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The Largest Dental University in the World

The Nippon Dental University is the only dental university that has two schools of dentistry. Comprising two campuses, one in Tokyo and the other in Niigata, it has two schools of dentistry, three affiliated hospitals, and two junior colleges, as well as a museum. At present, there are about 2,000 students, 1,000 teaching staff, and over 19,800 graduates.

Thus, the university is undeniably the largest in the world.

The 100th Anniversary of the Nippon Dental University's Foundation

The Nippon Dental University, Japan's first dental university, was founded by Ichigoro Nakahara in 1907 under the Japanese Dental Law, which introduced regulations for the accreditation of both public and private dental schools. Dentistry was in its infancy at the time, and the purpose of establishing this school was "to foster excellence in dentists as regards their character as well as their scholastic achievements and technique." The school trained students on the medical aspects of the teeth, jaw, and oral cavity, and produced dentists with the necessary academic and technical knowledge as well as an appropriate ethical attitude. It also endeavored to introduce improvements in dental medicine and treatment, and in the general welfare of patients.

The Nippon Dental University is a private school dedicated to continuing the founder's spirit of "independence," and in 2006 it celebrated the 100th anniversary of its foundation. These one hundred years of continuing tradition and history are the reason that the school is regarded as "the fountainhead of dentistry" in Japan.

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