Sochi gets educated

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The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) have signed a licensing agreement on the use of the logo for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Under the terms of the agreement, the RIOU will gain the right, at no cost, to use the logo of the XXII Olympic and XI Paralympic Winter Games and the emblem of the Russian Olympic Committee within the Russian Federation on those goods and services focused upon 'Education and Activity in the field of Culture and Sport'. The agreement was signed as a part of the Sochi 2014 licensing programme. The president and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, commented: The Russian International Olympic University serves as an example of the significant lasting legacy for Russia after the Games have been hosted in Sochi. RIOUs task is not only to provide professional training to sports managers, but also to help make the Olympic and Paralympic values popular and ensure that they flourish among the citizens of this country. By accepting the right to use the logo of the Games in Sochi and of the Olympic Committee of Russia, RMOU will become a fully paid–up member of the global Olympic community and one of the centres of international Olympic education. We are convinced that it will be a global forum for dialogue between international experts and cross–cultural collaboration in the field of humanitarian technologies, and sporting and educational innovations. In his turn the managing director of RIOU, professor Lev Belousov, remarked that the university would be using the most innovative methods and most progressive educational technologies in its activities RIOU will guarantee the future of the Olympiad not only through the high–class management, but also by its scientific research forum, which is called upon to safeguard and preserve the unique experience of preparing and hosting the Games in Sochi. Currently, not just in Russia but all over the world, there is a lack of qualified specialists in sports management. RIOU's task is to set up a mechanism for leading Russian and international practising specialists to pass on practical knowledge to students and to train a new generation of highly qualified sports managers in specialisms needed by the Olympic and Paralympic movement and by the international sports industry, " he added. After the agreement was signed, Lev Belousov presented Dmitry Chernyshenko with an honorary diploma as the first student of the Russian International Olympic University. The Russian International Olympic University was founded on 10 June 2009 by order of the government of the Russian Federation. Its co–founders are: The Russian Federation represented by the Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation, the Olympic Committee of Russia and a project investor – holding company Interros. RIOU is involved in teaching, research and training programs. In September 2010, employees of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee began training at RIOU. Nine study programmes have been launched, in which more than 200 specialists have taken part. A mass recruitment of students for RIOU is planned for 2013. Courses will consist of programmes at postgraduate higher education level (analogous to the MBA and Executive MBA), and programmes for additional professional education. The teaching staff includes renowned academics, international practising managers, and distinguished Olympic athletes.

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