Education and Research Programme on Physical Therapy


Tony Chang, FMeW [  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ]

Yves Vanlandewijck, K.U.Leuven [  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ]


In October 1996 AdeKUS implemented a new study at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Bachelor in Physical Therapy. However, this programme lacked fully qualified staff for the majority of the practical physical therapy cources, deficiency in research experience and weak curriculum programming. The need for reforming the current programme into a research oriented programme with a well qualified staff became a high priority.

The international trend demands physical therapist as an omni-practicus with a well-rounded research-oriented education on at least a Master level. A multifunctional (e.g. assessment and treatment, ergonomical, biomechanical, exercise physiological) training and research centre is therefore needed to support and cater for research, practical training and community needs and services.

Our vision is to offer one of the best Physical Therapy programmes on a Master level in the CARICOM region. Therefore, the current Bachelor programme will be evaluated, adjusted and strengthened in this project to allow a smooth transition into the Bachelor-Master structure. Within Phase 1, the emphasis is put on the improvement of the Bachelor level. With the activities foreseen in Project 6, the teaching and research capacity of the Faculty of Medical Sciences will improve. Current bachelor graduates will be eligible to study follow-up courses. These efforts will contribute to a better healthcare in Suriname.

Update december 2011:
Teammember Sergio Baldew finished his Master in Physiotherapy at KU Leuven succesfully in July 2011. He will start his Ph.D soon.

The skills- en training laboratory has been equipped and students are already using the equipment.

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