The Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey, officially launched the FIFA/CIES management programme on 6 May 2008.

The ceremony took place in the presence of Mr Enver Yucel, President of the University, Prof. Dr. Deniz Ulke Arıbogan, Rector of the University, Mr. Senes Erzik, Member of the FIFA Executive Committee and UEFA Vice President, and
Prof. Jean-Louis Juvet, President of the CIES, who answered questions from media representatives about the programme and its objectives.

"We are delighted for Turkey to be part of the FIFA/CIES university network, which will permit us to train and educate highly-qualified sports managers," said Prof. Dr. Deniz Ulke Arıbogan.

The FIFA/CIES university network currently comprises eight members and will soon expand to other educational institutions in Central America, Asia and Oceania.

The first course at the Bahcesehir University will begin in October 2008.