Dr. Christoph Pimmer; A Researcher in Social Media for Medical Education and the team from College of Medicine visits OIP

Dr Christoph Pimmer of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Northwestern University, Switzerland and a Research Team from the College of Medicine consisting of Professor A.J Ajuwon; Department of Health Promotion and Education, Dr. D. T Odetola of the Department of Nursing and Mr. Sam Akande, the Project Manager visited the Office of International Programmes on 11 April, 2018. The team was received by the Director, Office of International Programmes (OIP), Professor Ekanola and Mrs. Mobolaji Bankole (OIP).

Dr. Pimmer, a co-principal investigator in a research on the use of social media to educate, empower and connect students and alumni, from the School of Nursing in Southwestern University, visited College of Medicine, UI to participate in a dissemination workshop based on the findings of the research.

Professor Ajuwon introduced the team and gave a brief explanation on the ongoing project on professional use of WhatsApp which has to do with effects of professional network, create guidelines for moderators and social media guidelines for professional. He stated that the project which is in its second year has focused on the use of mobile social media for generating knowledge, knowledge sharing and problem solving. The project has produced various level of research and research publications. Also, the project which is moving into its third year by May is now focusing on practice, recommendation and policy guidelines.

While welcoming Dr Christoph Pimmer and the team, Professor Ekanola, the director of the Office of International Programmes (OIP) projected the need to have a general Memorandum of Understanding between North Western University and The University of Ibadan. He stated that the processing should be easy since there is an existing MoU between both institutions.

In response to the suggestion of the Director of OIP, Dr Pimmer expressed his contentment in his visit to the University of Ibadan and declare his interest in formalizing the existing relationship, establishing new projects and getting successful grants. The Director in turn assured him of the full support of College of Medicine, the Office of International Programmes and the University at large.

The meeting ended with a presentation of gift to Dr Christopher Pimmer by Mrs. Bankole on behalf of the Office of International Programmes.