Ten dentistry license requests by public, private universities

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AMMAN — More than 10 applications requesting licenses for introducing dentistry specialization at public and private universities have been presented to the Higher Education Board for consideration pending review, after two private universities had received preliminary approval to proceed with the final licensing procedures, according to Ad-Dustour.اضافة اعلان

Professional associations are voicing reservations about the establishment of dental colleges, saying the move would create a surplus of dentists, as there exists no need for more graduates.  International ratios put one dentist for every 7,000 citizens, while Jordan has a dentist for every 700 citizens, which doubles unemployment rates among dentists.

The Ministry of Higher Education believes that national, social, and economic factors require the adoption of a scientific approach for opening new dentistry colleges, noting, however that there are 4500 Jordanian students enrolled at universities in Egypt at the cost of JD600 million.  Lack of enough medical schools in Jordan would not alter mindsets or culture in relation to medical specializations.  

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