Representatives from Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine receive their WCPT certificate of accreditation in Kunming, China
Representatives from Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine receive their WCPT certificate of accreditation in Kunming, China

Chinese universities receive WCPT education accreditation

Physical therapy programmes at a further two Chinese universities have received WCPT's education accreditation at a ceremony in Kunming.

Dr Margot Skinner, WCPT Vice President and chair of the accreditation committee, presented leaders of entry-level programmes at Universities in Fujian and Shanghai with certificates at the International Society of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine conference this month.

Professor HE Jian and Ms. WU Ping received the certificate on behalf of the programme at Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, while Professor HU Hong-Yi, Professor LEE Shin-Da and Dr WU Xu-Bo received the award for the programme at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Professor Alice Jones, advisor to the Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Mr. Marcus Dripps, President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, also attended the ceremony. The awards bring the total number of accredited programmes in China to four, after Kunming Medical University and Sichuan University were awarded accreditation in 2013.

“One of WCPT's objectives is to continue to improve global standards of physical therapy education,” says Dr Skinner. “WCPT is committed to excellence. Therefore graduates from accredited programmes can be assured that they have completed a programme in line with the WCPT guideline for physical therapist entry-level education.”

Representatives from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine receive their WCPT certificate of accreditation in Kunming, ChinaRepresentatives from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine receive their WCPT certificate of accreditation in Kunming, China

Physical therapy in China does not yet have formal recognition at a government level, although permission to establish the first Bachelor's programme was granted following the country's successful bid to host the Olympic Games in 2008. WCPT accreditation allows programmes to be reviewed against guidelines accepted by all member organisations.

“WCPT recognises that each programme will have unique qualities, taking account of local priorities for addressing health and ethical considerations,” says Dr Skinner. “This award unites programmes in China with accredited courses around the world, while creating the potential for physical therapists and students to strengthen relationships with their professional association.”

The WCPT accreditation service was started in 2011 to assess entry-level physical therapy education programmes that aspire towards global standards. This year WCPT accreditations were also awarded to Bachelor's level programmes at Beirut Arab University in Lebanon, University Teknologi MAMA in Malaysia, and the Universidad Europea de Madrid in Spain.

“We aim to raise the awareness of the value of quality in entry-level education,” says Dr Skinner. “We are grateful to the education experts who have volunteered to be part of the education expert database, and to those currently undertaking reviews with timely and insightful reports.”

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