Afternoon of the 28th in room 301 of DHC’s Future Hall 3rd floor. A classroom in the ICT dental center is filled with happiness of educational sharing. Foreign students are taking notes and recording the lecture with their cell phones to grasp each and every words of their K-Dental lecturer (Professor Park, Young-dae, dental laboratory science).
10 students from Philippines are future dentists who visited Korea to learn DHC’s dental technology. DHC president Dr. Nam, Sung-hee is also the president of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) – an association with more than 220 universities from 30 countries. Dr. Nam’s active role in globalizing DHC has led the Lyceum of the Philippines University, Batangas to send their visitors to DHC since 2016.
Lyceum of the Philippines University, located in the province of Batangas – the north of Philippines – had their students complete online educational program the ‘K-Dental’ to learn model scanning, CAD/CAM, and prosthetic suitability test in Philippines. There are no dental technicians in Philippines, leaving no options but for the dentists to make the artificial tooth and prosthetics on their own. The visiting students completed the flipped learning online course in March, and finished the 1 week field study on the 29th at DHC.
Arrived on the 22nd, the visitors attended a brief orientation hosted by DHC and commenced their course. Curriculum included; making implant abutment, producing prosthetics and temporary tooth using dental CAD/CAM, lecture on making implant surgical stent and guide using digital methods, and visiting dental technology industries. The Visitors have shown great interests in DHC’s implant learning course and industry visit. Tour of the Korean traditional / cultural sites such as Dong-hwa temple, Pal-gong Mountain and Seo-moon market were provided, ending with a visit to the Daegu Citizens Safety Theme Park to introduce CPR, earthquake & fire prevention and management.
Mariel Katigbak (23 / Female), 6th year in Lyceum of the Philippines University, said “I am fortunate to be part of this visit. Korea’s dental industry is very advanced and DHC’s dental technology education provided us an opportunity to see the bigger world and develop ourselves.”
Training Director Professor Park, Young-dae (51. Male. Dental Laboratory Science) explained “dental students in Philippines look for their technology training in Korea since Philippines lack institutions specializing in dental technology. The dental technology market in Philippines is unlimited, so I think the dental technology education will be huge benefit to both Philippines and Korea.”
DHC has been producing 3 online health-related vocational training courses, the K-Dental, K-Wedding, and K-Food targeting foreign students and South East Asian market. Such effort has been part of the Ministry of Education’s World Class College (WCC) project which DHC has been designated since September 2017. DHC’s programs are spreading advanced curriculums of Korea, consistently improving the K-Wave in education and brand image of DHC in the world.