Mason Establishes Academy of International Sport with Danish University

Posted: November 7, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Edgerly

Just as the business world is becoming increasingly global, so too is the sports world. Not only are major sporting events such as the Olympics held in different locations around the globe, but athletes are traveling now more than ever to play sports outside their home country.

For those who work with these athletes or plan these sporting events, it is important to understand the role that sports play in different countries. In an effort to provide students with an opportunity to study international sport and facilitate international sport research, Mason’s Center for Sport Management is partnering with Aarhus University in Denmark to establish the Academy of International Sport.

The academy will be jointly run by John Nauright, Mason professor of sport management, and Verner Møller, Aarhus head of research and courses in sport studies.

“This partnership with Aarhus will not only focus on research about the international aspect of sport, but will provide a unique opportunity for our students to study sport in Denmark,” says Nauright.

“Mason students who travel to Aarhus will be able to intern with professional or community sports clubs in Denmark. The community sport system is slightly different there than in the U.S., and the experience will give the students a chance to understand a different approach.”

While Mason students study at Aarhus, students in the graduate program at Aarhus will be encouraged to spend a semester studying at Mason.

“Like Mason, Aarhus is a young university. Our 10-year-old sports department just recently began offering a master’s program” says Møller. “As sport in Denmark has progressed, the need for sports management is on the increase. The opportunity to partner with and study at Mason will be a huge advantage for our students.”

Møller and Nauright, who both taught at the University of Southern Denmark, will take turns teaching at the partner university. Nauright has already been appointed as a visiting professor at Aarhus, and arrangements are being made for Møller to teach a course at Mason each year.

International sport academy leaders with Danish Ambassador
From left, Klavs Madsen, head of the Department of Sport Science at Aarhus University; Verner Møller, head of the research and courses in sport studies within the Department of Sport Science at Aarhus University; Friis Arne Petersen, Danish Ambassador to the United States; and Mason’s John Nauright at the Danish Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Photo courtesy of the Danish Embassy

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