History of Enphe

The cradle of ENPHE stood in Leuven. In 1992, the Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy of the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) organised a meeting for European schools of physiotherapy with a 4 year educational programme. Some attendants of this meeting kept in touch with each other and the idea of setting up a European network of physiotherapy schools was elaborated.

Karel Stappaerts from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Patrick Willems from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), Mary Garrett from University College of Dublin (Ireland) and Henri Bour from the Polytechnic of Utrecht (The Netherlands) prepared a meeting in order to create a European Network of Physiotherapy in Higher Education (ENPHE). The organisation was done by the University of Leuven and more than 400 European schools of physiotherapy were invited for this founding meeting in Leuven on 11th and 12th February 1995.

83 participants from 68 schools, coming from 15 European countries attended the meeting, which was financially supported by the European Commission. In the opening session, the participants were addressed by the rector of the University of Leuven, Mrs. Kiki Verli who represented the Task Force Human Resources 'Education, formation and youth' of the EC, Mr. Antonio Lopes who represented the SLCP and Prof. Jean Camy, one of the initiators of a European network for schools of physical education. In the following session, a presentation and a first analysis of physiotherapy education systems in different European countries was given. The meeting ended up with the presentation of the charter of ENPHE and the election of the national representatives in the Coordinating Group. Within the Coordinating Group, four officers in the Executive Board were elected. Karel Stappaerts was elected as president, Mary Garrett as vice-president, Henri Bour as secretary general and Michel Paparemborde from Lille (France) as treasurer.

The declaration of intent of ENPHE is to be the leading organisation in Europe, enhancing collaboration between and innovation of the physiotherapy educations in Europe.

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