Effort is on to enhance collaboration between Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) and Strathmore University in the area of renewable energy.
During a meeting held between the College management and Prof Izael Pereira Da Silva from Strathmore University on Monday 13th December in the College Boardroom, the two institutions agreed on a way forward to champion the establishment of a center for renewable in Makerere University drawing from the experience from Strathmore University.
The Vice Chancellor Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe while welcoming Prof. Izael Pereira Da Silva, observed that a number of organizations had contacted the University but the process did not get started for lack of a champion to propel the drive.
He commended Prof. Izael Pereira Da Silva for coming back to Makerere where he served over ten years ago to share ideas that would not only see the University lead the process of greening the campus but also start on a journey that would lead to reduced energy costs in the running of the University.
Dr. Dorothy Okello and her team in the School of Engineering were charged to take lead in the process with support from Prof. Da Silva. It was noted that the School of engineering was in the process of strengthening the programming and therefore in position to take the process ahead by starting on a small project.
According to Prof. Izael Pereira Da Silva of Strathmore University, there was a lot that Makerere could do towards realizing the needed partnerships in the area of renewable energy borrowing a leaf from his University which had realized a number of milestones in the use of renewable energy.
He said Strathmore University had started a program of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and that there was a lot that they could learn from the College of Engineering, Design, Art and technology and hence the need for close collaboration.
Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum opened at Makerere University.
Sir Edward Muteesa II Museum was officially opened, Wednesday 21st February 2024 at a ceremony presided over by Her Royal Highness, Nnalinnya Agnes Nabaloga on behalf of the Kabaka of Buganda, His Royal Highness Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.
The Museum located at plot 95, quarry road Makerere University is housed in the premises of what was an on-campus private residence of Sir Edward Muteesa II while a student of literature at Makerere University from 1943-1945.
UNU-FLORES seeks collaboration with CEDAT
The College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology, (CEDAT) hosted Christian P. Schneider, a PhD researcher and Focal Point for African partnerships from UN-FLORES. During a meeting held in the College Boardroom on Monday 12th February 2024 involving members of staff, the discussions focused on finding areas of collaboration between the college and UN-FLORES, which is the academic arm of the UN.
Christian P. Schneider said UNU-FLORES which is United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and Resources focuses on addressing critical global challenges related to human survival, development, and welfare through collaborative research and education.
Translating Luganda Text into speech, An Innovation at CEDAT
Researchers at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) using Artificial Intelligence have come up with an innovation to aid translation of Luganda language written text into speech.
A team of researchers led by the Principal Investigator Dr. Ronald Kizito from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department undertook a study they called, ‘A Luganda Neural Text-To-Speech System for Health Promotion and Accessibility for Health Promotion and Accessibility’.
The study supported by the Government of Uganda through the Makerere University Research and Innovation Fund (MAKRIF) was aimed at coming up with an innovation that will help the dissemination of health messages to a wide Luganda-speaking audience who may not be in a position to read written text, which is usually the mode used in sending out information through literature like fliers.
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