Hogeschool van Amsterdam

European Master Of Science In Occupational Therapy


7 Oct 2014 00:00 | OT Euromaster

Faculty, alumni and friends of the OT-EuroMaster shared their research with delegates attending the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapist held in Yokohama, in June 2014. To find out more, look at the summary of the workshop and two poster presentations, below.

‘Meeting Occupational Therapy demands of cultural diversity in education: the OT-EuroMaster program as one promising example.’ A workshop facilitated by Hans Jonsson, Anders Kottorp, Lisette Farias, Birgit Prodinge and Claudia Galli.

Birgit and Lisette, two alumni, give their reflection on the workshop. The 1.5 hour, interactive workshop was attended by approximately 25 participants from different countries. The workshop was divided in three sections:

  1. Introduction with examples from the OT-EuroMaster of teaching and learning activities that integrated cultural diversity to enhance learning and intercultural dialogue were presented from the perspective of students, tutors, and examiners.
  2. Participants shared their experiences and examples in small groups, discussing the merits and challenges of meeting cultural diversity in occupational therapy education.
  3. A plenary session when the groups shared key points from their discussions, which triggered in turn, further discussion.

Birgit and Lisette presented the topic “Cultural diversity from two students’ experiences”. Through concrete examples we illustrated the importance of meeting the values, needs and expectations of all learners in order to enhance knowledge about cultural diversity in Occupational Therapy education. The examples were based on our experiences and pointed to the opportunities and challenges that arise when enhancing cultural diversity in the context of the OT-EuroMaster program. They highlighted the importance of:

  • creating an environment of trust,
  • challenging and reflecting on the taken-for-granted, and
  • engaging in critical and constructive ways to deepen the knowledge, not only about topics within the profession, but also about the core foundations and development of the profession.

We take the engagement and feedback of participants as an indication that there is a need to promote good examples or approaches, especially where cultural diversity is a strength, not a challenge. We hope that the OT-Euromaster, as a model for embracing cultural diversity in education, will continue sharing experiences with other higher education institutions and with the general public. It is vital to showcase the opportunities and benefits that international dialogue and cooperation create through the analysis of the profession within national and international contexts.

The PowerPoint presentation is available here: 1. EUmaster workshop WFOT 2014.pdf

‘Capacity building in European Master of Science Program in OT –

Perspectives from Swiss employers’ a poster presented by Franziska Wirz, from the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.

The poster is available here: 2. Wirz_end_posterWFOT_2014.pdf

‘Sustaining international partnerships: the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy’ a poster presented by Irene Ilott5, Anders Kottorp1, Karen la Cour6, Fenna van Nes5, Hans Jonsson1 and Gaynor Sadlo7.

The poster is available here: 3. I Ilott et al WFOT final poster 2014.pdf


1) Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; 2) Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland; 3) University of Western Ontario, Canada; 4) Swiss Paraplegic Research, Switzerland; 5) Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Amsterdam School of Health Professions, The Netherlands; 6) University of Southern Denmark, Denmark; 7) University of Eastbourne, United Kingdom.