POSTED: January 19th 2015
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ANOC teams up with Seoul National University promoting education

(L to R) ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and Dr. Joon-ho Kang, Director and professor of the Dream Together Master Programme and Global Sport Management Graduate Programme / ANOC
(L to R) ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and Dr. Joon-ho Kang, Director and professor of the Dream Together Master Programme and Global Sport Management Graduate Programme / ANOC

BRITTA WARNER / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) In a move to provide customised education in sport management for future NOC administrators, the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Seoul National University. The ceremony took place at the side lines of the ANOC Executive Council Meeting, held for the first time at the organisation’s new headquarters in Lausanne.

The MOU aims to encourage greater academic cooperation between the two organisations in order to contribute to the development of sport within the international community. As part of the agreement, ANOC will recommend prospective candidates from NOCs of all continents for the “Dream Together Master Programme” and will help assist with the placement of the students in careers and internships within NOCs. Taught by internationally recognised professors, the Master Programme provides world-class education across a variety of topics including sport humanities, organisation and governance, marketing, the Olympic Movement and international sport development.

Speaking following the MOU signing, ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said: “We are very happy to have entered into this partnership with the Seoul National University. We are always looking at ways of improving our offering to the NOCs and creating a route for them to enter into further education and learn from international best practice is an excellent way of doing that.”

 He added: “Many smaller NOCs will not have access to the same level of international expertise as their colleagues from larger NOCs. The Dream Together Master Programme is specifically designed to target sports administrators at NOCs and National Federation of countries where sport is less well developed. Working with Seoul National University will allow ANOC to offer greater opportunities to our NOCs and equip them with the tools they need to advance the sports movement within their countries and beyond.”

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah also explained that the programme is supposed to run long-term and is not linked to any specific edition of the Olympic Games.

Dr. Joon-ho Kang, Director and professor of the Dream Together Master Programme and Global Sport Management Graduate Programme added: “We are very excited about the opportunities that our collaborative partnership with ANOC will bring. ANOC represents 204 NOCs worldwide and so is ideally placed to help us connect with nations around the world. We want to work with as many NOCs as possible to ensure that they are maximising sport’s full potential to change society for the better.”

He also said: “This programme is a kind of platform that any entity can join to develop future leaders in sport management for public and private sectors. As one of the world-class comprehensive universities representing Asia, Seoul National University is the only institution offering Master's and PhD degrees in sport management among the top 50 universities in the world.”

In another educational initiative, ANOC will work with the South Korean company and Olympic TOP Partner Samsung to help place a number of retired athletes in the company’s branches around the world who will then be offered the opportunity to apply the skills they have developed during their sporting careers in their new working environments. 50 posts within Samsung will be reserved for this purpose.

** BRITTA WARNER has more than ten years’ experience in the communications sector and international sports. After having worked for more than seven years and at four Olympic Games for the International Olympic Committee’s Communications Department, she recently set up her own communications agency.




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