The Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) awarded the first CIES/FIFA sports management course certificates during a ceremony held in Dakar on Wednesday 12th November.

48 students (of whom three are female) thereby received the fruit of their six-month studies in the fields of marketing, finance, law, general management, communication and event management.

In presence of 200 guests, Mr. Moustapha Sourang, Minister of Education, stressed the importance of the partnership between UCAD and CIES under the auspices of FIFA: "We are proud of this collaboration, which means so much for Senegal and the whole African continent".

On his side, Mr. Abdou Salam Sall, Chancellor of UCAD, hoped for strengthened links between his university and CIES and for a development of joint projects.

About fifty students - the proportion of female vastly increased - will take part in the second edition of the course, which runs till June 2008.