A Professor of Philosophy, Professor John Bewaji has donated books and blended learning materials to the newly created Department of Philosophy, Osun State University.
Professor Bewaji, who recently retired from the University of West Indies, Jamaica after over three decades said that the donation was to impact positively on the upcoming generation.
The donation, the management of Osun State University believes will help to positively influence the growth of the Department.
Speaking at a reception organised in honour of the Visiting Professor at the Ikire campus of UNIOSUN, the Head of Department of Philosophy and former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Prof. Ebunoluwa Oduwole expressed gratitude to the erudite scholar for donating books and other incentives for the use of UNIOSUN students and staff.
Prof. Oduwole said: “He is one of the few trained Philosophy scholars in Nigeria. He has been in Jamaica for over three decades. I know his worth and what he is able to do. While we were trying to get books for the Department’s library, I thought of him and what he could do for us. He gave us equipment for our e-library. He gave us some books. He promised to send a catalogue of 200 e-books, a software with which we can access books, he also proposed an interaction between the College and Institute of Diaspora in the University of West Indies, Jamaica and the University of Lagos.
“The students have the books, equipments and also have access to him to discuss with him Epistemology, one of the core areas of Philosophy. We have a lot to gain from him”, she added.
The Provost, College of Humanities and Culture, Osun State University, Professor Temitope Balogun who spoke through Professor Olukoya Ogen of the Department of History and International Studies, explained that the immeasurable contributions of the scholar to knowledge through the donations is what the new Department needs to fully fulfill its mandate.
Responding, the Professor of Philosophy, Professor John Bewaji said that he is pleased to identify with UNIOSUN and ready to advance the course of knowledge in the Ivory Tower.
According to him, academics, asides being repository of knowledge who link the past with the present and the future, must ensure that they provide students with the necessary tools to change the world and compete favourably with global standards.
Speaking on his donations to the Department’s library, he added, “Knowledge at large is advancing everyday. We cannot compare what obtained in the past with what is happening now. We cannot continue to teach these young ones with the books of yesteryears. We have to be able to relate what we teach to the current trends so as to help them innovate ideas that will further change the world.
“Overtime, the kind of books that we have are deeply rooted in the events of the past. Yes, they are vital to us and very important but we cannot dwell on it for long. What we need to do as researchers is to come out of our shell and advance knowledge by linking what has been done with what we have now.
“The younger generation deserves to be trained better than before. They have a new world that is advancing and growing daily. That is why we have to use the knowledge of the past to help solve today’s problems and bequeath unto our students, the legacy of being able to solve the problems of their generation and the ones to come.”