POSTED: November 22nd 2012

New Russian International Olympic University gets scholarship boost

(L to R) Rene Fasel, head of the IIHF and lecturer at the RIOU and Vladimir Potanin / RIOU
(L to R) Rene Fasel, head of the IIHF and lecturer at the RIOU and Vladimir Potanin / RIOU

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November 22 - The Vladimir Potanin Foundation will offer full scholarships to 20 of the world's brightest-yet-financially strapped candidates for the first half of a master's in sports administration at the inaugural year of the Russian International Olympic University in September 2013. 

The group announced on Monday, Nov. 21, 2012, that each scholarship will cover about $30,000 (USD) in tuition and accommodations at the school, located in the Russian city of Sochi, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The school will capitalize on that setting with a curriculum focused on management of venues, diplomacy across borders, event administration and mass communications. Real-world application of what's being learned will be on display all around the new students as the Winter Games begin to take shape in Sochi. 

RIOU CEO and Professor Lev Belousov said the scholarships with ensure that the school will begin with the right wealth of talent from across the globe, regardless of financial wherewithal. 

"We are so grateful to the Vladimir Potanin Foundation for offering us this amazing gift," he said. "At the university, our main priority is to have the most talented and deserving students learning with us. It is not always the case that these students have the best financial support — so these foundation scholarships will help to ensure that the very best students are able to join for our first intake in 2013"

Due to the university's proximity to the games, Vladimir Potanin, chairman of the school's supervisory board, believes some of the brightest minds can be brought aboard in an effort to prepare the world's future Olympic-level administrators.

"I believe that personal endorsement is the most effective means to stimulate the best students," he said. "As one of the founders of RIOU, I would like the new MSA program at the university to involve the brightest candidates from the outset. And a rigorous selection process is the best way to identify the best — and not just in the field of sport."

The scholarships can be applied for from Nov. 15 until March 1, 2013. The program is expected to last from Sept. 2, 2013, to June 30, 2014. 


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