UQ Dental School welcomes new head of dentistry
The University of Queensland has appointed an internationally recognized academic as the new head of the UQ Dental School.
Professor Lakshman Samaranayake has joined UQ following a long and distinguished tenure as Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong and Director of the Prince Phillip Dental Hospital in Hong Kong.
UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy said Professor Samaranayake brought valuable global leadership and academic experience to the School of Dentistry.
“Professor Samaranayake is internationally renowned as an outstanding leader and researcher,” Professor Abernethy said. “We have been fortunate to have secured someone of Professor Samaranayake’s calibre at a pivotal stage as the school prepares to move from the existing site at Turbot Street to the new $114-million UQ Oral Health Centre at Herston.”
Professor Samaranayake’s research interests focus on infections in medically compromised people, mainly oral candidiasis and clinical oral microbiology.
He has published more than 400 articles on these subjects and has received international accolades for his work, including the King James IV professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
The UQ Oral Health Centre will be Australia’s largest and most advanced tertiary oral health centre, bringing together dental experts including academics, researchers and practitioners, as well as top-tier students.
Professor Samaranayake said he was thrilled to have been selected as the new head of Dentistry.
“To join UQ’s School of Dentistry at this significant time as we transition to the new Oral Health Centre provides an exciting opportunity to strengthen the school’s position in dental care and education,” he said, adding that the integration of clinical services in a tertiary referral centre with the school’s expanding dental research groups will accelerate the development of new methods for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental diseases.
The new UQ Oral Health Centre is set to open in June this year.
Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) at the University of Queensland
Entry Requirements for the UQ Dentistry Program
- completed a high school diploma;
- completed prerequisite subjects Grade 12 English and Chemistry;
- attained an average of 98% or higher in their top six Grade 12 classes; and
- not have completed any post-secondary studies
To be eligible to apply, you must have
- partially or fully completed an undergraduate degree;
- completed prerequisite subjects including Grade 12 English and Chemistry as a minimum or equivalent subjects at university level; and
- have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 6.5 on a 7-point scale in university studies.
Additionally, all international applicants (those who have completed high school and/or university studies) will be required to sit the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT). For more information about the ISAT test, please visit the ACER ISAT website. There is no minimum ISAT score indicated by UQ Dentistry. Applicants should strive to achieve the highest score possible.