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The Faculty of Dental Medicine seeks to train highly qualified specialist doctors who are able to provide treatment to patients in various fields of oral medicine and surgery, to raise awareness of the importance of oral health and to support scientific research.
Within the relationship with the community, the Faculty of Dental Medicine includes clinics and laboratories that provide treatment services to citizens at nominal prices.
Based on the mission of the Lebanese University, the Faculty of Dental Medicine works to prepare students in the field of oral and dental surgery and treatment and prepare dentists in the third cycle through:
The Faculty of Dental Medicine aims at distinguishing itself in the preparation of specialists in the field of dental medicine in Lebanon according to the highest international standards.
The faculty objectives include the following:
The administrative structure of the Faculty includes:
Students who finish the first year at the Faculty of Science of the Lebanese University, with an average of at least 12/20, are eligible to participate in the Competitive Entrance Exam (CEE) of the Faculty of Dental Medicine.
However, students of other universities may participate in the CEE, on condition of successfully completing in an officially recognized higher education institution that prepares students for a dental specialization the equivalent of the first-year curriculum in the Faculty of Dental Medicine at the Lebanese University.
Students from outside the Lebanese University are eligible to participate in the CEE of the third year, on condition of successfully completing, in an officially recognized higher education institution that prepares students in a dental medicine specialization, the equivalent in the Faculty of Dental Medicine at the Lebanese University, of the curricula of the years prior to the third year. Acceptance of students for the third-year CEE is subject to submitting the necessary documents before the exam.
The number of students from outside the Lebanese University to be accepted in the third year of the Faculty of Dental Medicine is determined based on the proposal of the Faculty Council, by a percentage not exceeding 10% of the number of students in the third year.
The CEE includes written and practical test and students are required to obtain an average of 12/20 to succeed.
The CEE for the second year, in its French and English sections, includes written examinations (common with the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy) and a manual test of aptitude for wax carving and drawing.
Requirements for Registration
The necessary documents for registration are available on the faculty website.
The documents are the following:
Registration shall be done at the beginning of the academic year.
Students who have passed the second- and third-year CEE should register no later than 10 days after the results are posted.
Students enrolled at the Lebanese University shall renew their registration annually at the end of each academic year.
Admission to 2nd Cycle
Students are admitted to the Faculty according to their ranking in the CEE and according to a number predetermined by the Faculty Council.
Children of employees and professors at the Lebanese University participating in the CEE and not classified within the previously determined number of students, are accepted on condition of obtaining an average of at least 12/20 according to a yearly decision issued by the University Council.
Admission to 3rd Cycle
To sit for the Master's degree CEE, the candidate shall hold a dental surgeon diploma or the equivalent.
The CEE includes a written exam. The number of students per specialty is determined beforehand by the Faculty Council. The 3 students ranked first in the 4 years of study at the Faculty will have the privilege of being admitted to the specialty of their choice after passing the CEE, according to the ranking and with the approval of the Faculty Council. Their distribution depends on the specializations according to their ranking in the CEE and to the number predetermined in the Faculty Council for each department.
According to Article 8 of Law No. 14246, the Faculty Dean prepares a draft of the projected income and expenditures for the fiscal year and submits it to the Faculty Council before February 15 of each academic year.
The Faculty Council studies the proposed budget and presents it, after making the modifications it deems necessary, to the President of the Lebanese University before March 15 of each year with all the necessary documents.
The revenues collected from the Faculty conference which is held once every two years, are sent to the LU rectorate which withdraws 30% of the final amount. The remaining amount will be used by the Faculty for expenses that were not foreseen in the Faculty annual budget.
According to Article 38 of Law No. 14246, if the gifts and donations have been made to be spent in a certain direction, the corresponding credits will be opened by decision of the University Council that decided to accept them.
The total duration of studies required to obtain the "Diploma of Dental Surgeon" is five years, taking into account the first year of studies at the Faculty of Science (or its equivalent).
The Faculty of Dental Medicine is composed of:
The Dean is appointed in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 75/67 of 26 December 1967 and its amendments relating to the organization of the Lebanese University, Chapter IV, Article 25.
According to Article 28 of Law No. 75/67 and its amendments, the Dean has the following tasks:
Faculty Council Structure
According to Article 29 of Law No. 75/67, the Faculty Council is composed of:
The Faculty Representative at the Faculty is elected from among the members of the Teaching Staff for a one-year renewable term provided that he/she is a full-timer or tenured and has spent at least five years at the Faculty.
The Teaching Staff Representative at the Lebanese University Council represents the Teaching Staff of the Faculty at the University Council and attends the meetings of the Faculty Council. The term and the election process follow the general law of the Lebanese University.
The role of the General Secretary in the Faculty Councils is to draft the minutes of the meetings and to submit them to the members of the Council for approval and signature.
Faculty Council Tasks
The Faculty Council meets every fifteen (15) days or less if necessary, during the academic year, according to a predefined agenda, upon the invitation of the Dean or two-thirds of the Council members or at the request of the University President.
The minutes of the Faculty Council meetings are sent by e-mail to the professors in order to inform the Teaching Staff of the proposals and decisions taken by the Council.
According to Article 32 of Law No. 75/67 and its amendments, dated 26/12/1967, the Faculty Council has the following functions:
Teaching Staff Categories
The Teaching Staff is composed of two categories: Full-time professors and part-time professors. Part-time professors, tenured and hourly contractual professors or contractual professors with annual contract.
Hourly contractual professors per hour are paid according to their academic title and the number of hours taught, while contractual professors with annual contract are paid an annual lump sum once a year.
According to Article 6 of Law No. 3261 dated 21/5/2018, the Teaching Staff shall be a member of one of the two Orders of Dentists in Lebanon (Beirut or North Lebanon).
Teaching Staff Academic & Clinical Qualifications
The Teaching Staff is composed of full-time and tenured professors holding a PhD in Odontological Sciences (or the equivalent) or a Master’s degree. These professors come from different national or international universities, which enriches the teaching program by gathering the knowledge of different dental schools in the world.
According to Article 1 of Law No. 3261 dated 21/5/2018, the titles of the members of the Faculty of Dental Medicine are the following:
Academic titles: Professor, Assistant Professor, Adjunct Professor
According to Article 2 of Law No. 3261 dated 5/21/2018, the titles of the members of the contractual Teaching Staff at the Faculty of Dental Medicine are divided into two types:
Academic titles: Professor, Assistant Professor, Adjunct Professor, Lecturer.
Clinical titles: Clinical Professor, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinical Adjunct Professor, Clinical Lecturer, Head of Clinical Department, Assistant Head of Clinical Department, Instructor, Assistant Instructor.
According to Article 1 of Resolution No: 2348 amended on 7/21/2017, the academic departments are distributed as follows:
Organizational Structure of Departments
Based on Chapter Twelve of the Principles of Candidacy and Elections of the University Bylaws, Article 83, Clauses 2, 3 and 4, each Department is headed by a Head elected by the members of the Teaching Staff of the Department for a term of two years, renewable only once.
The candidate to head the department shall:
The Head of Department is assisted by a Head of Service holding the title of at least Head of Clinical Department, who is elected by the department teaching staff for a one-year term, renewable once.
Functions of Head of Department
Based on Chapter 11 in the academic departments of the University Bylaws, and articles 80, 81 and 82, the Head of the Academic Department shall perform the following functions:
Functions of Department Council
Reference: Chapter Eleven, Academic Sections of the University Bylaws, Articles 80, 81 and 82
According to Article 82 of Law No. 67/75, the functions of the Department Council are:
Functions of Head of Service
The Head of Service performs the following functions:
Functions of 2nd Cycle Studies Coordinator
One or more academic coordinators are appointed by the Dean for a renewable term of one year among the three names proposed by the Faculty Council, provided that they hold at least the rank of Assistant Professor.
The Coordinator of Theory Studies performs the following tasks:
Functions of Clinic Coordinator
The Clinic Coordinator is appointed by the Dean for a one-year renewable term.
The Clinic Coordinator performs the following functions:
2nd & 3rd Cycle Committees
The 2nd and 3rd Cycle committees are:
a. The Research Committee
b. The Scientific Specialization Committee
The Scientific Committee mission is to evaluate the educational and academic activities and original research of the Faculty professors in accordance with Decree 3261 of 14/06/2018.
c. The Ethics Committee
Ethics naturally finds its source of reflection in action. Therefore, the more the student is in direct contact with action, the more he or she will appreciate the variety of questions and challenges raised. Ethics programs are offered in three stages: pre-clinical, clinical and post-graduate.
Two members of the Faculty of Dental Medicine with the title of Professors to evaluate scientific articles that require ethical approval, ensure compliance of specifications and give approval.
Research Center Structure
According to Articles 7, 8 and 9 of Law No. 3261 dated 21/5/2018, the Research Center is headed by a Head of Department and a Council.
Functions of Research Committee
Members of the Research Center perform the following functions:
The academic programs for graduate students are provided in two languages: French for the French section and English for the English section, while the Master program is provided in English.
According to Article 8 of Law No. 524 dated 10/2/2016, student attendance in theoretical classes is mandatory. It is possible to allow 10% absence from the total number of hours per subject. Any student who is sanctioned may not take the written exam, due to absence.
Theoretical Exam Schedule
An exam schedule specifying the date, place, and time of each exam is posted on the bulletin board and on the website one month in advance.
A make-up exam will be scheduled during the week following the Council deliberation. If, due to force majeure, an exam shall be cancelled and/or postponed, students will be re-scheduled as soon as possible.
A 10-15 day-off is scheduled twice a year for course review prior to each set of final exams.
The assignment of seats in the composition room is done before the beginning of each theoretical exam.
The student shall place his or her student card on the table or, failing that, a valid ID for the current year and show it to the supervisor upon request.
The exams are held anonymously on copies provided by the Faculty.
The presence of a professor from the department concerned is also preferable during the entire exam if the exams require additional information or correction.
The student is not allowed́ to leave the room once the papers have been distributed.
The student stops composing as soon as the scheduled time for the exam is over. Before leaving the exam room, the student hands in his/her copy and leaves the room.
Any behavior or action contrary to the rules is reported́ to the Dean by the supervisor. In case of flagrant fraud or attempted fraud, the supervisor in charge of the room can confiscate the exam sheet at any time. Fraud shall be reported and be subject to disciplinary action by the Dean and the Faculty Council.
Absence from Theoretical Exams
The student who has presented a legitimate excuse approved by the Faculty Council, has the right to sit up for a make-up exam before the results deliberation. This exam is considered the first.
A student who has failed the initial exam and the make-up exam with a legitimate excuse approved by the Dean and the Faculty Council, shall obtain a general average of 12/20. If the student obtains less than 8/20 in one of the subjects, the student will be required to sit for another make-up exam and shall be considered to have succeeded in case of obtaining an average of 10/20 in the subject in which he/she was absent.
If a student is absent from an initial exam without a legitimate excuse, he/she will receive a mark of zero for the exam. The student may sit for a make-up exam after the results are published at the end of each academic year. The condition of success is to have an average of 12/20 on the make-up exam.
Legitimate excuses are: death of a relative in the first-degree relative or emergency situations.
A supporting document shall be provided to the administration within 72 hours of the date of the absence. And if he/she is ill, he/she shall provide a medical report certified by one of the doctors accredited by the faculty.
The final decision to accept or reject any excuse for absenteeism rests with the Dean and the Faculty Council. This decision will be final and irreversible.
Correction of Theoretical Exams
Grading is done within two weeks of the exam. All papers are graded in the Dean's office. Each professor corrects the questions related to his/her part of the course and sign the grade according to the distribution of the composition grade.
Two course related professors add up the grades and re-evaluates the marking signed with the Head of Service, before the papers are turned in to the Student Affairs Office where he/she opens the papers and copies the grades to the class list.
The Head of Service or Department submits the papers to the Student Affairs Office following the signature of the Head of Department. This list is then rechecked, signed and dated by the Head of Service or the person in charge of the Student Affairs. A copy of the list is submitted to the IT Department.
The results are entered into a computerized database and the documents used for the deliberations are prepared. The results of the grades will be posted after approval and signature of the Dean.
Students have the right, upon request, to a second correction of their copy within three days after the results. This correction is done following a request to the Student Affairs Office and after approval by the Dean.
Grading System of Theoretical Exams
According to Article 2, of Law No. 524 dated 10/2/2016, the final grade of the theoretical courses is distributed as follows: 90% for the written final exam and 10% for the continuous evaluation (Quiz or other).
In case of absence from the continuous evaluation, the percentage is transferred to the final exam. The final exam, which will cover all the chapters taught for each subject, is scheduled at the end of the semester.
The number of hours determines the final exam in the first semester or at the end of the academic year. Only subjects with more than thirty hours will be presented at the end of the academic year or divided into two exams, one exam at the end of the first semester and another for the whole subject at the end of the year.
Attendance of Students in Preclinical/Clinical
According to Article 8, of Law No. 524 dated 10/2/2016, attendance at practical and/or, clinical work (100%) is mandatory for all students except for those who have exemptions granted by the Dean and approved by the Faculty Council with a legitimate justification.
Schedule of Clinical Exams
A timetable for clinical exams is set by the Clinic Coordinator following the approval of the Faculty Council. The grading is generally scheduled at the end of the first and second semesters within the last two weeks of each semester. The date of the final clinical examination is usually set following the recommendation of the Clinical Coordinator and approval of the Faculty Council.
Clinical Grading System
The final clinical grading is divided as follows: 60% for the continuous evaluation of clinical procedures (30% for the first semester grade 30% for the second semester) and 40% for the final examination.
The grade for each semester includes several assessments:
The Master's degrees are divided as follows:
General Coordinator of Master Studies
The General Coordinator of Master Studies is responsible for coordinating with those in charge of the postgraduate program in all specializations on all matters related to the program and for submitting reports to the Faculty Council through the Dean.
The General Coordinator of Master Studies is appointed by the Dean from the tenured or full-time professors for a renewable term of one year, provided that his/her academic title is not lower than that of Assistant Professor.
The functions of the General Coordinator of Master Studies are:
Master Studies Coordinator
The Master Studies Coordinator is appointed by the Dean from two tenured or full-time professors whose rank is at least Adjunct. If this is not possible, an Assistant Professor out of the full-time professors proposed by the Head of Department shall be selected, for a period of one year, renewable once only.
The functions of the Master coordinator are:
Attendance of Master Residents in Theoretical Courses
According to Article 8, of Law No. 2626 dated 29/6/2016, the attendance of students in theoretical classes is mandatory and controlled. It is possible to allow 10% absence from the total number of hours per subject. Any student who is sanctioned may not take the written exam.
Schedule of Master Theoretical Exam
The date, place and time of each exam is posted on the bulletin board and on the website one month in advance.
A make-up exam will be scheduled during the week following the Council deliberation. If, in case of force majeure, a exam has to be cancelled and/or postponed, students will be summoned again as soon as possible.
A 10-15 day-off retreat is scheduled twice a year for course review before each set of final exams.
Master Theoretical Exams
The administrative organization of the written exams is carried out by the Student Affairs Office. Their role is to:
In the event of flagrant fraud or attempted fraud, the supervisor in charge of the room may confiscate the examination paper at any time. Fraud shall be reported and is subject to disciplinary action by the Dean and the Faculty Council.
Absence from Master Theoretical Exams
According to Article 7 of Law No. 2626 dated 29/6/2016, the student who has presented a legitimate excuse approved by the Faculty Council, has the right to sit for a make-up exam before the deliberation of the results. The success is subject to obtaining an average of 12/20 according to the method of calculating the course grade.
According to Article 7 of Law No. 2626 dated 29/6/2016, the student who has failed the initial exam and the make-up exam with a legitimate excuse approved by the Dean and the Faculty Council, shall obtain an average of 12/20 to succeed, according to the method of calculating the course grade.
According to Article 7 of Law No. 2626 dated 29/6/2016, a student who failed to present the initial test without a legitimate excuse shall have zero on the test. He/she will be allowed to sit for a make-up exam considered as initial after the publication of the results, at the end of each academic year. The success is subject to obtaining an average of 12/20.
Legitimate excuses include: death of a first-degree relative or emergency situations.
A supporting document shall be provided to the administration within 72 hours from the date of his absence. And if he/she is ill, he/she shall provide a medical report certified by one of the doctors accredited by the faculty.
The final decision to accept or reject any excuse for absenteeism rests with the Dean and Faculty Council. This decision will be final and irreversible.
Correction of Master Theoretical Exams
Grading is done within two weeks of the exam. All papers are graded in the Dean's office. Each professor corrects the questions related to his/her part of the course and according to the distribution of the composition grade.
The Master coordinator adds up the grades and re-evaluates the marking before the papers are delivered to Student Affairs Office where he/she opens the papers and copies the grades onto the class list and presents it to the Master Secretary. After approval and signature of the Dean and the Head of Department, the grades will be posted or emailed to the residents.
Article 44: Grading System for Master Theoretical Exams
According to Article 2 of Law No. 2626 dated 29/6/2016, the distribution of the final grade for theoretical courses is 70% for the semester final exam and 30% for the continuous evaluation.
The executed quizzes represent 10% of the 30% of the continuous evaluation.
Attendance of Master Residents in Clinics
According to Article 8, of Law No. 2626 dated 29/6/2016, attendance at practical and/or, clinical work is mandatory (100%) for all students except for those who have exemptions granted by the Dean and approved by the Faculty Council.
Master Clinical Examination Schedule
A schedule of clinical examinations specifying the date, place and time of each test is posted on the bulletin board one month in advance.
Clinical & Applied Grading System for Master Residents
According to Article 3 of Law No. 2626 dated 29/6/2016, the distribution of the final grade of the practical work is 40% for the final exam (20% for the oral exam and 20% for the practical exam) and 60% for the continuous evaluation.
According to Article 5 of Law No. 2626 dated 29/6/2016, the continuous evaluation of clinical works represents 60% of the final grade and 40% for the final evaluation.
Any resident fails if the conditions of Article 6 of Law No. 2626 dated 29/6/2016 are applicable.
Requirement for PhD in Dental Medicine
According to Article 2 of Law No. 2912, the requirements for a PhD in Dental Medicine are:
Obtaining a PhD in Dental Medicine
According to Article 1 of Law No. 2912, the PhD in Dental Medicine is prepared in cooperation and under the supervision of the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the Lebanese University and another Faculty of Dental Medicine having previously signed an agreement of cooperation and scientific exchange in this field (Joint Dissertation).
The entire dissertation file is submitted to the scientific committee at the Faculty of Dental Medicine for review, study and for drafting the appropriate report in its regard. If the result is positive, recommendations are submitted to the Faculty Dean for approval of the registration upon the proposal of the two professors involved.
The jury is composed of four or five members, provided that all of them are holders of the rank of professor or assistant professor, or they fulfill the legal requirements for the two ranks mentioned, and that the Head of the Jury is a professor. The members shall have the following requirements:
Defense of Dissertation
After the candidate for a PhD in Dental Medicine completes his/her work, the professor supervising the dissertation submits a written report explaining:
According to Law No. 779, dated 9-4-2020 the Jury awards the title of Doctor in Dental Medicine according to the following grades: Acceptable: 12-13,99/20; Good: 14-15,99/20; Very Good: 16-17,99/20; Excellent: >18/20.
The behavior of students, whether by their actions, oral or written, shall comply with the laws and regulations in force as well as the commonly accepted rules of civility and respect for others.
Clothing shall comply with hygiene and safety requirements and be appropriate for the activities being undertaken (Ref: Code of Ethics).
All persons present at the Lebanese University are required to respect the general safety rules and regulations and those specific to certain workstations or areas and to report any malfunction without delay.
The Lebanese University cannot be held responsible for the disappearance of or damage to personal property, which shall remain in the custody of its owner.
Persons present on the Lebanese University shall respect physical property (premises, furniture, equipment, etc.). Any deliberate damage to equipment, furniture or buildings engages the responsibility of its author and will result in disciplinary sanctions and possibly civil and criminal proceedings (Ref: Code of Ethics).
The disciplinary measures include warning, reprimand and dismissal from the Faculty for a period of seven days to one month (with the approval of the Faculty Council in case of exceeding one week), and these first three penalties are issued by the Dean. The prohibition penalties from sitting for examinations for one or more sessions, or dismissal from the university for a maximum of three years or permanent dismissal from the University, are issued by the University President based on the decision of the Faculty Council.
Any student may be subject to a disciplinary procedure when he/she is suspected́ of being the author or accomplice of a fraud or attempted fraud. There are two types of fraud: academic and non-academic.
Academic frauds are: Cheating on the exam or registration, plagiarism, objectionable attitudes in class/disorder, dishonesty.
Non-academic frauds are: Aggressive behavior with colleagues, professors or patients; destruction of equipment, theft, destruction of property, possession of hazardous materials, discrimination and harassment, alcoholism and inappropriate conduct in the library (Ref: Code of Ethics).
Students justifying a specific arrangement (in particular for reasons of pregnancy, disability, salaried activity, sports or artistic activity or elective office) can benefit from pedagogical adjustments in the modalities of knowledge control after approval by the Dean and the Faculty Council.
Class representatives are elected at the beginning of each year for a renewable one-year term.
Each class elects two delegates: one responsible for the theoretical courses and another for the practical and clinical work.
Election of Academic Representatives
The student who wishes to run for the position of representative, presents his candidacy to the Faculty General Secretary at the beginning of the year and after the date of the election has been fixed.
The election takes place in the presence of the General Secretary and the students. The first two candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected as delegates for their class.
Any graduate of the Faculty (Dental Surgeon or holder of a Master's or PhD degree) has the right to become a member of the Association of Dentists Graduates of the Lebanese University (ADDUL). ADDUL, which was established on 6 February 1988, is an apolitical and non-profit society.
ADDUL aims at strengthening the bonds of cooperation and harmony among graduates, promoting a better position and representation of the graduates in the Orders of Dentists and organizing social and educational activities.
Respect of Bylaws
Failure to comply with the provisions of these bylaws may result in disciplinary proceedings or prosecution.
Adoption of Bylaws
These Bylaws are adopted by the Faculty Council by an absolute majority of the members present or represented.
Enforce of Bylaws
The Bylaws shall be in force after adoption by the Faculty Council, approval by the University Council and signature by the University President.