Olympians reap benefits of postgraduate programme
7 | 5 | 2014
Since it was founded by the International Olympic Committee and other leading institutions and universities in 2000, the AISTS (International Academy for Sports Science and Technology), a unique 14 month international postgraduate programme in sports management, has graduated seven Olympic athletes, including an Olympic Gold Medallist, a two-time Silver Medallist and a Bronze medallist.
Located in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Masters Programme aims to take advantage of the 60 sports federations and organisations based in the region by adopting a multi-disciplinary approach encompassing Sports Medicine, Law, Technology, Sociology and Economics and Management.
In the current 2014 edition, the AISTS MSA class of 41 participants includes four Olympians. They are as diverse as their fellow peers: an Athletics Gold Medallist from Nigeria, a decathlete from Slovakia, a swimmer from Bahrain and a cross-country skier from Greece.
Olympic athletes who have graduated from the Masters have gone on to carve successful careers in the sport industry, working with and for Olympic Games Organising Committees, International Sports Federations, National Olympic Associations and humanitarian NGOs such as the World Health Organisation.
Others, like recent graduate and pro windsurfer, Toni Wilhelm, continue to train for the upcoming Summer Olympics.
AISTS Athlete Scholarship
To encourage both young and former athletes to develop expertise, skills and knowledge in sports management, the AISTS has developed a scholarship specifcally aimed at current and past professional athletes who have competed at an international level. This scholarship helps to fund half the tuition fee of one athlete enrolled in the programme.
Speaking about the scholarship, Dr Claude Stricker, AISTS Executive Director, said: “The AISTS Athlete Scholarship gives us the opportunity to support Olympians and professional athletes during and beyond their sporting career. But also importantly, as sports managers, we firmly believe that athletes should always be at the focus of what we do. That’s why it’s so valuable to have the athlete perspective within the classroom.”
Snapshot of AISTS MSA Olympic Graduates & Participants
|Graduate / Participant||Discipline||Country||AISTS MSA edition|
|Maria Ntanou||Cross-Country Skiing||Greece||2014|
|Kamila Hajkova||Figure Skating||Czech Republic||2013|
|Olivia Aya Nakitanda||Swimming||Uganda||2013|
|So Hee Kim||Speed Skating||South Korea||2008|