(PRWEB) July 31, 2012
The Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) has unveiled its new education program, a year long MSA course (Master of Sport Administration) at the Russia.Sochi.Park site in London.
Leading Russian and global experts in the field of sports management were involved in the development of the course. The launch of the program took place four years after the signing of a memorandum between the IOC, ROC and Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee on the creation of the Russian International Olympic University. The signing ceremony took place on the opening day of the Games in Beijing in the presence of Vladimir Putin.
The MSA program will become a central part of the educational structure of the RIOU. Its objective is the training of a new generation of managers for the Russian and global sports industry. The main feature of the course is the study and use of an entire series of issues related to the preparation of the Olympic Games. The University will make the selection conditions for the course public in autumn 2012 and students will begin their studies in autumn 2013 with the first students graduating the following summer.
Approximately 300 representatives of the academic community and the international Olympic Family participated in the event. Amongst the speakers were: President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of "Interros" company and Chairman of the RIOU Advisory Board, Vladimir Potanin, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation and IOC member, Rene Fazel, Federation Council member and Olympic Champion, Svetlana Zhurova as well as Minister of State for Universities and Science of the United Kingdom, David Willetts and Geoff Petts, Chairman of the "Podium" Association.
At the presentation, the RIOU signed agreements with two leading British universities in the field of sports management: Brunel University London and Sheffield Hallam University. The parties will cooperate in the training of staff for the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi, as well as in educational and scientific research activity and work for the maintenance of the Games' legacy. The agreements include the exchange of employees and students along with the joint development of educational courses.
Chairman of the RIOU Advisory Board, Vladimir Potanin, said:
"We are currently developing a model of state-private partnership in sport. Russian business is participating in the construction of sports venues and supporting the national teams of the country. The RIOU is yet another shining example of such synergy. I believe it is important to participate in this project. The creation of a university for me is an investment in the future, in human capital. But it will not be me who will derive all benefits, but our entire country will. I intend to allocate 20 grants for the first RIOU students studying the MSA program ".
RIOU General Director, Lev Belousov, told about the construction of the University complex in the central region of Sochi. The campus is being constructed using the very latest technologies and completely complies with BREEAM environmental standards, as well as the requirements of a barrier-free environment for people with disabilities.
RIOU General Director, Lev Belousov, marked:
"The Olympic Games are the highest form of sports competitions and the most difficult in terms of the organization of a sports event. The study of Olympic, and also sports experience, as well as its use in the educational process, undoubtedly creates an additional potential for the students, increases their level and added value as future managers. I believe that the emphasis on Olympism is our competitive advantage which will open the doors of any sports organization to the graduates of the RIOU".
The President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, noted:
"The creation of the Russian International Olympic University is a shining example of the intangible legacy of the Games. It is a unique education institution, helping to create a wave of highly qualified sports managers for Russia, who will be able to compete with recognized international experts at a high level".
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