HSE Hosts Joint Graduation Party for HSE/FIFA/CIES Programmes Taught at Two Campuses
The Executive Programme in Sports Management is run by HSE together with FIFA/CIES and prepares sports leaders who are able to deal with the many complex problems that may arise in sports organizations today. The programme covers all sports disciplines, providing education in six key areas of sports management: organization of sports events; financial sports management; sports management; sports marketing and sponsorship; sports law; and sports communications. Every year, experts in the field are invited as leading lecturers, business instructors, and coaches in the programme. This year, they included such global stars of sports management as Ebru Koksal, Christine Morel, and Kalem Mauvois, as well as leaders of the organizing committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and top executives from the Russian Ministry of Sport.
‘Graduates in the two cities were working together as one big family’, said Aigul Kadyrbaeva, co-head of the programme in St. Petersburg and Director of the HSE Institute of Continuous Professional Education, ‘Many St. Petersburg residents used this opportunity and came for classes in Moscow, while many people from Moscow attended our classes. We felt almost no distance between the cities, and many graduation projects are a result of joint work performed by students from Moscow and St. Petersburg together’.
Roland Chavillon, manager of FIFA/CIES, also congratulated the graduates on the occasion, noting HSE’s innovative approach to education through the example of the two campuses, and also advising the graduates never to lower their professional standards.
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The graduates defended their projects before an international jury chaired by Pierre Lanfranchi, Scientific Coordinator of the International University Network CIES/FIFA and academic supervisor of the FIFA Master Programme. Andrey Vlasov, technical director of the Russian Football Union (RFU), was a member of the jury on behalf of the RFU. Roman Shirokov, sports leader of the HSE/FIFA/CIES programme in Moscow, and 2017 graduate of this programme, took his place on the jury for the first time this year.
This year’s best project was a socially important project suggested by the team from St. Petersburg, ‘Multi-functional sports and recreation complex as a foundation for preserving and developing the socio-cultural environment in small towns’. The project will represent Russia in the international FIFA/CIES project competition.
CEO and co-founder of Estadio Group, graduation project ‘Multi-functional sports and recreation complex as a foundation for preserving and developing the socio-cultural environment in small towns’
Second place was taken by a project dedicated to a new approach in designing regional football development programmes, and it has been highly rated by the professional community. Third place was shared by two projects: ‘Prospects for futsal development’ and ‘Smart social and charity system for the sports industry’.
Russian football player, head coach of FC Arsenal Tula, graduation project ‘Prospects for futsal development’
The project was supervised by Vera Kuznetsova, who accepted an invitation to become a sports leader at the HSE/FIFA/CIES programme in St. Petersburg, and aims to create a modern specialized sports and health cluster as an essential requirement for the balanced development of mass-participation sports and high performance sports. The project was rated highly not only by the international jury, but also by the Russian experts.
Director of the St. Petersburg Vasileostrovsky District Sports and Health Centre, sports leader of the HSE/FIFA/CIES programme in St. Petersburg, graduation project ‘Creating a modern specialized sports and health cluster as an essential requirement for balanced development of mass sports and high performance sports’
Two teams presented similar models of economically efficient construction and operation of stadiums in general, and management of a new stadium built for a mega sports event, through the example of the Samara Arena.
Project Manager at a sports agency, graduation project ‘Model of economically effective construction and operation of stadiums’
This Year’s Results
According to Dmitry Kuznetsov, HSE contributed a lot to preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Many people who had graduated from the programme in previous years worked in the national team management, in the World Cup Organizing Committee, and in the Organizing Committees of the hosting cities. Among the graduates whose performance at the event was outstanding, he mentioned Evgeny Savin, manager of the national football team (awarded by an Honorary Certificate from the Russian President as a result of the World Cup), Victoria Lopyreva, World Cup Ambassador and 2018 graduate of the programme, Mikhail Mossakovsky, a leading football commentator and reporter, and Nikolay Kondakov, one of the country’s best sports photographers.
In addition, as part of the CIES Championship, the alumni association of FIFA Master programme and HSE, with the support of the football union, organized the first international conference ‘Sports and the Future’, which attracted football leaders from 20 countries, as well as FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who was extremely impressed with the level of the Championship, its infrastructure and atmosphere.
As is traditional, at the end of the graduation ceremony the progamme’s best teachers were recognised. This year, they were Sergey Altukhov, Anastasia Shalimova, and Nayil Izmailov.
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