03.01.2013 [News]

German Academic Exchange Service supports dental medicine cooperation with Tajikistan

The German Academic Exchange Service has decided to support the collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and the State Avicenna University in Dushanbe in the next four years with an amount of  EUR 185,000. The funding comes as part of the PAGEL programme (Partnership for the Health Sector in Developing Countries).

Over the next four years dental teaching in Tajikistan will become more closely linked with human medicine, a development which has already taken place in Germany. In addition, an intensified cooperation in dentistry is foreseen. First joint research projects in the field of dental biomaterials and plastic reconstructive facial surgery have already been started. "We are aiming to convince politicians and teachers in Tajikistan of our concept of research-based teaching according to Humboldt's model," says Prof. Robert Sader, head of the co-operation program and director of the Department of Oral, Maxillofacial and Plastic Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital in Frankfurt.

Since 2008, there has been a close cooperation in dental teaching between the two universities. Jointly led by Prof. Robert Sader and Professor Hans-Christoph Lauer, Head of Department of Prosthodontics at the Dental Carolinum University Institute, a thriving university partnership emerged over the last five years with the support of DAAD. Nine visits and training trips have already been sponsord by DAAD. In Dushanbe, the capital of the Central Asian country,  a Tajik-German Symposium on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has already taken place four times under the aegis of the German Embassy and the Tajik Ministry of Health. The exchange of students and faculty also offers an appropriate setting to make new research contacts.

Source and further information:  Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University