An organization founded by the University of Turku together with Planmeca Academy, the Nordic Institute of Dental Education offers continuing education in the latest topics and technologies in dentistry to international dentists and technicians.
Seeing as dental technologies continue to evolve rapidly, the development of preventative dental care and orthodontic sectors are increasingly important topics. Dentists in many countries face increased regulatory requirements on continuing education. All things considered, NIDE works to bring together rapidly evolving dental technology and the brightest academic minds in order to benefit and empower dental professionals worldwide.
The courses have been organized in Finland at the University of Turku and at Planmeca’s headquarters in Helsinki since the autumn of 2014. The University of Turku admits ECTS credits and course certificates to students of the program.
Our values are the cornerstone of our operations. We are committed to:
University of Turku, founded in 1920, is an active academic community of 25,000 students and staff members – a truly international research university, a provider and developer of high-quality Finnish education, and a strong leader in academia. UTU’s values are ethicality, criticality, creativity, openness, and communality.
The Institute of Dentistry, established in 1958, gives education to undergraduate and postgraduate (specialist and PhD) programs, in line with international standards and modern teaching techniques. Our aim is to educate skillful dentists and top-class researchers. Research at the Institute of Dentistry has been active, innovative, and internationally recognized since the early 1960's and has led to a number of clinical and commercial applications. Dentists and scientists that have graduated from the Institute of Dentistry are highly respected worldwide. Furthermore, the Institute coordinates the Finnish National Graduate School of Oral Sciences (FINSOS). The dean of Faculty of Dentistry is Juha Varrela, who is also an advisor and one of the lecturers at NIDE.
Planmeca Oy, established in 1971, is the largest privately owned company in the field and the third largest dental equipment manufacturer in the world. Planmeca specializes in the design and manufacture of technologically advanced dental equipment, including dental units, CAD/CAM solutions, leading 3D and 2D imaging systems, and software solutions. The company has also pioneered in digital dental practice concepts that allow efficient management of clinic information.
Planmeca Oy is the parent company of Planmeca Group which operates in the field of health care technology and employs approximately 2,600 professionals worldwide. Planmeca’s philosophy, which also extends to NIDE, builds on sustainable innovations, commitment to health care, global collaboration, exceptional operations, stable finances, and responsibility as an employer.
The Nordic Institute of Dental Education is part of Planmeca’s global university network, which aims to deepen the cooperation of academic research and the dental technology industry. We are building a global network of universities and dental professionals, and invite you to join this growing community of over 200 universities worldwide. You can read more about Planmeca's education activities here.
NIDE’s management team is responsible for managing NIDE’s operations.
As CEO, Jenni is responsible for management and business development of Nordic Institute of Dental Education (NIDE).
As Academic Coordinator, Leila is responsible for academic affairs, including course planning, contents and quality assurance within the Nordic Institute of Dental Education (NIDE).
Elli is responsible for managing the arrangements for the visitor groups and contributes to marketing and quality control of NIDE.
NIDE's advisors are leading experts in the field of dentistry, bringing their knowhow and insight into our course program. Our current advisors include:
Dr. Pekka Vallittu
Dr. Juha Varrela
Dr. Kari Pihlman
Dr. Jukka Meurman
Dr. Marika Doepel
NIDE's board is responsible for NIDE's strategic guidelines and oversight. Our current board members are:
Anne Marjamäki (Chair)
Business Development Manager, University of Turku
Professor, Head of Department, Institute of Biomedicine, University of Turku
Senior Vice President, Planmeca
Helianna Puhlin – Nurminen
Vice President, Digital Imaging and Applications Division, Planmeca
Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Planmeca
Eeva Ryödi, (Secretary)
Legal Counsel, University of Turku