MAiSI – training professionals in sports integrity

Sport provides millions of people with direct physical benefits if they practise it, and hours of pleasure and excitement if they are a spectator. Sadly, however, organised sport – from local amateur sports to the highest professional level – can be plagued by discrimination, abuse, and practices such as doping and match-fixing. Learn more about a new Masters programme preparing sport professionals to confront these issues.

Erasmus+ supports sport initiatives in all areas of the programme – including in higher education. The Erasmus Mundus MA in Sports Ethics and Integrity (MAiSI) is a new Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme that will train professionals with a solid and full-ranging understanding of common sport problems and of ways of confronting them.

The degree has developed a unique multi-disciplinary approach to train graduates with specific expertise in the area or sports integrity. ‘No single university can bring together this collection of multi-disciplinary expertise in a course’ explains course coordinator Professor Michael McNamee of the University of Swansea, UK, ‘and this is reflected in our consortium and the journey a student takes during their studies as part of the compulsory curriculum.’

Taught across 6 countries, the programme is in high demand. Sports organisations, large leagues and professional associations are crying out for this professional expertise and many employ an integrity officer to deal with it. But they need to be sure that people have the full range of knowledge for this demanding role.

With an International Advisory Board made up of key figures from sports politics and organisations, MAisI offers a unique curriculum: starting in Swansea, students first receive a solid grounding in integrity, ethics and anti-doping; they then go on to Leuven to focus on disability and discrimination issues. Students get the chance to attend a summer school at the International Olympic Academy in Greece. Taught by leading sport scholars from around the world, MAisI graduates have the tools to tackle real problems in the world of sports.

The first 16 scholarship-winners were chosen from around 100 applicants and arrive in Swansea in September 2017 from a wide range of countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. This autumn, MAiSI will start the application process for the second intake of students in 2018, along with 79 other Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees. Do not miss out on these opportunities!


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