Admission to dental schools is getting more competitive, with rising grade point averages and Dental Admission Test scores among today’s applicants. And these students all want to know which schools are the best. So, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) added dental schools to its 2015 survey of the world’s best universities by subject.
GS named Karolinska Institutet of Stockholm, Sweden, the number one dental school in the world. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in Sai Ying Pun was next, followed by the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and KU Leuven in Belgium.
“We are all absolutely excited about this fantastic result,” said Thomas Flemmig, dean of the HKU Faculty of Dentistry. “It is a genuine recognition of the faculty’s contribution in training world-class dentists, as well as the efforts we spent in promoting oral and dental health not only in Hong Kong but around the world.”
Seven other schools from the United States cracked the top 30: Harvard University; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of California, Los Angeles; New York University; University of California, San Francisco; Columbia University; and Boston University. Seven other schools from the United States rounded out the top 50.
“I am certainly pleased to finally see a ranking created that prospective Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) students can use to compare our school to the others around the country and the world,” said Jeffrey W. Hutter, dean of GSDM at Boston University.
QS scored each school’s academic reputation, employer reputation, and research citations per paper on a scale of zero to 100 and averaged these totals for each final score. Surveyed academics and employers identified up to 10 domestic and 30 international institutions they considered excellent, while GS used Scopus to determine the citation tallies.
“We must continue to probe deeper into the methodology used by QS in determining its rankings,” said Hutter. “As we bring excellence to all of our programs, we must improve upon our ranking both nationally and internationally.”