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DUT Two academics to take part in international colloquium

DUT Two academics to take part in international colloquium


Two academics from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) will be sharing a platform with their UK and Ugandan counterparts at the 3rd International Design Health and Community Colloquium to be convened on 24 and 25 April 2008. This will be hosted by the School of Design at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK.

The ‘Design, Health, Community’ project (2007 – 2008), is a collaboration between the School of Design at Northumbria University in the UK, the Department of Graphic Design at Durban University of Technology in South Africa, and the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere University in Uganda.

DUT is one of two universities in Africa including Makerere that form part of the England -Africa Partnership Project. Northumbria University represents UK. The project focuses on the role of design in the development of an integrated and symbiotic approach to health education and economic advancement.

The previous two colloquiums have been convened in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the DUT as part of our National Research Foundation Niche Area “Appropriate Design Education for Sustainable Development.”

At the 2008 Colloquium renowned speakers will present the ways in which they have used art and design practice to contribute to the health and well-being of individuals and communities. The Colloquium will also provide an opportunity to share experiences and learn about the work of committed individuals and organizations.

Dr Kate Wells, Head of DUT’s Graphic Design Department will present a paper on “Ethical Enterprise and Community craft practice.”

Professor Ian Sutherland, Senior Director of DUT’s Department of Graphic Design, who is the South African Leader of the England Africa Project (EAP), will deliver a talk on “+Positive – the role of visual communication design in the fight against HIV/Aids with particular reference to the EAP in Uganda and South Africa.”

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