Half a million dollar donation for dental initiative

King’s College London Dental Institute’s Flexible Graduate Programme has received recognition with a 548,000 dollar donation from healthcare product provider company, Henry Schein, Inc.

The money will fund training, scholarships and awards.
King’s College London Dental Institute trains 20% of all dentists in the UK and, with its pioneering approach to online learning, also provides professional training to dentists from almost 60 countries worldwide with five flexible learning graduate programmes.
The support presents an exciting opportunity for a five-year partnership with Henry Schein, a Fortune 500 company and a member of the NASDAQ 100 Index, and the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based practitioners.
Professor Nairn Wilson, dean and head of the dental institute, says: ‘King’s College London Dental Institute is grateful to Henry Schein for its most generous support of the Institute’s innovative Flexible Graduate Programme which is anticipated to include 220 students in more than 30 countries in 2011. 
‘With the support of Henry Schein, the Dental Institute will be able to greatly strengthen its promotion of state of the art clinical practice, widening participation and excellence in its flexible Masters programmes. The worldwide impact of the Henry Schein initiative on the outcomes and benefits of King’s flexible graduate studies in dentistry will be very substantial, with students and their patients being the beneficiaries of the generosity of Henry Schein.’
Together the Dental Institute and Henry Schein will foster international dental leadership and expertise through the Flexible Graduate Programme.

Using student support, postgraduate training and professional development, the partnership will focus on the dentist as a lifelong learner and leader. It will provide innovative, integrated health care and deliver the best quality patient treatment.
‘We are very pleased to further build on our collaboration with King’s College London Dental Institute through this exciting program,’ says Stanley M. Bergman, chairman and chief executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc.

‘Through this initiative, we share the dental institute’s commitment to provide graduate students with the tools they need to succeed, and provide resources to promising students who otherwise may not have the means to achieve this level of education.   
The donation includes:
* The supply of a package of dental products and materials to each first-year graduate student commencing the Flexible Graduate Programme
* Five Henry Schein Scholarships per annum to support graduate students on one of the Flexible Graduate programmes
* A Henry Schein Events Programme to support professional networking activities
* The Henry Schein Excellence Award which will honour a Flexible Graduate Programme graduate each year for exemplary application of their new knowledge and understanding.
Professor Brian Millar, director of distance learning at King’s College London Dental Institute, adds: ‘I am delighted to see this collaboration, which will be of great benefit to our blended learning graduate students, now in place. When our dentists attend the face-to-face hands-on sessions as part of their training we teach them with top quality materials. This agreement means that when they return to their practices any where in the world they will receive, at no cost to themselves, a package of the same materials and instruments with which they trained.
‘The Scholarships and Awards offered by Henry Schein are most welcome and show their commitment to dentistry worldwide. We are delighted to be working with them on this.’

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