April 19, 2012
The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has announced a new student exchange pilot program designed to give Dugoni School students and their counterparts in China an opportunity to learn about dental education abroad. The school is partnering with the Peking University School of Stomatology and the Wenzhou Medical College School of Stomatology for the program.
The inaugural exchange will take place over two weeks during the 2012 summer break. Five Dugoni School of Dentistry students will spend approximately one week at each Chinese university interacting with dental students, learning about Chinese dental education and enjoying social and sightseeing activities.
Later in the year, a group of Chinese dental students will visit the Dugoni School of Dentistry and participate in similar activities at the school and within the San Francisco Bay Area. After the pilot exchange, the program will be reevaluated and modified to further improve the experience for dental students from both countries.
"Growing and strengthening international relationships has been a priority for the Dugoni School of Dentistry in recent years and I'm confident that the exchange program with Wenzhou Medical College and Peking University will be a positive learning opportunity for all three schools," said Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., who also serves as president of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations. "I am excited to give our students opportunities to learn about dental education in other countries and to expand their understanding of other cultures through these types of exchanges."
Dean Ferrillo recently traveled to China with Dr. Colin Wong '65, a board member of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation and a school liaison to the Chinese dental education community, to formalize the exchange programs with the two schools.
In addition to its ties to Chinese dental schools including Wenzhou Medical College and Peking University, the Dugoni School of Dentistry maintains relationships with dental schools in Kuwait, Egypt, India and South America, among other locations. The school also officially recognizes two international dental mission trips — to Fiji and Jamaica — and is evaluating the possibility of additional trips abroad for students and faculty.
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