9 July 2019

The EOC and the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) have selected 3 students who will benefit the scholarship of a high-level, intensive Master in Sports Administration (MSA) course for the academic year 2019-2020.

The young chosen ones are: Jakub Maly from Austria, Lana Grgic from Bosnia & Herzegovina and D. Carlos Llopis Hernández from Spain.

In January the calling for candidatures was open to the 50 NOCs of Europe. With the support of the EOC, RIOU has collected several applications within the deadline of 30 April 2019.

“We talked to all of them and were really impressed with the quality of candidates,” said Diana Pruidze, Head of International Educational Programmes at RIOU. “The University usually offers just one scholarship per academic year, but this time we are happy to give this opportunity to all three candidates.”

The course includes a one-year full-time programme, which will be held in Sochi, Russia from September 2019 to June 2020. It is designed for individuals who have higher education qualifications, leadership qualities and an ambition to develop their professional expertise and make an outstanding career in sport administration.

“It’s a great news! We warmly thank you EOC and RIOU for this valuable opportunity,” Dejana Planincic, Senior Expert Associate for Sport, International Relations and Projects at the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina stated. “The NOC is so happy for Lana, she is an amazing girl and we are all proud of her”.

The aim of the MSA is training a new generation of sports managers with the right knowledge and skills to work professionally in any economic environment. The students will learn how to effectively manage sports venues, clubs, financial and information flows in sport, and how to build appropriate marketing strategies. They will also be trained in the legal aspects of sports and research methodology.

In 2018, for the second consecutive year, the MSA has been included in the TOP 3 postgraduate sport management courses, ranked second in Europe by the influential Sport Business International magazine.

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