The Open University of Tanzania (OUT) was established by an Act of Parliament No. 17 of 1992. It is a single mode institution offering certificate, diploma and degree courses through distance learning. Its Headquarters is situated in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Open University of Tanzania is a fully fledged and accredited public institution of higher learning being autonomous and mandated to conduct academic programmes leading to certificate, diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Prof. Mbwette is a holder of a BSc. Engineering (Hons) degree specialized in Civil Engineering since 1981. He has gained a wide range of management experiences of higher education institutions at both micro and macro levels. He has for the last twenty nine years been a team leader of various multi-disciplinary research teams responsible for treatment of both drinking and wastewater treatment systems that rely on bio-systems. He has a broad experience in management of higher education institutions initially through being an Associate Dean responsible for Research, Publications and Postgraduate Studies for three years in the former Faculty of Engineering at University of Dar es Salaam after which he assisted the UDSM Vice Chancellor in Coordinating the much acclaimed University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Transformation Programme for eight years between July 1994 and April, 2002. Prof. Mbwette has also participated and been involved in co-ordination of a number of co-operation programmes between Europe and America and Universities in Africa ranging from East, Central and Southern Africa