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Students from Pharos University in Egypt Visit Dugoni School

September  16, 2013

A group of ten dental students from Pharos University in Alexandria, Egypt, recently finished up a two-week visit to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry as part of a cross-cultural, dental education exchange.

During their visit over the first two weeks of September, the guests participated in classes with Pacific students and faculty, reviewed procedures and practices used in the school's clinics, and were involved in seminars with several department leaders. While in California, the students also had an opportunity to explore some of the many sights in the city of San Francisco and around the Bay Area.

As their visit came to a close on Sept. 13, the Egyptian students gave a lunchtime presentation about the culture and education system in Egypt. They discussed some differences between U.S. and Egyptian dental schools, and gave an informative overview about Pharos University, the city of Alexandria, and the culture of their country. They also answered questions from students, faculty and staff in attendance.

The Egyptian students"The students from Pharos University were wonderful guests and were resilient, fun-loving and curious about American culture and professional education," said Dr. Gene LaBarre, coordinator of the visit. "As their host, the Pacific Dugoni family enjoyed the opportunity to have contact with the group and learn from them."

In 2009, the Dugoni School signed a collaborative agreement with the Faculty of Dentistry at Pharos University. The goal is to help Pharos achieve an international standard of excellence in undergraduate dental education, and to share knowledge and resources to raise standards in dental education globally. Pharos University was the first private university established in Alexandria — the second largest city in Egypt. The Dugoni School also recently hosted visitors from other dental schools, including guests from schools in Turkey and China. More information about the school's international partnerships and exchange activities is on the school's Global Initiative in Dental Education (GIDE) web page.

Category Type: Special Events, University

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu