The UBC Faculty of Dentistry is approaching some very important milestones in its history:
- 40th anniversary of the graduation of the first dental class
- 50th anniversary of the opening of the school
- 100th anniversary of the University of British Columbia
- It is my honor to serve as the sixth dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at this exciting time.
There have been remarkable changes in dentistry in the 40 years since our first class graduated and the UBC Faculty of Dentistry has been instrumental in these advances in the oral health sciences. We are particularly well prepared to continue to make significant contributions to our profession’s body of knowledge through our active faculty research, outstanding curriculum and the most technologically advanced dental clinic in the world, the Nobel BioCare Oral Health Centre.
The Guiding Principles
The concerted effort of the faculty, students and staff have helped to define our goals and objectives and the important stakeholders, which are all essential for our continued success.
THREE Strategic Priorities
The three strategic priorities to be highlighted in the next five years are based on these guiding principles. The priorities are:
- Enhancing the student experience
- Amplifying the research productivity
- Increasing the community Involvement.
We will be completing a detailed five-year projection that operationalizes these priorities. This projection will define the benchmarks, establish the assessment metrics, project interim achievements and allocate resources in the manners necessary to achieve the long term strategic goals.
We welcome the input of all our stakeholders in reviewing these plans to assist us with the success of the UBC Faculty of Dentistry.
The overall outcome of the three strategic priorities will be to further establish the role of the Faculty of Dentistry in improving the oral health of the people of British Columbia. As the only dental school in the province, the expertise of our faculty represents a resource for all the oral health professionals in the province. We will be developing additional approaches to make this expertise more accessible to oral health professionals.
Reaching Out to All Oral Health Professionals
The advances in information technology will allow us to become much more interactive with the oral health professions and provide a resource that can be accessed at any time. Please watch for these new developments and give us feedback on their effectiveness.
I am excited about the future opportunities for the UBC Faculty of Dentistry and welcome your input to help us achieve our objectives.