The Examining Committee of EAU was comprised of Prof Datuk Dr Md Nizam (Chairman), Prof Dr Kamal Khir, and Prof Dr John Chan, who assessed this Doctor of Business Administration thesis presentation for a candidate via the OXCEL pathway. The Committee also had as observers Dr Hussaini, Dr Shaliza, and Dr Maria. The University thanks all participants for their valuable inputs during this session. The candidate was adjudged to have met the standard for the degree and will now proceed to graduation.
The University has been informed of the death of Dr Stephen Gill, who had served initially as an Adjunct Professor and subsequently as Honorary Fellow and Reader in English Literature and Peace Studies of the University. He was eighty-nine years of age.
Dr Gill was an Indo-Canadian poet and author of fiction, with his output extending to some thirty books and many more essays, articles, reviews and individual poems. The central theme of his work was his commitment to world peace and the freedom of the individual. Born in Pakistan, he taught in Ethiopia before settling first in England and then in Canada. He was married and had children and grandchildren. Most of his work is in English, but he also published poetry in Urdu, Hindi and Panjabi.
As his work achieved prominence, Dr Gill became closely involved with a number of universities, lecturing and speaking at conferences. He and the University’s Chancellor first came into contact as Cultural Doctorate members of the former World University Roundtable, located on the Desert Sanctuary Campus in Benson, Arizona, USA. Subsequently, both became part of the work of Ansted University (British Virgin Islands), and then met in person when both received honorary doctorates from Ansted in convocation at London Metropolitan University in September 2003.
Dr Gill served as Dean of Peace Studies at St Simon’s College, a predecessor institution of European-American University, and when the University was established and then launched in 2007 became its strong supporter, serving as a mentor and examiner, and donated a collection of his published works to the University.
Dr Gill received many national and academic honours. He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2012, Indira Kala Sangit University in India officially established the Centre for Stephen Gill Studies. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr. Mandvi Singh called this a historical move of the university to establish this centre for scholars to pursue their higher studies on Stephen Gill. In 2011, Dr Gill was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature with the support of European-American University.
European-American University wishes it to be publicly known that it has no relationship whatsoever with an online institution called “Yahweh Hills University”. This entity claims to be incorporated in South Africa but according to our investigation is not authorized as a university by the South African government and appears to be operating in violation of the Higher Education Act 1997.
This entity has stated that it is recognized by several of European-American University’s centres. This is not true. Degrees from this entity will not be accepted by European-American University because there is no evidence available to us that this entity has the necessary legal powers to confer any academic award.
The University has been informed of the recent death of Professor Badejo. Our condolences go to his family and friends. The burial ceremony will take place on the 30th of October, 2021 in Ibadan, Oyo state when Professor Luke Okojie will represent the University.
Professor Solomon Olufunmilayo Badejo (1948-2021) was a Professorial Fellow and Professor of Forestry and Environmental Science of European-American University for more than a decade, and was the Executive Director of the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He was educated at the University of Ibadan (BSc Forestry) and then proceeded to the University of British Columbia, Canada, where he earned his Masters Degree specializing in Wood Science and Technology in 1977. He returned to Nigeria and obtained his PhD in Forestry and Wood Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure. Having served in the Federal Department of Forestry from 1974, he joined the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria as a Senior Research Officer in 1978 and was promoted successively to Principal Research Officer (1981), Assistant Chief Research Officer (1988), Chief Research Officer (1996), Assistant Director (2002), Director (2005), Acting Executive Director (2006) and finally substantive Executive Director (2007).
He was a member of various Local, National and International Committees on Forestry and Environmental Protection, Conservation and Management as well as Manpower Training and Development in Forestry. He had served as the Head of several Research Units, Departments and Outstations such as Forest Products Research and Utilization Department at the headquarters in Ibadan. As the Head of the Swamp Forest Research Outstation, Onne in Port-Harcourt, Professor Badejo distinguished himself in his research into the Development and Utilization of the Mangrove Tree Species. At the Research Outstation in Kano, Professor Badejo demonstrated his passion and commitment towards addressing problem of the deteriorating environment and particularly desertification. He led the research work into identifying suitable tree species for combating desertification and stabilization of sand dunes in the Arid and Semi-Arid Zones of Nigeria.
Based on this background, he championed the course of establishment of Small-Size Industrial Timber Plantations along the Semi-Arid Eastern belt states of the country. He held professional certificates in Wood Science and Wood Technology from Hamburg, Tsukuba, Japan and Germany. His experiences and flair for Research and Teaching accounted for his engagement to teach Wood Science and Forest Products courses on a part-time basis at some institutes and Universities in Nigeria. He served as a major supervisor to several Diploma and Higher Degree programmes at HND, MSc and PhD levels from the various tertiary institutions of learning. He was widely recognized and has received no less than 58 National and International awards and recognitions. He received the National Productivity Order of Merit of Nigeria in 2010, and in 2009 was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from European-American University. He was happily married with children.