The United Republic of Tanzania
National Defence College
NDC at a Glance
The road to NDC can be traced back to the establishment of the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) in the mid-sixties. However, the concrete idea to establish NDC in Tanzania was mooted in the 1990s. A decade later, the objective underlying this aspiration was explicitly expressed in 2011 by Honourable Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi – the then Minister for Defence and National Service in a speech delivered on his behalf by Mr. Job D. Masima - Permanent Secretary of the Ministry at Consultative Workshop. He said,
"Our Nation needs the NDC not only because it is more expensive to train abroad and difficult to secure limited slots normally availed by foreign colleges but… because it is not possible to institutionalize a national strategic culture and mind-set basing on alien knowledge…
It is my expectation that our NDC will enable its participants to study macro issues at the global, regional and national levels and acquire Tanzanian perspectives... Our Nation’s security inevitably is affected by global and regional issues and international relations… The NDC must expose the participants to the best mind of the academia as well as practitioners of statecraft from Tanzania and abroad."
Construction of the NDC buildings was completed on 10th January 2011. On 11 April 2011 the NDC Faculty comprising the Commandant, three Senior Directing Staff, the College Secretary and a Medical Officer were appointed to commence preparations for NDC Courses.
Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the then President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces officiated the College and its First Course on 10 September 2012.
In his inaugural speech on 10 September 2012, His Excellence Dr. Jakaya M. Kikwete highlighted the importance of the College. He said the NDC as a premier Defence Institution, like other National Defence Colleges worldwide, has the objective of advancing the strategic interests of the nation.