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Makerere University in Transition, 1993-2000: Opportunities and Challenges

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Cover Illustration

A woodcut by Ugandan artist George Kyeyune, which he created for the cover of Makerere University in Transition 1993-2000: Opportunities and Challenges.

George Kyeyune is a graduate of what was originally called the Margaret Trowell School of Fine Arts at Makerere University and of the Maharaja Sayahiraho at the University of Baroda in India. In 1990 he assumed teaching responsibilities for sculpture at Makerere University; in 1999 he received a Commonwealth Scholarship for doctoral study in African art at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Kyeyune's research concentrates on changes and developments in Uganda's visual art in the twentieth century. He is also a member of the Ngoma International Artists Workshop Committee.

In his explanation of the woodcut, Kyeyune wrote: "The Makerere administration building is the best distinguishing feature of the University, so it appears in the background. In the recent past, there has been an emphasis on increasing the number of female students. There has also been a deliberate effort in schools to encourage girls to take science-based subjects. The woman using the computer is intended to highlight this issue. The man ploughing to the right brings in the aspect of Makerere's outreach programme in agriculture, technology and medicine. In fact, almost all courses have an outreach component in their curriculum. The woman using a phone refers to the idea of business participation in Makerere's development. The frieze of young learners at the bottom recalls Makerere's motto: 'We build for the future.' Beneath them is a design taken from traditional African patterns as a reminder that Makerere is an African university, and should therefore strive to design courses that are focused on African issues."

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