The Australian Dental Council recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), the National Accreditation Agency affiliated with the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education.
Under the MoU, the CAA has awarded the ADC international accreditation authority status in registered higher education institutions in the UAE. As part of this agreement, dental practitioner programs based in the UAE can apply to be accredited by the ADC and the CAA simultaneously.
The MoU also allows for greater information sharing and collaboration between the two organisations on projects and activities regarding international program accreditation, including accreditation teams and processes.
“The ADC is excited to be working collaboratively with the CAA on dental accreditation in the United Arab Emirates,” ADC chief executive officer Narelle Mills said.
“The signing of the MoU demonstrates the high regard in which Australian accreditation standards and processes are held within the United Arab Emirates and around the world.
“Public safety sits at the centre of the work we do in program accreditation. The CAA and the ADC have a mutual interest in ensuring the dental practitioners of tomorrow have the necessary skills and knowledge needed to practise safely to the highest international standards,” Mills added.
“We look forward to learning from and collaborating with the CAA on projects and activities which benefit the sector now and into the future.”
For students of dental practitioner programs in the UAE accredited by the ADC, the MoU opens up opportunities to potentially pursue postgraduate studies in Australia. Graduates of an ADC accredited program from the UAE will still be required to complete the dental practitioner assessment process before they are eligible to register to practise with the Dental Board of Australia.