The Vice-Chancellor, University of Uyo, Prof. Nyaudoh Ndaeyo, has advised lecturers of the institution to avail themselves of the opportunity of digital world to become visible among their contemporaries.
Ndaeyo gave the advice at a workshop on Digital Humanities for Lecturers.
The Faculty of Arts, Digital Humanities Unit, organised the workshop on Wednesday in Uyo.
Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics, Prof. Anthony Udoh, the VC urged lecturers to collaborate with others to enhance visibility in the digital world.
“I am happy about this workshop because everything in the world today has an element of digital technology.
“This gathering will not only serve as a think-tank but will harness views that will assist the university.
“Use the knowledge gained at the workshop to establish collaborations within and outside the university.
“The world is going digital and lecturers must go digital to stay abreast.
“The world can only see you through your work, from there you sell the university to the world,” Ndaeyo said.
Earlier, the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof. Joseph Ushie, said that the aim of the workshop was to get lecturers trained on how to gather knowledge from rural areas and store them in a digital form.
Thereafter, they can disseminate such information to the rest of the world.
Ushie said when he assumed office as faculty dean, he set up a committee to collaborate with relevant bodies for training and opportunities.
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According to him, digital humanities had come to stay in the university.
“The essence of digital humanities is to gain global prominence.
“But there is a need to train people to value the digitalisation process.
“We selected participants for this workshop from all departments that make up faculty of arts,” Ushie said.
The convener of the workshop, Dr Richard Ajah, described the journey to digital humanities scholarship as tortuous and tiring.
Ajah added that digital humanity was the newest trend in humanities scholarship all over the world.
He said the vision started with his trip to Oxford University in 2013, where he made a presentation on a LitArt project called ‘pictographic criticism’.
Pictographic criticism is a combination of art and literature, where he said, he was exposed to the rudiment of digital humanities.
“It gives me joy to say that with the help of the Dean of Arts and the VC, we were able to establish the digital humanities unit of the Faculty of Arts (DHUFARTS).
“We are gathering here for the first capacity building in Digital Humanities at the University of Uyo
“We drew the resource persons from within and outside Nigeria,” Ajah said.
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