Strategic plan for the Faculty of Dentistry 2010-2020
Vision The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Oslo shall train candidates for independent clinical practice to ensure that dental health services of good quality are available to the population of Norway. The Faculty shall guide the development of the discipline and emphasise quality in education, research and dissemination.
Evaluations and official reports and studies
Over the past 10 years, the Faculty has been evaluated by the EU-funded DentEd Thematic Network Project, NFR (Research Council of Norway) and NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education). The specialist programme has a new structure with seven specialties and new regulations from the Ministry of Health and Care Services. New rules for specialist training of dentists lay down further rules for this implementation. The EU (European Union) has made a recommendation for future European dentists (The Profile and Competences for the European Dentist). There is a new Report to the Storting No. 35 (2006-2007) for the dental health field. Academic priorities Academic priorities
Academic priorities and the process surrounding this have yielded priority areas in research and led to new thinking about the teaching plans for the master’s, bachelor’s and specialist programs.
The public dental service
The Faculty shall strengthen cooperation with the public dental service. This can be achieved by cooperating with the authorities on capacity building and establishment of regional dentistry centres. The Faculty’s social task of training qualified candidates for both the public and private sectors should be the main focus of activities so that the population’s need for prevention and treatment of diseases and disorders of the mouth and jaw can be safeguarded.
New dentistry buildings
In consultation with the Ministry of Education and Research renovation of the current clinical building has not been found appropriate. On behalf of the Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Health and Care Services a new clinical dentistry building is therefore being planned. In planning a new clinical building there will be a focus on factors that will maintain educational quality, protect patients’ integrity and provide proper patient care, as well as the design of the clinics for a required number of candidates. Proximity to the University of Oslo campus, collaborating research institutes and patient access are important criteria when selecting a location.
A skills centre for specialist, master’s and bachelor’s degree programmes will be established in a new annex to Domus Medica where, among other things, the funding of new teaching and research equipment must be ensured.