The Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Art (MTSIFA) in the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) Makerere University has entered into a partnership with the University of Bergen (UIB), Faculty of Art, Music and Design to work towards internalizing and nurturing local indigenous knowledge.
The project will contribute to a multidisciplinary internationalization of higher education between global south and north with art, design, music, involving the two universities and independent enterprises linked to these disciplines.
Teams from the two Universities met at the College of Engineering to further discuss the implementation details and paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Principal, Dr. Venny Nakazibwe.
The project aims to strengthen and develop curricula that investigates how a multidisciplinary approach to arts produced and displayed in public space can support skill and knowledge development within a framework of equitable education and cultural sustainability
This will be dome through activities where local assets form the components of artistic practice and where collaborations between students, staff and professionals will provide training and build competence at both partner institutions.
According to Dr. Venny Nakazibwe, the multi -disciplinary project within design, visual art and music will be coordinated by the University of Bergen (UIB), Faculty of Art, Music and Design together with Makerere University, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT)
It aims to strengthen a long term partnership in educational exchange for the first time within multidisciplinary educational module that will be embeddedin the curricular of two existing post graduate programs at UiB and will allow for the participation of students from Uganda through scholarships, exchange and short term workshops.
The five-year projectwill be conducted in four stages namely mutual academic staff mobility, student participation in workshops through blended mobility, full semester exchange and a full Master’s program as well as the implementation of the new model.
In all stages, online learning platforms will support team work, knowledge exchange and curriculum development. The result will be publicly disseminated in museums and galleries during the project and in major exposition in project finalization.