Welcome to the website of theCollege of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Makerere University.
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) was formed from a merger of two academic units: Faculty of Technology (FOT) and Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts (MTSIFA).
This academic cooperation springs from the practical-based teaching and learning methods in FOT and MTSIFA which emphasize creativity and innovation aimed at solving societal problems. The technological advancement in the twenty-first century has further reduced the gap between art, design and technology, which more than ever before, calls for interdisciplinary pedagogical approaches between the artists, designers, architects, surveyors, construction managers and engineers.
With a student population of 3,200 and academic staff of 227 the college is among the largest at Makerere University. In line with the University’s strategy, the College has steadily moved from traditional classroom teaching to more learner centred pedagogy, which stresses research and innovation. We encourage our students to be innovative and search for solutions to problems that afflict our society. Our academic staff is also engaged in intensive research and innovation. This is why the college has come to be known as the home of innovation. Popular known for the vehicle design project, the college is engaged in several other research projects. The college has found itself at the vanguard of technological, art and design advancement while staying relevant to the needs of the society. Our research and innovative capacity has helped attract support from Government and development partners. The quality of our graduates has inspired collaborations with different universities, communities and companies.
The former Faculty of Technology and MTSIFA started with four traditional disciplines of Civil, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering and Fine Art. Starting with only 10 students, they have expanded over the last 30 years in scope and enrolment. Currently CEDAT includes the departments of Architecture and Physical Planning, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Construction Economics and Management, Geomatics and Land Management, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Fine Art, Industrial Art & Applied Design, Visual Communication as well as the institute for Heritage and various centres.
In all this CEDAT is guided by the mission: To undertake high quality research relevant to the region’s and global development needs and consequently produce highly qualified graduates with specialised skills but equipped with holistic knowledge, as well as professional services and innovation for sustainable national and regional development.
Assoc. Prof. Henry Alinaitwe
Principal, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology