Record number of students for the University of Cairo

The University of Cairo, a CIES partner since 2007, officially opened the 4th edition of the FIFA/CIES Programme during a very cordial ceremony held on 17 October. More than 30 students will attend the courses broken down into 3 intensive curriculum blocks until July 2012.

The 33 students brought together in a classroom at the commerce faculty of the University of Cairo hail not only from Egypt, but also from six other countries, namely Qatar, Sudan, Nigeria, Syria, Palestine and Bahrain. This geographical diversity proves the excellent promotional work undertaken by the FIFA/CIES Programme Managers and the very positive reputation the Programme has in Africa and the Middle East. There are also three female students among the inductees, including a journalist from Qatar and a seasoned football player who is the first woman to train a men's side in Egypt. Moreover, in compliance with the CIES objective of openness, representatives of sports other than football will attend the courses.

CIES President Bertrand Reeb emphasized that the FIFA/CIES Programme offers not only theoretical knowledge of sports management, but is also rooted in local realities, with a focus on practical cases. Moreover, the Programme is a breeding ground for different professional and sports profiles allowing exchange of experience and consolidation of networks. The CIES President also mentioned the objective of CIES to develop the feeling of belonging to the International University Network, as shown by the "Network Award" (competition aimed at rewarding the best group work within the partner universities) or the creation of the "Network Scholarship" (special scholarship set aside for a Programme alumnus to allow him/her to attend the FIFA Master). And there are other projects underway…