The Fundacão Getulio Vargas (FGV) and CIES signed last week a partnership contract with a view to organising the FIFA/CIES Sports Management Programme in Brazil as from 2011.

FGV, which is one of the most renowned Brazilian academic institutions for teaching, research, data processing, and consultancy, becomes the 14th partner of the FIFA/CIES International University Network. Thanks to its 'FGV Online Portal', FGV will offer the Programme throughout the whole Brazilian territory where it has many branch offices and partners.

“It is very gratifying to be able to offer a course that will not only allow us to improve the management of sport but also our country, which is one of our key objectives”, explained Prof. Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, President of FGV. Ricardo Terra Teixeira, President of the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) and member of the FIFA Executive Committee further commented that: “The support of CBF has been motivated amongst other things by the will to have the FIFA World Cup 2014 leave a legacy in Brazil. The education of sports managers will be part of it.”

FGV was founded in 1944. Its mission embodies advancing the limits of knowledge in the field of social sciences and other related areas by promoting the emergence and transmission of ideas, data and information in order to consolidate and systematise them, so that they can be used to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country, the improvement of the national ethical standards, the emergence of a responsible and shared governance as well as to the inclusion of the country within the international community.