February 03, 2009
In an effort to expand the global network of dental education, University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has entered into a collaborative agreement with the Faculty of Dentistry, Pharos University, located in Alexandria, Egypt. Dental educators from Pharos University, Drs. Enaya Shararah, Maha Mounir, Sahar el Kholy and Amany Nour El-Din, as well as the Consul of Egypt, Mr. Yasser Abed, and Samantha Stephen, dental director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, attended the agreement-signing ceremony between Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., Pacific's dean, and Dr. Tarek Mahmoud Aly, dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, on Feb. 3 at the dental school in San Francisco.
"It appears that a wide consensus exists [among the Pacific community] to value and contribute to global health," said Dr. Eugene LaBarre, chair of the department of removable prosthodontics and Pacific's coordinator for the Pharos faculty visit. "I feel we are extraordinarily fortunate to begin sharing the Dugoni School of Dentistry's unique assets with our Egyptian partners."
With this collaboration, the schools hope to foster academic and professional exchange and help Pharos achieve an international standard of excellence in undergraduate dental education. The goal of the agreement is to create opportunities to share knowledge and resources, and ultimately to raise standards in dental education globally.
"This is a giant step forward working with our colleagues throughout the world to improve global dental education," said Ferrillo. "I look forward to continue working together to help both our schools reach their potential, as well as set an example for all other global dental schools. As dean and president of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations, I am proud of this agreement as it is consistent with the dental school's strategic plan as well as the mission of IFDEA."
The first private university in Alexandria, Pharos University was established in response to strong demand in Egypt and throughout the Middle East for better-quality higher education. The administrators of the university aim to provide professional education at a high level, equivalent to first-world institutions, so that Pharos may become a model of excellence for the region and eventually permit its graduates to enjoy international recognition and portability of their professional credentials.
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