Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University conduct various research activities that aim at contributing to the national, regional and global developmental agenda in areas of special needs education, ecotourism, nature conservation, environment, natural resources, and public health, nutrition (mental rehabilitation).

Our research agenda responds to the contemporary and emerging needs of special needs education, ecotourism, nature conservation, environment, natural resources and allied sectors.
We have strong collaborative research linkages with various stakeholders and researchers within Tanzania, African region and international communities.

Our Research policy priorities are focused on finding sustainable solutions and advancing knowledge to address National, African Regional and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) related to special needs education, ecotourism, nature conservation, environment, forestry, natural resource management, animal and public health, agribusiness, market and entrepreneurship, and information technology.

SEKOMU Research Projects

1. e-Learning teacher training programme for literacy learning and teaching in Sub-Saharan Africa: phase II. Funded by Niilo Mäki Foundation (NMF) Finland; 2019 – 2013.

2. Sharing environmental information to stimulate creativity for rural development. Case Lushoto District, NE-Tanzania. VLIR South Initiatives research project (KU Leuven, SEKOMU, SUA), Funded by Flemish inter-university Council (VLIR); 2012-2014

3. SEKOMU as a Field Station for a Project Named: “Landscape ecological clarification of bubonic plague distribution and outbreaks in the west Usambara Mountains, Tanzania (LEPUS). VLIR Own Initiative research project. Funded by Flemish inter-university Council (VLIR)”; 2008-2013

4. Universities and Businesses Co-Creating Sustainable Comminities (BUSCO): This is a joint project where four (SEKOMU, University of Iringa, Diaconia University of Applied Science (DIAK) Finland and Haaga-Helia University of Finland) universities are involved. The project title is: "Community Resilience and Inclusiveness in Sustainable Higher Education Practices". 

5. Solar Water Disinfection system (SoWaDis)-project for improving health conditions of small communities in schools, health centers through implementation and operation of ten (10) SoWaDis systems in the Usambara Mountains. Funded by the SwissWaterKiosk-Foundation (SWK); 2010

6. The SOLambara project – Profitable substitution of electrical water heaters by solar thermal systems at university dorms in the Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. Funded by Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Promotion in International Cooperation (REPIC) ( and the WaterKiosk Foundation (; August 2013 - April 2014

7. Mazi kwa Woshe – Water for All project in Shume, Tanzania. Project to established a pilot water project in Shume called Mazi Kwa Woshe (Water for All), to improve water access to the community living in Viti and Mavumo villages at Shume ward in the Usambara Mountains Tanzania.  Funded by the Evangelischer Kirchenkreis, Minden and Bread for the World: Protestant Development Service (Brot Für Die Welt); 2013-2019