Sustaining international partnerships: the European Master of Science Programme in Occupational Therapy, a Case Study

Irene Ilott, Karen De la Cour, Anders Kottorp, Fenna van Nes, Hans Jonsson, Gaynor Sadlo

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International partnerships are a mechanism for supporting the academic development of occupational therapy and promoting cultural competence. This case study describes the factors that have helped to sustain a post-qualifying programme implemented by and the UK since 1999. Data collection methods were documentary analysis and the re sample of six key informants. Cohort and outcome data, from 193 students from 31 countries who enrolled between 1999 and 2011, are reported. Each cohort comprises students from an average of eight countries to optimize inter-cultural dialogue. Four factors support sustainability. These are 1) supportive professional European networks; 2) timeliness and alignment with European higher education policy; 3) partnership structures and processes that emphasize joint decision making and accountability; and 4) the stimulus and satisfaction associated with internationalization. The main limitations are considering the OT-EuroMaster as an intrinsic case study and using opportunistic data collection that undermines the rigor and transferability of the include doctoral networks, transnational research and sharing our curricula design with other Regions to spread the collaborative, capacity building endeavours more widely. Copyrightfive higher education institutions in Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerlandflections of a purposivefindings. Future opportunities
Original languageEnglish
JournalOccupational Therapy International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013


  • occupational therapy post graduate education
  • global educational planning
  • case study
  • sustainability


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