August 21, 2013
Six exchange students from the Peking University School of Stomatology in Beijing, China recently visited the Dugoni School of Dentistry for two weeks in August to build their understanding of U.S. dental programs and American culture. The students were part of an exchange program that was established by the Dugoni School, Peking University School of Stomatology and Wenzhou Medical College School of Stomatology in 2012.
The exchange program was designed to give Dugoni School students and their counterparts in China an opportunity to learn about dental education abroad. The program aims to expand students’ knowledge of the dental profession and oral health through interaction with and observation of dental students and faculty in other countries.
During their visit, the students interacted with students and faculty, attended lectures and observed a variety of dental procedures in our clinics. They also had the opportunity to examine the skulls in the school’s Spencer R. Atkinson Library of Applied Anatomy Collection. In addition to learning about dental education, the students participated in various activities, including exploring San Francisco and attending an alumni reception during the California Dental Association Fall Scientific Session in the city.
“It’s been a wonderful experience for all of us who have had the pleasure of interacting with the visiting students. Their excitement to learn about U.S. dental education and the American culture was evident every day,” said Eve Cuny, director of Environmental Health and Safety. “Students, alumni and faculty have given the Peking University students an insider’s view of the Bay Area by hosting them for dinners, taking them sightseeing and spending time talking with them about life in Beijing compared to life in San Francisco.”
In addition to its ties to Chinese dental schools, the Dugoni School of Dentistry maintains relationships with dental schools in Kuwait, Egypt, India and South America, among other locations. The school also officially supports two international dental mission trips — to Fiji and Jamaica — and is evaluating the possibility of supporting additional trips abroad for students and faculty.
Category Type: Special Events, University
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