The 2014 Dream Together Forum, Seoul was held at the Centennial Hall of College of Law, Seoul National University in Korea on Friday, November 28, 2014.
This forum was intended to provide an international platform to address the topic of ‘Sport for Global Development’ which is consistent with that of the Olympic Movement’s sport for development initiative. The forum also intended to celebrate its second year of launching the Dream Together Master Program. The Dream Together Master Program is a full scholarship graduate program funded by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism (MCST) and the Korea Foundation for the Next Generation Sports Talent (NEST) which uses the national sports promotional funds that aim to educate next generation sport administrators as a part of the national project to contribute to international sport development.
Experts from the field of sport development participated as speakers of the ‘2014 Dream Together Forum, Seoul’. They include Professor Jean-Loup Chappelet, Public Management at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP), Professor Gertrud Ursula Pfister, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sport, University of Copenhagen, Mr. Gerardo René Aguirre Oestmann, President of Guatemalan Olympic Committee, and Mr. Barry Maister ONZM, IOC member of New Zealand.
Finally, Mr. Barry Maister, who graciously agreed to join the Dream Together Forum for the second consecutive year in his continuing support for the program’s initiative, led the discussion panel with all of the forum speakers. The lively panel discussion covered a wide range of topics related to sport and global development, including the relationship between the Olympic movement and development worldwide and the future 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in regards to the national sport development.
After the conclusion of the lectures, the Dream Together Master Program held the Best Thesis Award ceremony for the class of 2015 and awarded students Ee Laine Chee (Malaysia), Isai Cruz (Guatemala) and Maria Paula Mejia Ciro (Colombia). The awards were presented by Mr. Barry Maister, Mr. Kang Young Song (Executive Chairman of the NEST foundation) and Burn Jang Lim (Emeritus Professor of Seoul National University).
More than 100 guests from around the world attended this year’s forum. The attendees were able to obtain extensive knowledge and insight regarding sport for global development.