Students and teachers from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Health Sciences recently participated in a training seminar on dentistry aimed at improving and developing dental treatment in Laos, run by a representative of Seoul National University, Dr Lee Jong-Wook.
The seminar was supported by the SNU-Lao Foundation of the Republic of Korea. The seminar provided training to the dental students on various topics such as endodontics, teeth restoration, treatment of jawbone infection, radiographic interpretation and radiation protection.
Dean Deputy of the Faculty of Dentistry, Dr Boungnong Sidaphone, told Vientiane Times yesterday at the 2nd Lao-Korean Dental Workshop on the Importance of Improving Dental Treatment that the seminar’s aim is to build the capacity and knowledge of students in the faculty.
For several years, the faculty has cooperated with their Korean counterparts focusing on the dental radiology as a core aspect of the faculty’s development.
Dr Boungnong said that the foundation played an important role in contributing to the country’s social and economic development, especially in the health sector, by supporting outstanding students’ development in key areas where the Faculty of Dentistry does not have the resources to train their students. The students will provide dental and oral health services in Laos after finishing their training.
The foundation also supports the University of Health Sciences by providing scholarships to outstanding dental students to pursue a Master’s degree in dentistry at the Seoul National Medicine University and has also awarded bonuses to teachers visiting Seoul over the past year, he said.
According to the SNU-Lao Foundation, their objectives in this area are to develop and promote learning and teaching to foster research and knowledge development in the field of dentistry.
The SNU-Lao Foundation was set up in 2010 to centralise the management of scholarships to ensure they are allocated in line with the faculty’s human resource development needs to the Faculty of Dentistry.
Source: Vientiane Times