Promoting sustainable peace involves teaching, learning and transmitting a set of values that help transcend political, social, racial and religious differences that, today, are often at the origin of conflicts.
It is crucial in complex environments to keep a pragmatic approach and act at the heart of vulnerable communities where tensions are latent, peace is fragile and social cohesion is weak.
In order to be effective, international organizations, governments, and the world´s decision-makers need to develop innovative strategies and deploy means that are inspiring to tackle social issues whilst adequately meeting the needs of specific local environments.
Sport represents an appropriate response to these requirements as it is a universal language based on a unique set of rules. As such, sport can be used as a catalyst for dialogue, brotherhood and respect, and enables fostering peace at two levels:
The Master in Sustainable Peace through Sport (MSPS) has been designed with the contribution of individuals and experts from the worlds of peace, sport and academia. This innovative program will lead to the genesis of a body of "Engineers of Peace through Sport" capable of making peace through sport become a reality.
Peace and Sport, L'Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport, is:
The University for Peace:
LMr. Merhawi Keflezighi, Founder of HAWI Sports Management LLC, helps athletes' dreams come true (especially long distance runners). Mr. Keflezighi indicates that he seeks recruits and interns that enjoy qualities such as hardworking, organized, inquisitive and team worker.
Mr. Keflezighi was pleased to find these qualities in Mr. Tsegezeab Hagos (MA in Sustainable Peace through Sport) who helped the firm develop its services in Eritrea.
Tony Gatheca, CEO of Transcend Media Group, a full service integrated communications agency based in Nairobi (Kenya), seeks intelligent, passionate team players who can work with minimal supervision to impact the organizational output.
Mr Gatheca found these qualities in Ms. Lin Sambili (MA in Sustainable Peace through Sport) who was project Manager for the Charity Cup and over the six months period she worked with the firm, she steered the project to its successful conclusion by coordinating all elements and partners that were required.
1) understand the forces that influence the fast-evolving multibillion dollar sports industry,
2) develop concrete managerial skills and competencies, and
3) acquire sports-related skills necessary to take on various career opportunities in this industry.
Core courses focus on the theoretical and functional keystones of the sports industry, such as communication, operations, accounting and financial management, and the legal environment. As such, core courses include Fundamentals of Financial and Managerial Accounting, Public Relations, International Marketing, Organizational Psychology, Management and Leadership, and Project Management.
On successful completion of the core courses, master students will choose specialized courses to further develop key topics, aspects, or functions of the sports industry. This allows participants to relate certain theoretical aspects of the curriculum to real-world issues and better shape future career goals and directions.
The Foundation Course, Practices of Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, Peace Education Theory and Practice, Gender and Human Trafficking, Sports Pedagogy and Coaching, International Organizations and NGOs, Sports Marketing, Sports International Governance and Organizations, Sport Project Management, Sports Olympism and Contemporary Issues, Principles of Sports Law, and Sports Events and Venue Management.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and subject to change
The course provides an overview of the diverse perspectives in the field of environmental security and peace, and introduces students to the variety of natural and human-induced environmental changes currently affecting humanity. This course will also prepare students for more intensive explorations of aspects of environmental security in other courses in this program.
This course critically examines the potential role and use of sport as a local and global tool for conflict prevention, social transformation, community development and peace building. With a strong developmental and cross-cultural emphasis, the course aims at promoting an educational process which will generate greater awareness and understanding of the opportunities and complexities of using sport as a vehicle for such developmental and peace building efforts.
The course takes a participatory and very practical, “hands on” approach to Peace Education at work in formal, nonformal and informal settings. Building upon the theoretical background developed in previous courses, and the critical analysis of educational techniques, resources and materials to be addressed along the course, students will be guided into a process of learning-by-doing peace building projects.
This course is an introductory skill-building course in negotiation, conflict management and resolution. Participants learn to improve their own negotiation skills, helping them to act consciously and skillfully in tough situations.
The course introduces students to various topics including the role of state in sport, the rise of the sport betting industry, the evolution of sports law and the use of drugs.
The course is structured in two modules. Event management encompasses the organizational and strategic planning of special events, HR management, event administration, advertising and event logistics. Facility management involves legal and administrative planning, risk management, compulsory competitive tendering, marketing and financial planning. In addition, the course overviews specific management issues in relation to seasonal sports such as winter sports and water sports.
The course overviews i) the strategies of instruction or styles of instruction in the context of sports and ii) the role of a coach as an individual involves in the direction, instruction and training of the operations of a sports team or of individuals. Coaching involves both the physical and mental development of trainees and requires as well an understanding of principles of human anatomy and physiology, planning training sessions, monitoring of progress, nutrition, basic treatment of pathology and recovery techniques.
At the end of the academic year, students will have the opportunity to engage in a six-month internship and get professionally immersed into local, non-governmental, governmental, or international private organizations.
Peace and Sport, UPEACE, IUM and the INSEEC Group have separately developed extended networks that together represent for students invaluable resources for both personal development and career advancement. Alternatively, students may complete a research thesis (on a subject that matches the student's career interests or one of the program partners) during which they work under the guidance of an academic advisor. An applied project allows a student to address a specific question, assignment, or project for which an organization needs specific answers.
In addition, throughout the academic year, students work in partnership with the Career Services Office as part of IUM's commitment to helping each student realize his/her career potential. These activities include training for résumé enhancement, marketing techniques, mock interviews, or personal assessment. Career events and services include in particular the Career Days and the preparation and publication of CV books for hundreds of recruiting firms and partners.
Mrs. Dina Rodriguez is the former Associate Vice Rector and Head of Department of Distance Education at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace, whose main campus is located in San Jose (Costa Rica). In her role, Mrs. Rodriguez could coordinate all aspects of curriculum, course content, credits and calendar relating to the MA in Sustainable Peace through Sport.
She closely worked with professors and moderators to design courses and permanently discussed with each student when they were at UPEACE campus and kept control of their academic and logistical issues. Lastly, Mrs. Rodriguez explained that when coming to UPEACE, students should be aware they will be meeting an interesting group of students and professors coming from more than 50 nationalities. The learning experience is unique and very rich.
The various guest lectures, career seminars and events organized by IUM or Peace and Sport are invaluable opportunities enabling students to meet and interact with experts of the world of sport, encompassing both the not-for-profit and the for-profit sectors. Indeed, the MA in Sustainable Peace through Sport, because of its design, allows graduates to consider a wide range of career opportunities in these two sectors.
The Master in Sustainable Peace through Sport offers graduates a wide range of career opportunities in the world of sport, peace education and in public and private sectors. After having successfully completed the Master program, "Engineers for Peace through Sport" will have the skills and competencies to implement concrete and adequate actions to promote sustainable peace through sport.
Graduates will acquire a broad range of skills that will enable them to apply for various positions such as:
Graduates will be able to apply for vacancies at the various institutions:
Deciding to attend the International University of Monaco (IUM) for my Masters Degree in Sustainable Peace through Sport was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Being the first of its kind, the programme offered a wide array of fundamental courses that broadened my knowledge and understanding of the unique role sports plays towards the development and continuity of peace.
Moreover, the multicultural setting of the programme ensured that students from all around the world interacted and shared their various perspectives on peace through sport. I gained lifelong friends and contacts from my time at IUM and know that it was a great investment both for my professional and personal life.