8 February 2018

Start of the Global Master’s Programme 'Sport for Development'

Global Sports Master Start

The cutting of a gigantic cake on Monday 5 February marked the start of the Global Master’s Programme Sport for Development  in the presence of Prof. Cora Burnett of the  University of Johannesburg, Prof. Yasushi Honda the University of Tsukuba and Prof. Maarten van Bottenburg of the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG).

The Global Master’s Programme Sport for Development is an international honours programme, in which eleven students participate this year. They met each other for the first time in Utrecht. Following the official opening, there were lectures by delegates of the participating universities and afterwards the students started with their programme.

Global Sports Master Start class

Educating future global sport leaders and global citizens

The Global Master’s Programme Sport for Development programme aims at educating the future global sport leaders and global citizens, who can give way to the contribution of (international) sport organizations to societal transformation, from a critical and practical perspective. Not only through knowledge about the local, regional and global social issues, knowledge about the meaning of sport in various contexts, knowledge about governance and management of (international) sport organizations but also with academic leadership and management skills.

The Utrecht University programme in February will offer a variety of lectures on relevant themes, practical skills labs such as intercultural communication, field visits to several sport organizations and a number of reflection workshops.

Johannesburg, Tsukuba and Utrecht

USG is proud of this unique honours programme together with the University of Tsukuba and the University of Johannesburg and is looking forward to an inspiring first month in Utrecht. The programme is a collaboration of the University van Johannesburg, the University of Tsukuba and Utrecht University – as part of the alliance with TU/e and UMCU. The students are participating in a master’s programme in South-Africa, Japan and the Netherlands (the Utrecht University Master’s programme Sportmanagement and Sportpolicy). The programme consists of three four-week country visits, of which this course in Utrecht (in February) is the first one. After that, the students will follow a course in Japan (July/August 2018) and South Africa (February/March 2019).

Symposium: 1 March 2018

On Thursday 1 March, starting from 2 p.m. students will present their most important views and recommendations for Dutch Sports for development activities during a symposium.