AISTS and the University of Tsukuba sign cooperation agreement to educate sport managers for Tokyo 2020


The AISTS (International Academy of Sports Science and Technology), one of the world’s premier Sports Administration academies, is pleased to announce the official partnership with the University of Tsukuba, one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious universities, in delivering education to Tokyo 2020 as part of their new ‘Sport for Tomorrow’ programme.

At an official signing ceremony, which took place in Tokyo on Saturday (26th July), the AISTS and the University of Tsukuba signed an agreement to work together through the delivery of education modules specifically targeting the needs of Tokyo 2020. The University of Tsukuba, the official academic partner to Tokyo 2020, has committed to using the AISTS’ expertise in preparing Tokyo 2020 for the complexity of hosting the Olympic Games by preparing sport managers across a wide range of topics.

The first of six educational modules, AISTS SEMOSTM, will be delivered in October later this year in Tokyo attracting sports managers from Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee as well as international participants.

To manage this effort, the University of Tsukuba, has created a new department, Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS), which will be managing the delivery of education programmes for Tokyo 2020. TIAS will organize a new sports management master programme and open modules for international and domestic students. With internationally renowned professors, TIAS will contribute to international development as the legacy of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We look forward to the coming years of close collaboration with the University of Tsukuba within the ‘Sport for Tomorrow’ program”, stated Professor Jan-Anders Månson, AISTS President. “The Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies is a great undertaking and the AISTS is fully committed to lending our expertise and experience in the Olympic Movement to the success of the Academy and its future participants.”

Professor Hisashi Sanada, TIAS Chairman and Professor at the University of Tsukuba, echoed Professor Månson’s sentiment, “I am glad to inform you all that Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies is established. With the fruitful collaboration with AISTS, we will promote global human resources who can lead the international sporting world for the 21st century."

This comes only weeks after the AISTS was announced as an official delivery partner of Baku 2015 Games Academy. As part of this partnership, the AISTS will deliver a 7-part monthly presentation series to Baku 2015 employees ahead of the first European Games taking place in June 2015. 

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About the AISTS

The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) was founded in 2000 by the IOC and leading Swiss institutions and universities. A not-for-profit foundation, the AISTS is committed to professionalising sports management through continuing education, applied research and an engaging platform for industry connections. Our flagship programme is the postgraduate Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology – educating aspiring sport managers from all over the world since 2003. Each year, the AISTS delivers over 900 hours of continuing education, workshops, seminars and projects, bringing together over 140 international sports experts in the sciences of Management, Technology, Law, Medicine, and Sociology  – all in the efforts of building a better world through sport.


The AISTS SEMOSTM (Sport Event Management and Organisational Seminar) offers an overview of the key tasks that sports managers need to successfully plan, communicate and operate when organising sport events. The AISTS SEMOSTM brings together leaders of International Sport Federations and other experts of the AISTS network, including the International Olympic Committee, to create a seminar that is both pertinent and practical, and recognises the increased expectations of spectators, media and sponsors at major events. The AISTS SEMOSTM was first held in 2001 in Lausanne, the Olympic Capital and attracted people from Olympic organizing committees, Olympic bid cities, international sport federations and world championships.

About TIAS

Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS) is the international sports academy to promote global human resources who can lead the international sporting world for the 21st century. As part of the project of "Sport for Tomorrow" pledged by the Japanese Government for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games on 2020, TIAS is established at the University of Tsukuba. To be based in the University whose past principal is Prof. Jigoro Kano, the 1st IOC member from Asia, TIAS will organize the master programme and open modules for international and domestic students.  With internationally renowned professors, TIAS will contribute to international development as the legacy of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.


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