Partnership Agreement Signed By CIES In Abu Dhabi

A partnership agreement has been signed by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD).

This partnership’s objective is to organize the FIFA/CIES Program in sport management in the United Arab Emirates. The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), and Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) after fruitful discussions signed the partnership agreement with a goal to organize the FIFA/CIES Program in sport management, which will let students from the UAE and the surrounding region, particularly the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, to acquire fundamental tools in the field of sport management such as law, management, communication, sport event management, marketing, sponsorship, and finance. The FIFA/CIES Program will also be offering the opportunity to students to attend conferences given by international experts on various aspects of sport today.

During the press conference on January 30, CIES President Bertrand Reeb said we over more than a decade have observed the emergence of new geographical regions where sport is successfully developed and rolled out. CIES could not ignore this progress and we are very pleased today to be able to implement this important project in Abu Dhabi with two partners who are both prestigious and motivated. Professor Eric Fouache, Vice-Chancellor of PSUAD, the academic partner, remarked that this program in sport management will lend new dynamics to the higher education curriculum; in particular, it will help participating students achieve goals through the five main management functions (planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling). Pr. Fouache also explained that those who become a part of the program will benefit from top-level education and training in sport management.

Professor Eric Fouache also remarked that Sorbonne Abu Dhabi will offer students with a high-level academic program including practical case studies and this program will be featuring a number of guests who will share their experiences.

H.E. Mohamed E. Al Mahmood, Secretary General of the ADSC and project initiator, remarked that we are very proud and honored to partner with CIES and PSUAD. He added in accordance with ADSC objectives, we contribute to developing the sports sector in our country in compliance with the highest international standards. Al Mahmood added we join forces with such esteemed organizations for the purpose of creating, primarily for current and future potential managers of the sports world, a high-level program in sport management in the UAE which will combine the expertise, experience, image and support of prestigious individuals from the academic and sport world. He also said that this agreement is aimed mainly at managers in national governing bodies, clubs, associations, agencies, and industries related to the world of sport in the UAE.

The Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) is the fifteenth university to join the FIFA/CIES International University Network that already has academic partners in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, and Venezuela. The first edition of the Program organized by the Paris-Sorbonne University will start in September 2014.

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