Asia Physical Therapy Student Association (APTSA) Constitution


     1. Name
        Asia Physical Therapy Student Association (APTSA)
        1.1. To represent all member countries in APTSA
        1.2. To be a totally nonpolitical association

    2. Objectives
        2.1. To promote regional cooperation among physical therapy students in Asia.
        2.2. To enhance international competitiveness of physical therapy students in Asia.
        2.3. To encourage physical therapy students to devote themselves to international education and health promotion.
        2.4. To promote regional characteristics of Physical Therapy in Asia.
        2.5. To broaden physical therapy students’ horizons.
        2.6. To improve educational environment of PT in Asia.
        2.7. To interact with other countries and associations.

    3. Headquarters
        3.1. National Taiwan University is the headquarters.
        3.2. The headquarters has the following duties and responsibilities:
               3.2.1 To keep an extra copy of documentations of the Congress meetings.
               3.2.2 To promote APTSA.
               3.2.3 To construct and maintain the registration system for APTSA members.
               3.2.4 To keep the bank account of APTSA.

    4. Members
        4.1. Membership
               4.1.1. Formal members: Formal members are country members, and each country can send a maximum of 3 student

                         representatives but each country can only have one student vote. Each country member needs to have at least

                         one student representative.
               4.1.2. General members:
                Association member: An association member is a school organization or regional organization that joins

                                      the APTSA.
                Individual member: An individual member is a PT student who joins the APTSA.
                Supporting member: A supporting member is a member who is interested in the works of the APTSA and

                                      wants to support it.
                Alumni member: An alumni member is limited to students who have graduated from a PT school in Asia

                                      and used to be an individual member and representative of a formal member.
        4.2. Rights
               4.2.1. Formal member: Each formal member has the right to vote for the president, vice president, and the candidate

                         of each department of the executive committee of the APTSA.
               4.2.2. General member:
                Association member: Each association member has the right to receive information of APTSA and

                                      attend the activities held by APTSA. Each association member also has the opportunity to put forth a

                                      nominee to be the formal member to represent the country.
                Individual member: Each member has the right to receive information of APTSA and attend the activities

                                      held by APTSA.
                Supporting member: Each supporting member has the right to receive information of APTSA and attend

                                      the activities held by APTSA.
                Alumni member: Each supporting member has the right to receive information of APTSA and attend the

                                     activities held by APTSA.
        4.3. Obligations
               4.3.1. To act under the APTSA Constitution
               4.3.2. To pay the annual dues of APTSA.
                The amount of dues and the due date of payment can be adjusted by the executive committee as they

                                      see fit.
                Amount of annual fee:
                             Association member: 50USD/years
                             Individual member: 15USD/years
                             Supporting member: 15USD/years
                             Alumni member: 15USD/years
               4.3.3. Dues are owned by all members of the APTSA and cannot be used privately.
        4.4. Suspension
               4.4.1. Delayed payment.
                If the case arises that a general member cannot pay by the set due date, that general member must

                                      gain approval from the executive committee. And, if approved, will be given an additional 3 months to

                                      settle the amount. Failure to do so will warrant a suspension. Approval from the executive committee

                                      must be in one month ahead of the due date.
               4.4.2. Do not obey the constitution.
                Punishments for any violations of this constitution will be decided upon by the current executive


    5. Activities
        5.1. Annual Congress
       5.2. Academic Seminar and workshop should be held at least once a year.
       5.3. Publication and information dissemination
            5.3.1. Could be held in any form

    6. Executive Committee

      6.1. Each country must be represented in the executive committee.
      The executive committee is comprised of the following:
       6.2. President
              6.2.1. Manage the members in APTSA.
              6.2.2. Decide the main direction of APTSA each year.
              6.2.3. Represent the entire organization and not their respective country.
          6.2.4. If the case arises that the president for two consecutive years is from the same country, that country is required

                         to hold the annual congress only once within the president’s term.
                President has the priority to host the next conference, but upon refusal can open the floor to bidding by

                                      other country. The host country will be chosen by the board.
               6.2.5. The elected president should represent the entire organization and not their respective countries.
        6.3. Internal Affairs Department
               6.3.1. The head of this department is also the vice president.
            The vice president will be the acting president in the absence of the president.
        6.4. Finance Department
               6.4.1. Drawing up and execution of budget.
               6.4.2. Preparation and presentation of annual financial report.
        6.5. Academic Department
               6.5.1. Plan for seminars and workshops and other programs related to academic development.
               6.5.2. Be responsible for being aware of and observing the ethical and legal issues related in conducting program.
        6.6. Publication Department
               6.6.1. Manage the website.
               6.6.2. Collate information from physical therapy departments of universities and colleges in Asia.
        6.7. Documentation Department
               6.7.1. Keeps the records of the minutes of the meeting and the activity of the organization.
               6.7.2. Manages and maintains the internal collaborative website.
        6.8. External affairs Department
               6.8.1. Establish and cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with other organizations.
               6.8.2. Promote the policy of educational exchange programs among member countries.
               6.8.3. Promote the policies that are beneficial to physical therapy development in Asia.

    7. Funding
        7.1. Find some partial support from other organizations.
        7.2. Physical therapy modality company

    8. Vote
        8.1. Formal members of APTSA have the rights to vote for president and vice-president.
        8.2. The term of appointment for president and executives is one year. An individual can only be elected into the same

               position for a maximum two consecutive years.
               8.2.1. Any position can only be held by representatives of the same country for a maximum of two consecutive years.
               8.2.2. The president and candidates of each department should be elected from formal members.

    9. Amendment
        9.1. Any item in this constitution can be amended by the executive committee by the approval of the two-third of

               representatives during the congress.




     (Revised Edition 2011 )