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European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education

European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) was founded in 1995 within the framework of the European Union on the initiative of COTEC (Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries) with financial support from ERASMUS. ENOTHE is a thematic network, which has been funded by the European Commission, Socrates / Erasmus programme: Thematic Network Projects since 1997. The main aim of a thematic network is to enhance quality and define and develop a European dimension within a given academic discipline, or other issues of common interest, through co-operation between university faculties or departments, academic and/or professional associations, employers and client-organisations.

General aims of ENOTHE

  • To unite the European Occupational Therapy Educational Programmes and proposed Programmes (Institutes, Schools, Universities etc.) in order to advance the education and the body of knowledge of occupational therapy
  • To work with COTEC to promote occupational therapy education in Europe


  • To stimulate European standards of occupational therapy education in higher education using WFOT standards and methods of quality assurance in order to reach mutual recognition
  • To introduce and promote ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) in occupational therapy education
  • To encourage the development of lifelong education in occupational therapy including the development of joint education/ European programmes
  • To provide assistance to institutions who wish to start occupational therapy education programmes (eg Central and Eastern European Regions) and to advise on potential resources

Project groups
Project groups have a specified task and work-plan, which are approved by the General Assembly. Over the next few years ENOTHE project groups will address the following themes:

  • TUNING and quality assurance of occupational therapy education in Europe
  • Development of the European Dimension in the occupational therapy curriculum
  • Development of continuing education and research in occupational therapy
  • Development of innovative teaching methods eg. Problem Based Learning (PBL), electronic learning

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Representative of the Tallinn Health Care College: Hanna-Maria Põldma