St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) was established in 1998, is the successor of the Nyegezi Social Training Institute (NSTI) founded in 1960 as the Nyegezi Social Training Centre by the Catholic White Fathers (Now called the Missionaries of Africa), Under the initiative of Bishop Joseph Blomjous of the Mwanza Diocese.
The early sixties were years characterized by the emergence of Independent African nations, including Tanzania, from colonial rule. As the winds of change swept across Africa South of the Saraha, the White Fathers recognized that skills in communication, community, development, accounting, management and administration had to be developed, in order to educate the personnel who would take positions of leadership in the countries of East and Central Africa that were gaining their independence.
The founder of the Nyegezi Social Training Institute (NSTI) envisioned a training that would not only impart academic and professional skills but also inculcate values of civic and social learning.
The Nyegezi Social Training Institute was established with a view to training indigenous manpower, regardless of race or creed, in general management as well as in professional skills such as journalism, accountancy, material management, and Health Administration.
When Bishop Joseph Blomjous retired in 1964, he handed over the institute to his successor, Bishop Renatus Butibubage, who in 1975 entrusted it to the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC). The Tanzania Episcopal Conference guided and managed the Nyegezi Social Training Institute in achieving its aim of manpower training. More than 2400men and women graduated from the institute for service in the countries of East and Central Africa until the 1998.