From the left  to the right : Alberto Bozzi and Davide Costamagna (Italy) ; Florence Dabas and Anthony Demont (France) and Ralf Kraft (Germany)
From the left to the right : Alberto Bozzi and Davide Costamagna (Italy) ; Florence Dabas and Anthony Demont (France) and Ralf Kraft (Germany)

New European network for PT students gets off the ground

Student physical therapists from France, Italy and Germany who met at the WCPT Congress in Amsterdam have built on their experiences by forming a new European network for PT students. 

They have founded the European Network for Academic Physical Therapists (ENAPT), which came into being at an inaugural meeting at the European Students’ Union in Brussels on 9th September. Student organisations from seven other other European countries have agreed in principle to join the network before the end of the year.  

The network is composed of presidents of physical therapy student organisations or student representatives from professional bodies. The three organisations currently represented are Fédération Française des Étudiants en Kinésithérapie, Zentralverband der Physiotherapeuten/Krankengymnasten and Unione Studentesca Italiana di Fisioterapia.

During the meeting, delegates discussed issues surrounding professional education in each country, and the idea of student federalism in Europe. They worked on the status and mission of the new network. 

Anthony Demont, Vice President of the French Federation for Physical Therapy Students and organiser of the Brussels meeting, says that the network will promote physical therapists and their education.

“Its aims are to defend student values and work hand-in-hand with WCPT to promote physical therapy education. This network invests in international collaborative projects to promote physical therapy education.”

Representatives are now working on the organisation’s articles and constitution. The network will hold an annual meeting, with the first one scheduled for Paris early next year. 

An annual meeting will be held from now on to share knowledge and collaborate on international projects. 

For more information, contact ENAPT at: enapt11@gmail.com