RIOU invites applications for second MSA intake
26November 2013, Sochi: Starting today, the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) is welcoming applications to join the second intake of its groundbreaking Master of Sport Administration (MSA) course, running from September 2014 to June 2015.
RIOU’s state-of-the-art campus is based at the heart of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi and first opened its doors to MSA students this September.
TheEnglish language course is targeted at, but not exclusive to, professionals inthe sports industry such as employees of National Olympic Committees, Russianand International Sports Federations, clubs, marketing agencies and othersports industry organisations.
TheMSA curriculum combines traditional lectures and seminars with workshops, casestudies, interactive classes and practical experience with the Sochi 2014Organising Committee.
The year’s work comprises five core modules: Economics of Sport and the Olympic Games; Management, Politics and the Olympic Movement; Research in Sport Management; Sport and the Olympic Games as a Business; and Sport Marketing and Communications.
RIOU’s Rector, Professor Lev Belousov, said:
“RIOU is the first, and only, Olympic university in the world and the goal of our MSA course is to equip our students with the strategic and operational skills necessary to manage sports institutions, events and facilities in any economic environment.
“Our inaugural intake this year has attracted students from a range of Olympic Movement backgrounds, and 14 different countries. The atmosphere around the campus is therefore genuinely international and professionally diverse. We have students who are Olympic champions and National Olympic Committee professionals and lecturers with in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of the sports world.
“I hope that our second intake is just as varied as our first and - in support of this - I am hopeful our students’ studies can be substantially supported by adequate grants, as they have been this year.”
EvelynHopp, a RIOU student fromthe German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), said:
“RIOU’s MSA programme is a huge opportunity for me to improve my knowledge about organised sport worldwide. It is great to have professors from all over the world, teaching in their fields of expertise. I, for my part, am really interested in “Management, Politics and the Olympic Movement”, so it’s a one-of-a-kind chance to learn about the situations in different countries and have the 2014 Winter Games right around the corner.”
For further information about the application procedure, admission terms and the MSA programme content, please visit RIOU’s website at www.olympicuniversity.ru
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Autonomous Non-Profit Organisation “Russian International Olympic University” (RIOU) was established on 21 October 2009 under the Memorandum of Understanding between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and the Russian Olympic Committee, and under a decree of the Russian Federation No 774. The founders of the University are the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, and Interros private investment company.
The Chairman of the RIOU Board of Trustees is thePresident of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and its Deputy Chairman isDmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee,thereby making RIOU an establishment cemented firmly in both Russian andOlympic history.
The University is based in Sochi - the host city for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games – and offers unique programmes infused with Olympic values and experiences. RIOU’s activities concentrate on training specialists in sports management for the Russian and international sports industry, and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The University’s educational programmes cover the main aspects of sports education: venue and infrastructure management, competitions, mass communications, diplomacy and administration, and career management.
The full one-year tuition fee for the Master of Sport Administration programme is $15,000. The cost of accommodation on the University’s modern campus in central Sochi is $15,000 for the whole period of study. Classes will start in September 2014 and finish in late June, 2015.
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