Hiroshima University and university in Cambodia ink agreement on support for Cambodian dentistry

by Junichiro Hayashi, Staff Writer

On November 7 in Hiroshima, the School of Dentistry at Hiroshima University and the Faculty of Odonto-Stomatology at the University of Health Science in Phnom Penh signed an academic exchange agreement. Hiroshima University will start to receive Cambodian students in the next academic year to help the country alleviate its serious shortage of dentists.

Dr. Takashi Takada and Dr. Soun Phany, deans of the two institutions, signed the agreement that includes five provisions, such as the intake of Cambodian students, the exchange of faculty and students, and medical assistance. Dr. Takada referred to a plan to establish the "Hiroshima University Dentistry Laboratory and Clinic" (a tentative name) at the Cambodian university to advance dental treatment and dental education there.

Due to the civil war of the 1970s and other factors, the number of dentists in Cambodia dropped sharply. "The number has risen to 400, but this is still not enough," Dr. Soun said. "We hope this agreement will spur progress in the number of dentists and in dental technology."

On November 8, the School of Dentistry at Hiroshima University is set to hold a meeting in Hiroshima City for the deans of 17 schools of dentistry from 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, including Cambodia, to discuss such issues as the exchange of credits between institutions and other measures.

(Originally published on November 8, 2009)

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