The Division of Global Sport Management Talent Development at Seoul National University (GSM-SNU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) on January 19, 2015 in Lausanne.
The MOU aims to encourage greater academic cooperation between the two organizations in order to contribute to the development of sport within the international community. As part of the agreement, ANOC will recommend prospective candidates from NOCs for the Dream Together Master Program and will help assist with the placement of students from the Program in careers and internships within NOCs.
Speaking following the MOU signing, ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said:
“We are very happy to have entered into this partnership with the Seoul National University. We are always looking at ways of improving our offering to the NOCs and creating a route for them to enter into further education and learn from international best practice is an excellent way of doing that.
“Many smaller NOCs will not have access to the same level of international expertise as their colleagues from larger NOCs. The Dream Together Master Program is specifically designed to target sports administrators at NOCs and National Federation of countries where sport is less well developed. Working with Seoul National University will allow ANOC to offer greater opportunities to our NOCs and equip them with the tools they need to advance the sports movement within their countries and beyond.”
Dr. Joon-ho Kang, director and professor of the Dream Together Master Program added:
“We are very excited about the opportunities that our collaborative partnership with ANOC will bring.
ANOC represents 204 NOCs worldwide and so is ideally placed to help us connect with nations around the world. We want to work with as many NOCs as possible to ensure that they are maximizing sport’s full potential to change society for the better.”
This program is a kind of platform that any entity can join to develop future leaders in sport management for public and private sectors. As one of the world-class comprehensive universities representing Asia, Seoul National University is the only institution offering Master’s and PhD degrees in sport management among the top 50 universities in the world.