Russian International Olympic University inaugurated in Sochi
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(SFC) Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov and International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission Chairman for Sochi 2014 Jean-Claude Killy attended the inauguration ceremony of the Russian International Olympic University in Sochi Monday.
First established in 2009, the University will educate a new generation of sports managers in strategic and operational skills to manage organisations, facilities, and events around the world. Five hundred students can be housed at the University’s Sochi seaport location, with 2,000 graduates expected annually.
“The Olympic family has no boundaries, and RIOU’s creation is a perfect example of this,” Russian International Olympic University Rector Professor Lev Belousov said. “Building a university from nothing has not been an easy task, but we have accomplished it. Our goal is to train the next generation of sports leaders by drawing on the vast Olympic knowledge and experience that RIOU’s professors, visiting experts and the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee possess.
“I am delighted that so many sport leaders have been able to attend the campus inauguration today. To me it feels like the Opening Ceremony of an Olympic or Paralympic Games, which I hope many of our students will take leading roles in organising in the future.
The Russian International Olympic University’s flagship course, Master of Sport Administration, is taught by leading Russian and foreign experts. Twenty-seven students from 14 countries, including Russia, Uganda, Armenia, India, the Republic of Korea, and Brazil, will take the course, with most students representing National Olympic Committees or other facets of the sport industry.
Students such as Olympic swimmer Otylia Jedrzejczak of Poland were awarded scholarships for the course’s first year by the Vladimir Potanin Foundation.
“This is a great day for sport in Russia and for the Olympic Movement in general,” Interros Chairman and Russian International Olympic University investor Vladimir Potanin said. “It has been a lot of hard work to get the university ready in just four year but I am certain that it will pay off and I look forward to helping RIOU become a globally recognised training centre for specialists in sport management.
“The MSA course is about to start and I wish all of the Vladimir Potanin Foundation scholars the very best of luck with their studies. They have been awarded scholarships because of their commitment to sport and their talents are exceptional. I have no doubt they will go on to become excellent sports management leaders.”
“RIOU’s state-of-the-art campus, which meets all environmental requirements, is a clear example of Sochi’s Olympic legacy,” Sochi 2014 Organising Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko said. “The RIOU building has become the first Olympic venue to receive the BREEAM international environmental certificate. The University’s Olympic education programme will produce a new constellation of professional sport managers equipped with the right knowledge to stage major sport events. They will become not only top class specialists, but ambassadors of Olympic and Paralympic ideals and values as well.”
Microsoft will provide the Russian International Olympic University with up-to-date IT infrastructure after signing an Agreement on Cooperation with the University. The University also finalised an agreement with Coventry University.
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