Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology
Makerere University College of Engineering – Details:
The Makerere University College of Engineering
A major structural change took place in July 1978 when the common course was reduced to three terms, becoming the equivalent of the first year. Examinations were then held at the end of each academic year. The fourth term of each year was devoted to industrial training.
The engineering program duration lasted four years, divided into three parts – the Preliminary and Part I, which were common to all the students, lasting two years.The Faculty of Technology was established in 1969 but it fully opened its doors in July 1970 with an intake of 26 students in the three traditional areas of Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at a time when the Uganda Government realised that industries needed more technical manpower than what was being produced, mainly from the University of Nairobi and abroad at that time.
1990 to 2010, The Faculty of Technology evolves
During the first 16 years of its existence, the progress of the Faculty was made possible by the unswerving support of UNDP-UNESCO project that provided expatriate staff, scholarships, laboratory equipment and text books. Since then, the Faculty has expanded and now boasts of six undergraduate departments, two sub-departments of Engineering Maths and Urban Planning and a fully fledged graduate program.
There were also plans in die pipeline to transform into a College of Engineering and Technology in order to foster the expansion and development of the Engineering options.In 1998 the University introduced a semester system which the Faculty of Engineering embraced. This was accompanied by diversification, redesign and introduction of a credit system.
The semester system has continued to promote specialised training of technology students in their respective disciplines, namely, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Surveying and Architecture.In 1990, the Faculty of Agriculture started a department of Agricultural Engineering, with an arrangement that their students spend their first two years in the Faculty of Technology, studying the same subjects with their Mechanical Engineering counterparts, an arrangement that still stands the test of time.
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology Today
At its special meeting held on 12th November 2010, the Makerere University Council approved the Senate recommendation to transform Makerere University into a collegiate university.
Established in 1922, Makerere University has grown over the years to become one of the leading universities in Africa. There was a need to divide functions between the central administration of the university and viable constituent colleges. The transformation into a collegiate university has involved restructuring of the twenty two existing academic units into nine (9) constituent colleges and one (1) school.
The following nine (9) constituent colleges were established.
- The college of Health Sciences (Established 1st December 2007 under the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act-Establishment of College of Health Sciences, Makerere University) Order 2008.
- College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
- College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Also the colleges of Computing and Information Sciences
- College of Business and Management Sciences
- College of Education and External Studies
- The college of Natural Sciences
- College of Engineering, Design, and Technology
- College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources & Bio-Security
The school is:
- School of Law
The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology is made up of 3 Academic Units:
- The School of The Built Environment
- The School of Engineering
- The Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Art
The Academics section further goes on to show the departments that make up the schools. Currently, each of the Schools at CEDAT have 3 departments, offering each distinct academic programs.