BEIRUT: The University of Notre Dame graduated the first batch of students certified by FIFA and the International Center for Sports Studies in sports management Thursday, in a ceremony sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“The university [is] among 16 countries that offer this program, which equips students with the necessary tools to become leaders in the world of sports, whether it be through participation in sports federations, clubs or other activities,” said the dean of the humanities faculty, Dr. Mary Angela Willis.
The graduation ceremony took place in Issam Fares Hall and was sponsored by the Youth and Sports Minister Brig. Gen. Abdul-Muttaleb Al-Hinawi.
According to FIFA, the sport management program was created with the aim of providing qualified students from all over the world with a comprehensive understanding of the social, economic and legal dimensions of sport.
A representative from FIFA, Vincent Mougne, said: "In order to strengthen the links between the International Center for Sports Studies and graduates of the program of sports management, we created a prize four years ago to reward the best collective work done between the partner universities,” adding that the award includes a trip to Switzerland, visits to the International Centre for Sports Studies and FIFA’s headquarters, in addition to a job laureate.
Mougne talked about a grant introduced three years ago, which allowed for former students in the FIFA program to finance their participation in the masters.
He said that, "over the years, we have succeeded in finding cooperation in the world of sports and among the members of our network. This collaboration opens up the sports world to our students, or at the very least, gives them a rewarding experience, and work is underway to strengthen these essential links.”