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21 Students Graduate with First Class from CEDAT



The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology will this year graduate over 500 students with 21 students graduating with First Class Honors degrees in various fields.  This year’s graduation ceremony will be held starting May 17 to May 21, 2021.

Some of the best students shared with us their motivation to succeed at the university.

Coutinho. K. Gloria

Coutinho. K. Gloria

I am a proud artist and an emerging fashion designer. My three-year journey at the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts (MTSIFA) can best be described as an extreme sport indeed! However, despite it being significantly challenging, I feel a great sense of fulfilment because Art is my calling and therefore, I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything. My success is inspired by an inbuilt drive for perfection and excellence. In addition, I applaud Makerere University for giving creatives the freedom of expression as well as a conducive environment to blossom and impact positively on society. Last but not least, to mom and dad, for the moral and financial support in a world where the idea of a career in art is often received with a lot of skepticism, gratitude is a must!

Karungi Prunella. N

Karungi Prunella Nielsen

I am a goal-oriented person. I came to campus with a goal of getting a First-Class degree and nothing less. That meant I had prepared my brain for the task ahead and was determined to work as hard as I possibly could to attain it right from the first year. People make the mistake of playing around in first year and yet it’s the stage when things are a bit easier and is a great opportunity to maximise your chance to excel since it contributes to the final score at the end of the course, rather than wait for things to get harder and accumulate.

I believe the company one keeps affects the manner in which they conduct themselves. I for one identified people who shared in the same goal with me and made them very close friends of mine and were actually part of my discussion groups: Owino Shelah, Owot Derrick, Kagimu Solomon were among them. We motivated and challenged each other to push to our best at all times even when it got tiring and that’s what kept us going, which is why we were all able to attain first class degrees.

I really wanted to make my parents proud. I have been blessed with both parents who have provided everything I have ever needed. I never had any trouble at school. I never lacked anything and I knew that all they wanted was for me to emerge as one of the best. I wanted to make them proud in that aspect as a way of my gratitude towards their tireless commitment towards taking care of me and my every need.

Bayiga Sharon Natukunda

Bayiga Sharon Natukunda

I loved art and I had the talent for it. I believe I picked this from my mother who was a gown fashion designer. I look up to my mother and other ladies in the world that have succeeded in using art to express and reveal themselves.  This motivated me to take it on and push this talent to another level.

This talent was driven by passion. I was doing what I love most ‘ art’. That forced me to work hard, be persistent and the desire to achieve my academic excellence in art. It has been said by many students that its impossible to get a first-class degree in BIFA, it is this myth that I wanted to demystify. I am glad I did.

Martin Senkubuge

Martin Senkubuge

Am Martin Senkubuge aka SMQ, during my first week at campus I met with my Primary and High school (Ntare School) friend Davis Tushabomwe, who was doing Petroleum Geoscience and Production. We had a three-hour conversation and he shared with me basic principles of managing campus life and academic excellence.

Out of this long and impactful conversation, I came up with my three principles

1. Living a life without regrets, this controlled my decision making all the time, amidst campus life temptations

2. Never be a beggar. This always encouraged me to work on everything myself incase no one was there to help

3. Act like a fool and be a good listener. This helped me so much in my course since I knew I was an exceptional piece of talent. I had to ensure that I listen to whatever my lecturers and professors passed on to me, whether it made sense at that moment or not, I always believed it would later. This is where most students always think they are too smart than their lecturers and professors. This principle guided me so much and helped me stay Humble

I surely had a number of challenges throughout my years at campus however they never affected me so much since I was passionate about what I was doing.

I had to always raise some money out of small projects to ensure that I submit daily courseworks in time, my friends always complained about my red eyes since most of them didn’t know about my sleepless nights and busy schedules during day.

I had heard from many Alumni, that BIFA wasn’t easy but being a born again Christian always reminded me that Greater is He in us than the one in the world.

And I knew that through prayer, hard work and respect for my principles, I would definitely make it and I did

I am glad that my uneducated parents have a first-Class degree son in the whole clan. Let this motivate you reading this, everything is possible, simply create the right mindset and be positive all the time.

Special Thanks to the MTSIFA fraternity, all my supervisors, my parents, secondary parents and helpers, my art clients all over the world, my classmates, my siblings and everyone else.

Looking forward to pursuing further studies.

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3 Mak Teams in Efficiency for Access Design Challenge Grand Final



Efficiency for Access Design Challenge 2021 Grand Final, 23rd June, 11:00 AM BST (1:00 PM EAT).

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge is a global, multi-disciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to help accelerate clean energy access.

To provide universal energy access, we urgently need to enhance the efficiency and affordability of high performing appliances for off and weak-grid settings in low to middle income countries. The Challenge
invites teams of university students to create affordable and high-performing off-grid appliances and supportive technologies. 

This year, 21 universities from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda, Sweden and the UK will participate. Three teams from Makerere University are taking part in the Challenge.

This year’s Grand Final will be happening on the 23rd June at 11:00am BST (1:00pm EAT) includes:  

  • A showcase of some of the amazing submissions we have received this year.
  • An awards ceremony for teams with the most innovative designs  
  • Panel discussion: ‘How do we truly achieve inclusive energy access?’, giving you the chance to hear insights into the future of the off-grid industry

The event also gives participants the opportunity to network with specialists working in the off-grid appliance sector.

You can register here to attend the event.

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CEDAT Annual Report 2020



The Principal-Prof. Henry Alinaitwe (3rd L), Deputy Principal-Dr. Venny Nakazibwe (2nd L), with Deans R-L: Dr. Kizito Maria Kasule, Dr. Moses Musinguzi, Dr. Dorothy Kabagaju Okello and Heads of Department at a meeting in the CEDAT Conference Hall, Makerere University.

Africa Centre of Excellence in Materials Product Development and Nanotechnology (MAPRONANO). The Center was developed out of the need to strengthen research and training in the thematic areas of materials science and engineering, nanotechnology and nanomedicine in order to develop human resource capacity in applied science engineering disciplines for the development of the great lakes region.

MAPRONANO ACE offers highly specialized short courses in welding technology, health safety engineering, Oil & gas, Monoclonal and Nanobodies generation, Bioinformatics & Next Generation sequencing techniques. Nanomedicine Program is implemented in partnership with College of Health Sciences (MakCHS).

The centre is supported by the World Bank to the tune of USD 6 million.

The centre has registered a number of success/ achievements during the last 3 years, some of which include;

Student Training

  • 1 PhD student & 110 MSc students were enrolled in the academic year 2019/2020.
  • 50 students attended the Short Course in Tablet development of which 22 were regional students from University of Nairobi.

MOUs generated

  • 3 MOUs with Vaal University, Sefako Makgatho University of health Sciences South Africa and industrial partner CODEK Engineering Ltd have been signed, budgets and work plans submitted

Peer Reviewed publications

  • 7 peer reviewed publications in high impact journals have been published and 4 conference papers have been presented by the faculty and students.

Industry Engagement

  • MAPRONO ACE conducted industry engagement and student placements in the Eastern and Western region to promote University-private partnerships. A total of 30 manufacturing industries have participated and over 20 internship placements have been secured for the students.

Gender Awareness and Career Guidance in High School

  • MAPRONANO ACE conducted career guidance and gender awareness in high schools in Eastern and Western Uganda to encourage students mostly girls to take up STEM subjects. Over 35 high schools and over 1,500 students participated.

Revenue Generation (Grants/Contracts at Various Stages)

MAPRONANO ACE won several grant awards from Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund (MakRIF) and COVID19 Emergency Fund for:-

  • Viral load determination and antibody profiling among Covid-19 patients UGX 60,000,000 ($16,216.2), Prof. Charles Ibingira (PI)
  • Perfecting the design and testing the feasibility of disinfecting gloves (D-Gloves) UGX 60,000,000 ($16,216.2) Prof. John Baptist Kirabira (PI)
  • Valorization of cassava peels for abatement of active pharmaceutical contaminants from water systems in Uganda UGX 219,720,000 ($59,383.7) Prof. John Baptist Kirabira (PI)
  • Up-cycling plastic wastes by incorporation of agricultural residues for the development of environmentally friendly packaging products, UGX 104,310,000 ($28,191.9) Dr. Michael Lubwama (PI)
  • Nanobody based point of care diagnostic kit for cervical cancer UGX 194,000,000 ($52,432) Prof. Charles Ibingira (PI)

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CEDAT Swears-In New Student Leaders



Incoming members of the Makerere Engineering Society (MES) Cabinet take oath during the Swearing-In ceremony for Student Associations' leaders on 21st May 2021, CEDAT Conference Hall, Makerere University.

The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) on Friday May 21, 2021 witnessed the handover and swearing-in of new student leaders of the various associations at the college.

The college has 6 associations each with a president and a cabinet.

The associations include Makerere Engineering Society (MES), Makerere Association of Construction Management (MAC), Makerere University Fine Art Students Association (MUFASA), Makerere University Association of Surveying Students, Makerere University Planners Association, Makerere Architecture Student Association.

The handover was witnessed by the Principal, Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, the Dean of the School of the Built Environment, Prof. Moses Musinguzi, Dr. Eng. Anthony Rucukye, who represented the patron of MES, the Deputy Principal, Dr. Venny Nakazibwe, the Principal Communication Officer, Ms. Betty Kyakuwa and the Web Administrator, Mr. Mark Rujumba as well as parents of the new student leaders.

In his remarks, Prof. Alinaitwe thanked the out-going leadership for working with the college to improve student welfare and also organize academic events.

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