The College of Dentistry was established, including its four departments, at King Abdulaziz University by a Royal Decree in 1985 (1405 AH). The first cohort of students consisted of 9 males and 8 females and graduated in 1992-1993. The philosophy of the faculty is to establish a distinctive scientific and academic institution capable of providing students with the highest international quality standards for teaching, training and scientific research, which positively reflects on addressing the needs of the community through high quality treatment and prevention services. The faculty principles are based on using the latest scientific methods in teaching, using advanced scientific curricula and conducting rigorous scientific research in order to graduate world-class dentists. In order to achieve these principles, the faculty pays special attention to its students, from enrollment, under the supervision of faculty members whose principles are derived from the teachings and practices of the Islamic religion. The faculty, through its 10 scientific departments and the University Dental Hospital, seeks to utilize all the necessary facilities to provide the appropriate environment for the provision of effective and high standard clinical and teaching services. The faculty also has postgraduate programs in various disciplines offering both masters and doctorate degrees. In addition, the faculty offers bachelor and bridging programs in supporting dentistry specialties. The faculty is currently working on achieving accreditation from the National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) and the Commission on Dental Accreditation Standards (CODA), after receiving the academic accreditation from the Association for Dental Education in Europe (DentEd). The faculty also offers many outreach programs and services to the community. Believing in the importance of these programs, it has adopted a mobile clinic to reach remote locations and nearby villages to deliver educational, preventive and treatment services in order to promote and improve oral health in the community. The faculty administration is making great efforts through periodic performance evaluation to raise the level of education and treatment services in order to keep up with the rapid global changes and developments so that the Faculty of Dentistry at King Abdul Aziz University will always be in the lead.
Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry
Prof. Abdulghani Ibrahem Mira
Dr. Abdulghani Mira was born in Jeddah in 1971 in Saudi Arabia. He earned a bachelor's degree in Oral and Dental Surgery from King Abdulaziz University Faculty of Dentistry (KAUFD) in 1995. He earned a master's degree in Fixed Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry from the University College of London Eastman Dental Institute in 1997. He received a clinical specialty degree in Restorative and Esthetic dentistry in 2000 and a doctorate in Dental Public Health in 2001 from Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University.
He was appointed as an Assistant Professor in 2002, then an associate professor in 2007 and currently as a full professor in Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry and Fixed Prosthodontics at KAUFD and since 2012.
He was appointed as Head of the Department of Conservative Dental Sciences at KAUFD in 2003 and then as Dean of Academic Affairs in 2004. He held many administrative positions and was a member of several scientific committees locally and globally. Due to his proficiency in the field of dentistry, he was appointed as a member of the Saudi Dental Society’s Western Region Committee in 2004, was appointed Vice President of the Saudi Dental Society from 2007 to 2010 and then vice president of the committee for Saudi Deans of Faculties of Dentistry from 2012 to 2015.
Dr. Mira has several memberships inside and outside the Kingdom including the Saudi Dental Society, the American Dental Association and the American Academy for Esthetic Dentistry). He has also conducted many scientific research projects. In addition, he delivered several scientific lectures and training courses in the field of Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry and Fixed Prosthodontics, both locally and globally. He attended and participated in many local and scientific conferences.
Dr. Mira received many distinguished awards. He received an academic distinction in the field of work, education and teaching which was awarded by King Abdulaziz University. He also received an award for being registered in the world book (Who's Who). He received an Honorary Fellowship in the International College of Dental Education at the Asia-Pacific Dental Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2007. He also received an honorary fellowship at the International College of Dental Education in Washington University, USA in 2009.
Dr. Mira is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry (since 2010) and has been elected in 2015 as president of the committee for Saudi Deans of Faculties of Dentistry.
Director of the Dean's Office
Phone 6402000 ext 20031
Phone 6402000 ext 20022 - 22034
Email den.dean @ kau.edu.sa
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