishment, Professor Issa Gulamhussein Shivji was appointed as the first Professor of the Chair holding the position from 2008-2013, and from 2014, Professor Penina Oniviel Mlama is the current seating Professor of the chair.
The main objectives of the MNC-PAS was to promote interdisciplinary basic research on broad development issues from a Pan-African perspective; to reinvigorate the University as a site of rigorous intellectual debate and discussions through varied activities including soft and hard publications; to create spaces for debates on development directions; and to actively encourage and mentor young researchers in basic research.
The core activities of the chair include; the Annual Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Intellectual Festival; the Mwalimu Nyerere Lecture by internationally distinguished scholar; vice chancellors palaver on development; Occasional lectures; Book launches and Publications. In the first eight years of its existence, the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Chair in Pan African Studies has hosted and facilitated a number of activities including;
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