Thirty-two carefully selected international postgraduate students were welcomed by CIES Director Prof. Denis Oswald, General Secretary Mr Vincent Schatzmann, Scientific Directors from the three partner universities and course alumni representatives during a special ceremony held at De Montfort University’s Trinity Chapel.

For the past fifteen years the FIFA Master has been a training ground for future managers in international sport business and is now firmly established as one of the leading sports management degree courses in the world.

The new 2015-16 class will be based in England at De Montfort University’s renowned International Centre for Sports History and Culture as they complete the Humanities of Sport module. In the New Year the class will then move to Italy to begin their studies in Sports Management at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan before moving to Switzerland for the final Sports Law module at the University of Neuchâtel Law Faculty.

The FIFA Master, which is coordinated by the Centre International d’Etude du Sport (CIES) and endorsed by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), has been ranked the leading postgraduate sports management course in Europe by the global SportsBusiness International course rankings in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. It was also named the top course in the world in 2014.

In addition to gathering a wide range of sports industry experts and renowned academics, the intensive programme will include field visits to some of the biggest names in world sport.

With over 90 per cent of course graduates now working in sport and for organisations that include the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA), the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC), FC Juventus, FC Barcelona and the Sauber Formula 1 Team, the impact of the FIFA Master reaches across all continents and all sports.

The CIES, De Montfort University, SDA Bocconi School of Management and the University of Neuchâtel congratulate all thirty-two members of the new class on gaining a place on the programme and wish them every success as they continue their studies.