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UEL alumnus organises donation of 600 books to Nigerian university

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Academics lead the way in re-stocking devastated university library

British Psychological Society (BPS) prize winner and former University of East London PhD student Dr Dung Jidong recently facilitated a civic engagement project that donated over 600 books to the Department of Psychology at the University of Jos (Uni-Jos) in Nigeria following a fire outbreak that destroyed their library in 2016. Generous members of staff from the School of Psychology at the University of East London donated psychology textbooks, journals and articles.

Dung’s thesis, which he completed at the University of East London in 2018, examined the impact of mental health and cultural beliefs in Nigeria. On completion, he obtained a post as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Dr Jidong’s research and teaching specifically focus on Black and Cultural Psychology; African perspectives of mental health issues; and mental health issues among the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people in the UK.

Speaking on the importance of reading materials for students Dr Jidong said, “I’m a great beneficiary of the psychology discipline as a student both at the University of Jos and at the University of East London and I believe that every student should have unlimited access to study materials regardless of their geographical location.”

Gloria Karuri, associate professor in the psychology department at Uni-Jos, said, “On behalf of the psychology department I thank you very much for this wonderful donation which we will use to enrich our learning in this part of the world.”

Professor Aneta Tunariu, who is head of the School of Psychology at the University of East London, said, “I’d like to thank Dr Jidong and all the colleagues who participated. This is yet another demonstration of our School’s culture of goodwill.

"Civil engagement is at the heart of our University and we encourage students and alumni to engage with communities around the world, enriching their studies and professional development, in addition to making positive contributions to those less fortunate". 

Photograph above from left to right: Mr Retji Dakas, Professor Gloria Karuri and Dr Dung Jidong, at the Uni-jos Psychology Library.