The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) held its 9th Annual Open day on 28th and 29th February 2020. The Open Day, which was launched in 2012 aims at exhibiting and promoting the innovative research ideas of students at the College. This year, the guest of honor at the event was Hon Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, The Minister for State in charge of Youths and Children’s Affairs under The Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development.
The College Principal, Professor Henry Alinaitwe in his remarks appreciated the Honorable Minister for sparing time to visit the college despite her busy schedule. He said that the students are youths and they are full of ideas and need the government’s support to promote their talent and innovations. He also showed his sincere appreciation to the government of Uganda for continually supporting the university most especially through the presidential initiative fund.
Honorable Nakiwala Kiyingi in her remarks credited the College administration for a job well done. She expressed how humbled and privileged she was to attend the CEDAT Open Day. “I will tell it to the mountains” Honorable Nakiwala said. “I am fully recruited to advocate and follow the cause of CEDAT” she added.
The CEDAT Open Day event was the Minister’s first engagement with the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology. She mentioned that she had no idea how much energy and wisdom is put into innovation at the College. The Minister promised to do something both physical and in kind to always remind the college that she was here on this very particular day.
The Minister went on to mention that the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development has many partnerships such as the one with the World Bank and other notable organizations that are very willing to fund such innovations under the youth docket.
The 9th CEDAT Open day, which was held under the theme “Transforming Lives through Innovations and Technology”, closed on the evening of Saturday 29th February 2020 with a Fashion show from the Students of the Margret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts.