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The demand for sports managers is great

7-8 (2010)
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The Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) will become the first-ever high school, where the Olympic and sports business educations will be connected, has told the general director of RIOU Lev Belousov in his exclusive interview to the «Olympic Reporter».

— The theme of RIOU is discussed at every event with the participation of Organizing committee «Sochi-2014», the IO C actively promotes this idea. Still, what was the purpose of founding of the university?

— First of all it will be coaching personnell for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi. After the Olympic Games preparation of skilled experts in the field of sports management and sports industry becomes RIOU foreground area.

— How the teaching staff, called to provide high standards of education in the «Russian sports Harward» will be selected?

— There will teach the leading world and Russian experts in the field of sports management, Olympic and Paralympic movements, and also well-known sportsmen-Olympians. About 60% from them will work permanently, the others we will be invited for fee.

— What are the main areas of preparation of sports managers in RIOU? Whether the cost of training on the basis of program Master of Sport Administration would correspond to world practice?

— Three levels of programs are planned in RIOU: short-term courses of advanced training program, base MSA (Master of Sport Administration) program, and the program for top-managers ExMSA. It is supposed that training cost in RIOU will approximately correspond to similar world business schools, however it will include the residing cost.

— 2016 is planned to be the break-even point for the university. What makes the business component of the project? What is the social mission of the «Interros» company, investing into RIOU project?

— The university will reach break-even point not earlier than in 2016. It is supposed that by this moment the tuition fee and consulting services, and also the endowment fund proceeds would become the main source of income.

—Are there RIOU analogs, high schools forming sports administrative elite in other countries?

— The educational institutions with similar programs work in most countries of Europe, in the USA and Canada. The most advanced programs are developed in Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Germany. However, there is no business school in the world, where sports management would be taught considering the specificity of the Olympic Games.

The basic landmarks of the Russian International Olympic University

August, 2008. At the opening of XXIX summer Olympic Games in Beijing the IOC, ROC and Organizing committee «Sochi-2014» signed the tripartite memorandum about RIOU foundation.

June, 2009. RIOU is officially founded by Organizing committee «Sochi-2014», the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation, ROC and «Interros» company — the main investor of new high school.

September, 2010. RIOU Started training of Organizing committee «Sochi-2014» employees.

The file. Lev Belousov

Was born on April, 19th, 1955 in Moscow. In 1979 graduated from historical faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 1983 defended the candidate's thesis. In 1983-1998 — the teacher and the senior lecturer of historical faculty of the Moscow State University. In 199 9 defended the doctor's degree thesis on theme «Functioning of totalitarian syStems in the XX-th century». From 1999 to 2008 — the professor of historical faculty of the Moscow State University. From 2000 till now — the head of Department of the International programs of «Interros» company. From September, 2010 — director general of the Russian International Olympic university.


Author: Sergey Semyonov