The Department of Architecture and Physical planning, College of Engineering Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) convened a two day training and awareness session for Masons and Fundis as a way of sharing scientific knowledge, ideas and new ways of construction drawing from the research experiences in the college.
The event, the first of its kind attracted a number of stakeholders in the building industry that made an exhibition of the various building materials on the market. They included Uganda Clays Ltd, Hima Cement, steel and Tube, The National Building Review Board, the National Physical Planning Board, Simba Cement and Kansai Plascon Paint.
Prof Barnabas Nawangwe an Architect by profession officiated the opening of the training on Thursday 9th February 2022 in the CEDAT Conference room. He said the training was timely because Fundis and Manson handle most of the construction in Uganda following a construction boon since the 1990s. He observed that on most of the construction sites, there were no engineers or architects and therefore it was important that frontline people in the building industry were equipped with extra skills.
Prof. Nawangwe advised the fundis and masons to learn to appreciate the drawings that show what needs to be done on sites and ensure that they are adhered unless advised otherwise.He said masons and fundis were every important people in the communities although they did not get the opportunity to get trained in technical institution but rather learnt on job. He argued the college and partners to devise means of extending the training country wide as one of the ways through which the University wouldtransfer knowledge and offer community service in line with objective of being responsive to the needs of the communities.
Prof. Nawangwe congratulated CEDAT for the initiative and the planned extension of similar sessions to other artisans that include Mechanics, Electricians and Plumbers. He said this was in line with the government objective of skilling the youth and thereby creating employment opportunities.
While speaking at the same event, The Principal CEDAT Prof Henry Alinaitwe said as the University celebrates 100 years, the College was working towards realizing the original objectives of the university which started as a technical college producing technicians. He said Makerere University was well established to offer training, research and knowledge transfer partnerships and that such trainings were some of the ways through which the university was reaching out to the people on the ground.
Makerere University to partner with the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST)
Makerere University is set to enter into a partnership with Egypt –Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST). The collaboration between the two universities to be formalized with the signing of a memorandum of understanding in the near future will see the two universities working together in a number of respects including staff and student exchanges, joint research and student supervision among others.
The decision comes after a visit to Makerere University by a delegation from the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) on Thursday 23rd November 2023, led by the First Vice President for Education and Academic Affairs Prof. Sameh Nadah. The team comprised of the Deputy Vice President for Regional and International Affairs Dr. Muntaz Abdeluahaz, Ms. Tomomi Kawazoe the Project Coordinator for JICA E-JUST project and Mr. Racan Yosef, the Section head of International Affairs.
Ms. Dorah Kasozi successfully defended her Ph.D. Thesis
Dorah Kasozi from the Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine Art (MTSIFA), College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) successfully defended her Ph.D. on Friday 3rd November 2023.
Kasozi is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Industrial Art and Applied Design (DIAAD).
The blended public defense event was held in the CEDAT Board room attracting the participation of both virtual and physical audiences from various backgrounds.
Her Thesis is titled; “PAPER BEAD[ING] AS AGENCY: SHAPING WOMEN’S SUBJECTIVITIES AND THE PRACTICE OF JEWELRY-MAKING IN UGANDA.”
The School of the Built Environment at CEDAT conducts the first ever Ph.D. colloquium
There is need for change in the way graduate students are handled if the University is to realize its Research- led agenda.
This was said by The Deputy Principal College of Engineering, Design Art and technology (CEDAT), Assoc. Prof. Kizito Maria Kasule who also called increased attention given to graduate students through whom the university will realize its objectives, mission and vision.
While speaking duringa colloquium for Ph.D. students’ orientation held on October 25th 2023 in the CEDAT conference Hall, Assoc. Prof. Kizito Maria Kasule noted that the students were not getting the due attention they deserve and called for a change of approach and mindset from those that administer the programs.
‘We have to admit that sometimes we have not been there for our students. At times there has not been any follow up about the students we are supervising’, said the Deputy Principal who is also in charge of the administration of the academic programs in the college. Click here for more details
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