STAMFORD LAUNCHES NEW SPORTS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM WITH REAL MADRID GRADUATE SCHOOL - Stamford International Universityen
On the 11th May 2016, Stamford held a ceremony marking the start of its new MBA Sports Management program in partnership with Real Madrid Graduate School.
The day began with a series of interviews between Emilio Butragueño (General Director of Real Madrid Graduate School – Universidad Europea) and the Nation Channel, Thai Rath, Thai PBS, Channel 3, and Channel 9.
This was followed by a packed press conference with speeches from Dr Andrew Scown, President of Stamford; Cristina Gonzalez, Director of Real Madrid Graduate School; Dr.Apitep Saekow, Assistant President for Academic Services; and Emilio Butragueño. The speeches discussed the importance and relevance of an MBA in Sports Management given the growth of the sports industry as a whole and Thailand in particular.
Khun Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister added: “If Thailand’s sports want to go international and be sustainable we will need management skills. We want to be the sport hub of the region and inspire people to have dreams in sport. The future is in our hands.”
Cristina Gonzalez, Director of Real Madrid Graduate School said that “the development of the sports sector depends on the development of sports professionals. We have a goal to turn passion into work. We want to provide a truly professional experience for our students.”
After the speeches, there were some introductory videos from both Stamford International University and Real Madrid Graduate School. This was followed by gift giving, photos, and the official signing of the partnership.
This is another important milestone for Stamford as it uses its global reach and industry connections to benefit its students and Thailand as a whole. Mr Butragueño stressed how sports has changed in Europe, particularly in the way the industry is run. “Sports management in Europe has changed dramatically over the last 15 years. It is now organised by professionals.” He believes that this partnership will be incredibly advantageous and that it would be “wonderful for Thailand.”
Dr Scown agreed and looks forward to seeing sport develop in Thailand thanks to programs like this. “Sports in Thailand is in a progressive development stage. It requires professional expertise in sports management to sustain the growth and continue to make it a healthy industry, where it could contribute to the economy, generate revenue and increase employment.”