An international programme in English for future sports event managers

In order to provide its students with the highest level of education, UFR STAPS is now offering some courses in English. So, for the 3rd year running, the M2 MELS (Sports Events and Recreation Management) is organising an international programme. For six weeks, in October and November 2018, all Master’s courses are taught in English and open to international students.

The Master’s in Sports Events and Recreation Management (Master 2), is a specialised course in sports marketing and event management. It is ranked among the best courses in its field in France and is among the oldest and most widely recognised by the business world. Since 2016, it has been the only course to offer a six-week programme of courses entirely taught in English and welcomes students from all over the world.

This year, six students have discovered Université Paris-Sud and France. They are from Surinam, China, Kenya and even Kazakhstan and are studying at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU), with which UFR STAPS has signed a partnership agreement and an exchange programme.

From 1st October to 9th November, they joined the 2018-2019 year of M2 MELS students to learn about current developments in sports organisation and event management in sport in the broad sense, by covering all its functional aspects: organisational, logistical, sponsoring, commercial, legal and sport. During their stay, the future sports events managers also had the opportunity to visit some of the most state-of-the-art sports facilities in the Ile-de-France region, whether it be the Parc-des-Princes stadium, Stade de France, Jean-Bouin Stadium, the National Football Institute at Clairefontaine (Yvelines region) or even the National Rugby Centre at Marcoussis (Essonne region).

The international dimension is an advantage for their careers

KoHo Ng is Chinese. He is delighted to have been selected for this international programme because, “It is a very good complement to my course in Sochi. Additionally, it is great to be in Paris, which will be hosting the Olympic Games in 2024.” Generally, they all consider the courses to be excellent and are intending to apply the lessons learnt during their course in their home countries. And finally, last but not least, the six young people particularly appreciate the beauty of the Orsay campus and above all its proximity to the capital, which they have made the most of at the weekends.

They have been warmly welcomed by all the Master’s students who enjoy this openness and these multi-cultural exchanges. All are convinced that this international dimension of their course is a real advantage for their future career.

This type of international partnership is being strengthened, as is reflected in our columns by the Dean of UFR STAPS, François Cottin, who explained to us in June after his election  that he was really counting on, “increasing the number of courses in English, partnerships with foreign universities and creating short courses for an international audience. The incoming and outgoing international mobility of students and teaching staff also needs to be bolstered. By 2020, we want to be able to provide an international course only in English and to add a Master’s in Sports Management to Paris-Saclay’s provision. We are also trying to move closer to the ENS graduate school to pool some lessons. Our aim is to provide 25% of our courses in English.”

Contact: Christopher Hautbois- M2 MELS Course Leader – (christopher.hautbois @

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