The College of Business Education (CBE) is closely linked to the history of the nation itself. It was soon after Independence on 9th December 1961, that the newly independent state found itself in need of trained personnel for the running of the Commercial and Industrial activities. At that time there were very few nationals with commercial education. The need to get trained nationals for the commercial sector gave birth to the need for a business training institute in the country.
In 1965 the establishing Act of the College, Act of Parliament No. 31 of 1965 was enforced. The said Act gave the College its legal status as an autonomous institution with its Governing Body. The duties of the Governing Body were to govern and administer the College activities under the Ministry responsible for Trade.
His Excellency, J.K. Nyerere, the first President of the United Republic of Tanzania officially opened the new College in January 1965. The College was officially named the “College of Business Education” (CBE).
College of Business Education (Mwanza Campus) commenced operation as branch of College of Business Education (CBE) in December 2007 with 288 students in certificate and diploma courses, but now it has four programs (Procurement, Accountancy, Marketing and Business Administration) with more than a thousand students. However CBE-Mwanza Campus attracts many students from Lake Region around Mwanza like Shinyanga, Musoma, Bukoba and among others.
The Mwanza campus is located opposite tanganyika library. The campus is headed by Centre Manager who is the overall in charge of the day to day activities of the campus