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DENTAL EDUCATION IN DAMASCUS UNIVERSITY: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND A SUGGESTED ROAD MAP FOR ACCREDITATION

M. Dashash, M. Youssef

Faculty of Dentistry (SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC)
Damascus University aspires to build key strengths in research quality, teaching quality, graduate employability and internationalization. A new policy has been adopted to improve the quality of higher education through reforming the academic, administrative and society outreach aspects of higher education. Faculty of Dentistry was a pilot institution that accepted to be part in the quality assurance process adopted by the University. A critical analysis to the current situation of dental education was performed. Several studies have been undertaken to help assessing the current curriculum delivered. The international trends in dental education was explored in order to assess the possibility of adopting the requirements of association of dental education in Europe ADEE. This paper demonstrates the need for curriculum transformation through critically analyzing the current situation. It also demonstrates the need to adopt few characters that formulate the identity of dental graduate in Damascus University and makes him/ her different from those graduated from other Syrian faculties. The paper also describes a roadmap that can facilitate correcting the points of weakness and enhance the points of strength to help the faculty in achieving accreditation.