Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies to launch major scholarship programme for international students in 2015
GENEVA, Switzerland (December 10, 2014) – Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (hereafter TIAS) today announced that it will be launching a new scholarship programme aimed exclusively at international students.
Applications for the programme will be accepted from 23 February, 2015, and it will officially start from 1 October, 2015. The scholarship for international students will cover all university fees, as well as accommodation costs and travel fare to and from Japan.
TIAS is part of the University of Tsukuba, which has a history of involvement in the Japanese Olympic Movement stretching back over 100 years, longer than that of any other university. Now, in 2014, its standing as a center for excellence in sport education has moved up another level with the establishment of TIAS. Located nearby Tokyo, the site of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, TIAS is an ideal place for people from around the world to further their sports-related studies.
The TIAS curriculum covers the areas of a) Olympic & Paralympic Education, b) Sport Management, c) Sport Science & Medicine, d) Sport for Development & Peace, and e) Teaching, Coaching & Japanese Culture. All classes on the 18-month course are taught in English. The Academy enjoys the full backing of the Japanese government, as a key part of its “Sport for Tomorrow” initiative, for the promotion of sports and the Olympic movement.
TIAS also signed a cooperation agreement in 2014 with the IOC-founded AISTS interdisciplinary center of excellence in sport management.
Making the announcement at the International Sports Convention (ISC) in Geneva, Switzerland, at which TIAS is exhibiting, the Chairman of TIAS, Dr. Hisashi Sanada, said: “We seek new leaders who can lead tomorrow’s sporting world. This requires not just specialist abilities but a sense of mission and a deep understanding regarding the future of sport. With the 2020 Olympic Games ahead of us, we hope to recruit a wide range of people with vision, who want to study sport at this academy in Japan, and who wish to be active in the world of sport, whether that be the IOC, the IF’s in each country, or in sport businesses.”
Also present at the announcement was Ms. Tomoko Fukumi, 2009 world judo champion (48 kg) and former Olympian, who commented: “As sport develops and diversifies globally, there are many issues needing to be tackled, such as anti-doping education and improving sporting opportunities for the elderly and disabled, which call for a next generation of leaders. This can also be a great opportunity for athletes to forge a second career. I believe that this sports academy at Tsukuba University, one of Japan’s foremost sports education centers boasting leading-edge technology and facilities in the field, can become a unique institution of its kind in the world.”
*For further details on the program and how to apply, refer to: (http://tias.tsukuba.ac.jp/)
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Official comments from the Japanese government and IOC
Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan (at event to mark 50th anniversary of 1964 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games)
“Under the ‘Sport for Tomorrow’ programme promised at the IOC General Assembly in September last year, Japanese young people will go on to become leaders in sport around the world, while young people from overseas will begin to study sport at Japanese universities. Together with the IOC members and sports-related persons within Japan, I pledge that Japan will endeavor to create a better world through the ‘power of sport’, and put on an event in Tokyo in 2020 that will be remembered by people worldwide as one of the best ever.”
Hakubun Shimomura (on TIAS & AISTS Short Programme), Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
“It (TIAS) looks like such an excellent programme from a Japanese perspective that I even want to participate myself.”
Pál Schmitt, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member
“Japan is set to host the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and I strongly believe that you will enjoy a substantial advantage when it comes to being active on the world’s sporting stage by studying at TIAS, in the vicinity of where the Games are to be held. We of the IOC wish to further strengthen our ties with AISTS and TIAS, and work in any other ways possible to contribute to TIAS’s ongoing development.”
TIAS Partner Institutions: International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS), Loughborough University, Seoul National University, German Sports University Cologne, etc.