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Dean’s Message

The School of Oral Health Sciences strives towards excellence in the teaching of the science and art of Dentistry, excellence in providing for the oral health needs of the community, as well as excellence in community oriented research.

We care, and because we care, we respond to the various challenges with all the vigour and expertise we can muster. We care about people. It is our task and responsibility to alleviate pain and to restore the stomatognathic system in order to improve the quality of life of all the citizens of South Africa.

The students and teaching staff should form a strong team. We should work together closely, as that will be the best way to teach dentistry. In addition, we not only want our Students to pass their examinations successfully but also to be life-long learners.
The challenges posed by the expected increase in oral health needs and demographic changes of the Southern African populations within the next decade offers many challenges for future oral health professionals.

This School therefore is pro-actively undertaking research into the broader issues at stake and the dynamics involved, searching for effective solutions to future problems within the Southern African oral health care delivery systems.

The School’s mission statement appears in this calendar. This is what we strive to attain. This is what you, the Student can expect from us. You will be at home at the Campus if this statement constantly speaks to you.

Accentuating the positive, respecting the individual, and empowering our dedicated School to provide the best possible learning environment for every dental Student are among our primary goals. This Dental School is committed to excellence in education, research, and service and to respond to Students’ needs in their pursuit of knowledge and skills.

All teaching staff chose dentistry as a career after considering alternatives. We are proud that we have done so and certainly hope you will enjoy your stay.