Partner of CIES since 2009, the University of the West Indies (UWI) has officially launched the second edition of UWI/FIFA/CIES Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management. The courses will start in January 2011.

The Programme enables people from various professional and sporting horizons to familiarise themselves with modern management tools in key areas such as marketing, law, management, sponsorship, 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.

“I’ve been in sport my whole life as a national footballer and a coach and have always planned to further my education. This Programme came at the right time and is the right fit for me and will complement my training in Sport Adventure and Eco Tourism Management very well” declared Mauricia Nicholson, student of the first edition of the Programme. Another student, Christian Medina, added: “I see sport as a business. This Programme is the ideal starting block for me to marry my passion with my profession. I don’t intend to be just another student. I can help professionalise sport  in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean and put the right systems in place to produce the outcomes we desire.”

The International University Network created in the framework of the FIFA/CIES Programme comprises 14 universities, namely, the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires, the Universidad Santo Tomás in Santiago (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), the National University of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine in Kiev, the University King Juan Carlos in Madrid (Spain), the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas (Venezuela) and the Fundação Getulio Vargas en Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).