Partner of CIES since 2008, the National University of Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine (NUPESU) in Kiev has officially launched the 1st edition of the FIFA/CIES Programme of sport management. The courses will start on 19 October 2009.

The Programme, under the auspices of the Football Federation of Ukraine, enables people from various professional and sporting horizons to familiarise themselves with modern management tools in key areas such as marketing, law, management, communication, finances and event management. Adapted to regional and national realities, it also offers the opportunity to attend lectures given by international FIFA/CIES experts.

The International University Network created in the framework of the FIFA/CIES Programme comprises 11 universities, namely, the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires, the Universidad Santo Tomás in Santiago de Chile, the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar (Senegal), the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth (South Africa), the University of South Africa in Pretoria, the Cairo University in Egypt, the Universidad de Costa Rica in San José, the University of the West Indies in Port of Spain (Trinidad & Tobago), the Birzeit University in Ramallah (Palestine), the Bahcesehir University in Istanbul (Turkey) and the National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine in Kiev.