NGU’s School of Dentistry is a beacon of excellence in dental health education in Egypt maintaining a distinctive reputation. Its undergraduate dental program offers an experience that delivers dentally qualified clinicians able to provide safe and high-quality oral health care to local, national and international communities. Furthermore, the academic collaboration between NGU and University College London (UCL) works on the development of delivering a high-quality and contemporary undergraduate dental program, making the NGU dental school a unique experience of learning.
To promote innovative dental education through enhancing the students’ leadership and practical skills necessary to deliver a patient-centered and practice-focused model of oral health care providers. Also, to engage in research development and enhance community service, as well as providing the highest-quality care for the global population.
Modernizing and reshaping dental education in Egypt, so as to prepare distinctive NGU Dentists with the foundation skills to become excellent clinicians, clinical researchers and dental leaders of the future. In addition, producing graduates who understand the health needs and services of the nation, with a real commitment to serving the citizens of Egypt. Moreover, NGU dental school sets the foundations enabling students to grow as scientists, practitioners, and professionals, so as to develop a wide range of clinical, professional and generic skills along with the orientations to enable them to thrive in an ever-changing healthcare environment.
A message from one of our Dentistry students describing his own experience at NGU
Accreditation & academic collaboration
Endorsed by Presidential Decree in April 2010, NGU initially focused on the launching of three main schools: Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry.
The university first opened its doors in 2016, and since then, its schools have been witnessing a continual growth including fields other than healthcare, until it became a truly multidisciplinary university. NGU’s ongoing collaborations with globally-ranked academic institutions further cemented its growing reputation as a professional institute of higher education.
University College London (UCL:
The academic collaboration between UCL and NGU was centered on NGU’s School of Health Sciences, enhancing NGU’s academic capabilities, as well as offering world-renowned undergraduate programs, providing both school and students with ample opportunities for development on an academic and personal levels.
This collaboration ensured that the highest international standards in teaching and research are met at NGU, with highly qualified faculty members providing instruction and supervision, starting at first with three schools: School of Medicine in collaboration with UCL Medical School, School of Pharmacy in collaboration with UCL School of Pharmacy, and School of Dentistry in collaboration with UCL Eastman Dental Clinic.
Being London’s ‘global university’, University College London (UCL) has a distinguished presence in Australia and Qatar, as well as partnerships around the world with a host of leading educational bodies, from Berkeley to Yale, and Peking University to the University of Sydney, UCL’s influence spans the globe, with such accreditations, it brought its worldwide expertise to NGU.
Having Currently ranked 7th on the QS World University Rankings, and consistently placing in the Top 20 of various global university rankings, UCL is widely recognized for its research capabilities and contributions to scholarships and innovations. The university boasts 29 Nobel Prize winners and is the 2nd most cited university in Europe, as of 2016.
Right at the heart of the Giza Plateau and within touching distance of the Great Pyramids, UCL’s professors, lecturers, and staff lead the brightest young minds forward towards successful careers in their chosen field. UCL focuses on personal development and intellectual growth through typically small class sizes maintaining a low staff to student ratio, in line with the tutorial-based teaching methods employed by UCL globally. Constant student engagement on both a scholarly and extra-curricular level ensured a heightened learning experience, spurring every student towards discovering their true potential and realizing NGU’s goal of achieving truly unbounded thinking.
Prof. Dr. Scott Rice, Prof. of Dentistry & EDI Consultant Radiologist (UCL), talking about NGU collaboration with UCL
The BDS at NGU is a five-year-integrated-program of study consisting of 3 modules spread across each academic year, each semester is 18 weeks. Despite adopting an integrated approach, the modules in the first and second years contain the majority of basic medical and clinical sciences with early clinical exposure. Modules in the third, fourth, and fifth years are more predominantly focused on dental practice, yet, professional, general, and clinical skills are delivered in all years. The teaching of clinical care on patients takes place in modern dental clinics on campus, to be replaced in the Central Dental Hospital in 2019-2020, with the opportunity for community-based placements. Thus, the components of the program cover the various essential and rather updated Basic, Medical, Dental, and Behavioral Sciences.
Overarching principles of BDS:
- Integration: supports the understanding and application of learning.
- Competency focused: ensures graduates are able to practice safety and learn during the PRHO year.
- Research informed and research focused: ensures graduates have the skills and orientation to be evidence-based practitioners.
- Authentic assessment that promotes learning: uses assessment in a way that promotes learning, encourages self-assessment and life-long learning, and utilizes authentic and reliable assessment tools.
- Patient-centered: aims at understanding the patient as central to all clinical practices, while focusing on applying what is learned on those practices.
- Developing the professional: learning how to be safe, efficient, reflective and compassionate dentists.
- Focused on Egypt: encourages students to understand the past, present, and future of the nation as it applies to its citizens and their health and wellbeing.
- Maximizing the benefits of learning dentistry at NGU: making use of contemporary learning resources, the multi-professional context of the health professions campus, and the institutional vision of challenging the ordinary.
The BDS’s duration is five academic years, 10 semesters, including an Introductory Module, shared with other health education programs at NGU (Medicine and Pharmacy).
The program contains at-school 180 credit units over 10 semesters, which do not only represent contact hours, but also the total learning effort required to achieve the learning outcomes, including direct contact hours in classrooms, small groups and practical classes, workplace-based learning in clinical placements, project work, self-paced learning delivered via any Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and self-directed learning. A credit unit is estimated to represent approximately 25-30 hours of study.
The program is modular rather than discipline-based. However, the contents are consistent with the NARS recommendations concerning the weighting of various aspects of the curriculum, as follows:
- Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Bioscience, Human Anatomy, Growth and Genetics, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, General Histology, Pharmacology, General Pathology, Oral Biology, Dental Anatomy and Oral Physiology, Dental Biomaterials and Oral Pathology).
- Medical and Dental Sciences (Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Restorative Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and General Anesthesia, Diagnostic Sciences, Oral Medicine, Oral Maxillofacial Radiology, Periodontics, Endodontic, Orthodontics and Dentofacial, Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Public Health, and Community Dentistry).
- Behavioral Sciences (Law, Ethics and Professionalism, Information Technology).
Successful completion of the undergraduate program results in the award of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). This university program is followed by a one-year, pre-registration Internship delivered and supervised in an approved setting. Successful completion of the university program and the internship year results in the award of a license to practice dentistry.
You will be taught through lectures, tutorials and small-group work, and laboratory classes. Later years will include workplace-based learning in clinical placements.
You will be assessed by methods including single best answer questions, data interpretation, and objective structured practical examinations supplemented with portfolios.
The following table summarizes the overall structure of the program, the duration, credit value and modes of the study of the component modules:
NGU BDS Program Model Year Semester Module code H or V Module Title Credit units Credit hours 1 1 1.1 H The Introductory module 13 390 1 1:2 1.2 H Oral Biology 19 570 1 2 1.3 V Applied Dental Sciences 1 4 120 Sub-‐total 36 1080 2 1:2 2.4 H Human diseases and Impact upon Oral Health Care 16 480 2 1:2 2.5 H Principles of Restorative and Operative Dentistry 16 480 2 1:2 2.6 V Applied Dental Science 2 4 120 Sub-‐total 36 1080 3 1:2 3.7 H Pediatric Oral Health and Oral Surgery 16 480 3 1:2 3.8 H Clinical Practice of Restorative Dentistry 16 480 3 1:2 3.9 V Applied Dental Science 3 4 120 Sub-‐total 36 1080 4 1:2 4.10 H Principles of Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine, Pathology and Surgery 16 480 4 1:2 4.11 H Comprehensive Adult and Paediatric dental care 16 480 4 1:2 4.12 V Applied Dental Science 4 4 120 Sub-‐total 36 1080 5 1:2 5.13 H Special Care Dentistry 16 480 5 1:2 5.14 H The Practice of Paediatric and Adult Oral Health Care 16 480 5 1:2 5.15 V Applied Dental Science 5 4 120 Sub-‐total 36 1080 Total 180
* The program contains at-school 180 credit units over 10 semesters. These credit units do not only represent contact hours, but also the total learning effort required to achieve the learning outcomes including direct contact hours in classrooms, small groups and practical classes, workplace-based learning in clinical placements, project work, self-paced learning delivered via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and self-directed learning. One credit unit is considered to be equivalent to 25-30 hours of study time.
Dental students may be invited to participate in research projects as volunteers, as an encouragement of the school to engage its students in research projects, which is inherent in the pastoral responsibilities NGU has toward its students. There might be a small financial token on offer to compensate students for their time and travel costs. Researches are presented by the contributing students as posters displayed around the campus and in other schools that hold national and international scientific meetings.
Community Services and Work Placements
Cooperation and arrangements are carried out to arrange visits to the community health facilities, orphanages, and local schools during the course of the program. The number of visits increases when the need arises.
Portfolio and Coursework
Each student’s portfolio is an integral part of the BDS program designed for NGU School of Dentistry. It represents a documentary engagement monitoring record including all the academic, practical, clinical and personal activities at school. It is a yearly requirement to ensure that students are engaging with their studies, having their course work, logbooks and continuous assessment rubrics in all domains. The portfolio also includes research projects, assignments, and extracurricular activities, and each year of the program has four defined points to evaluate the portfolio. A satisfactory submitted portfolio is a regulatory requirement to enter qualifying summative examinations to progress to the next year of the BDS program.
Student Support system
Provides continuity based on lengthy experience with students, allowing maximum support and advice to each student throughout his/her academic study. Based on dual cooperation between an academic advisor and a personal tutor for each group of students (from 10-15), this system facilitates students’ support backed up by the module coordinators and year and program leads. Thus, a continuous follow-up for each student is achieved by offering academic advice, pastoral care, and career/course consults.
Quality assurance and monitoring of teaching
Teaching and learning standards are monitored through the School Of Dentistry quality assurance unit which administers student feedback questionnaires and co-ordinates responses to issues raised.
School of Dentistry tuition fees for the academic year 2018- 2019: EGP 118,000 for Egyptian students.
Faculty Members' Profiles
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