In May and June of 2015, the second edition of the “TIAS & AISTS Short Programme”was co-organised by TIAS and AISTS. AISTS (International Academy of Sports Science and Technology) is a graduate school located in Lausanne, Switzerland. The University of Tsukuba concluded an agreement of collaboration with AISTS on 26 July 2014.
AISTS is a graduate school of sport management which was co-established by International Olympic Committee (IOC), IMD Business School, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, University of Geneva and Canton of Vaud in 2000. Lectures are divided into 5 disciplines; Management and Economics, Technology, Law, Sociology and Medicine. One of the characteristics of AISTS is that several disciplines can be learnt widely using the Olympic Games as a case study.
There were 2 parts to the Short Programme. The first part of the programme focused on the Japanese Olympic movement, therefore, the lectures included characteristics of Japanese culture and history. Lectures on Jigoro Kano and Japanese Martial Arts, Japanese manner and “OMOTENASHI” along with cultural experiences, as well as visiting the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and interacting with students of the Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired, University of Tsukuba were implemented.
For this Short Programme, 136 people from 57 countries applied. After the final selection, 34 people from 25 countries attended the programme. Positive opinions toward the first part of the programme were seen from the response from participants such as
“I learned about the cultural aspect of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 in depth”
“I understood Japanese culture and the spirit of “OMOTENASHI””
“Lecture on history and education were both beneficial” etc.
Many participants mentioned that they were impressed by the interaction with students of the Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired.
In the second part of the programme, specialized lectures were held on the management of the Olympic Games and mega-sports events. Participants learned from lecturers who are currently working in leading organisations of the international sporting world such as the IOC and IFs. On the final day, participants had group presentations on various themes related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The participants benefitted greatly from the feedback and comments from IOC and AISTS.
This programme came into existence in large part through support received from many concerned people. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation on this programme.
Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies
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