Since 2013, the Chair of Sports and Health Economics has been running international sport management summer schools in Germany and abroad. During this time, more than 200 students and graduates from Russia, the USA, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Vietnam, Georgia and Italy have taken part in the project.
The basic aim of the summer schools is to bring together outstanding international students and doctoral candidates from sports science and other relevant disciplines in order to impart the latest and innovative research findings on all aspects of sports economics and sports management. In addition to professional training, the summer schools should contribute to improving the intercultural qualifications of the participants and give them the ability to communicate in an international, subject-specific context.
This project at the University of Jena is also attracting a great deal of attention from the general public. Numerous detailed reports and interviews with the lecturers and organizers in the international specialist press contributed to this (e.g. link to the report by the Moscow German newspaper).
DAAD summer shool in Moscow (Russia): 2013
From 19.08. to 01.09.2013, the first international sports management summer school took place in the Russian capital. This event, sponsored by the DAAD, was organised by the Chair of Sports Management and Health Economics (University of Jena) in cooperation with the Financial University of the Government of the Russian Federation (Moscow). Two weeks of summer school turned into an unforgettable event for both the participants and the lecturers. A total of 22 business and economics students and graduates from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Vietnam took part.
The programme of the summer school consisted of several components that were coordinated in terms of content: On the one hand, courses were offered that consisted of theoretical lectures and practical exercises. These lectures and practical seminars were held by an international team of lecturers consisting of leading scientists from various German and Russian universities. In addition, there were exciting lectures from the current practice of Russian sports management. The highlights include, for example, lectures by well-known experts such as Alexander Dzhordzhadze (Head of the Organising Committee FIFA World Cup 2018), Anatoliy Vorobiev (General Secretary of the Russian Football Association RFS) and Valentin Balakhnichev (President of the Russian Athletics Association).
In addition to the theoretical content and practical exercises, the summer school also included numerous excursions to sports organisations in Moscow and the Moscow region (e.g. National Olympic Committee of Russia, FC Lokomotiv Moscow, Arena Khimki, Olympic Stadium Luzhniki, etc.). In addition, a cultural program with a focus on “Germany” was offered to the participants in the summer school. The highlights of this program were the excursion to the German embassy and the visit to the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce Abroad.
Summer schools in Jena: 2014 & 2015
In May 2014 and 2015, a total of 14 students from Niagara University in Lewinston (New York, USA), accompanied by Dr. Rachel Madsen took part in the Jena Summer School. This gave them a comprehensive insight into the various areas of sports management in Germany. After several days in Jena, during which the students attended theoretical courses, witnessed a football game and visited local attractions, they drove on to Berlin and Frankfurt in 2014 and to Nuremberg, Munich and Frankfurt (in 2015), where more sporting, cultural and historical sites were visited.
The highlights of the summer schools include the following stops in the excursion program: Olympiastadion Berlin, Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt, German Olympic Sports Confederation, lecture on personnel development at Adidas, visit to the office of the "Füchse Berlin" (handball club), Olympic stadium in Munich and Allianz-Arena in Munich . The cultural program also included a bike tour and hike through Jena, a city tour through Erfurt and Segway tour through the old town of Nuremberg, a dinner in a real beer brewery, visits to the Berlin Wall and the German Bundestag and much more.
DAAD summer schools in Chelyabinsk (Russia): 2015, 2016 & 2017
The Chair of Sports Economics and Health Economics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena realized the project of the international summer school in cooperation with the State University for Physical Culture of the Ural region in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The project was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). A total of 90 participants from Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine took part in the two-week educational project.
As part of the summer schools in Chelyabinsk, the participants received extensive knowledge in the field of sports management, sports marketing and sports economics under the direction of an international team of lecturers. As part of these three point of focus, topics were dealt with, which on the one hand impart basic knowledge and on the other hand are characterised by a high degree of topicality in science and practice. In addition to the theoretical content, numerous excursions to the most important sports facilities in the Ural region were carried out. For example, the delegation from the summer schools dealt with special management issues as part of the guided tours in the "Traktor" ice sports arena, the "Rifej" equestrian center, the Olympic judo base and the sports school of the Olympic Reserve Taekwondo "Koreo".
Lecturers from Germany and Russia led the teaching process. From the German side, the following lecturers were present in Chelyabinsk: Prof. Dr. Frank Daumann (University of Jena), Prof. Markus Breuer (SRH University in Heidelberg), Prof. Dr. Peter Thuy (Bad Honnef International University) and Prof. Dr. Christoph Rasche (University of Potsdam). Some of the teaching units were also given by Russian speakers. Two lecturers from the State University of Physical Culture of the Ural region, Efim Zhidelev and Maksim Karpov, were involved. Furthermore, there were special practical lectures by Russian sports managers: Kristina Putilova, Olga Schreiber (both HK Traktor) and Elena Kolossova (2015 WTF World Taekwondo Championships). In addition, Kora Maurer, lecturer at the DAAD in the Ural region, presented Germany as a location for education and research as well as the activities and scholarship programmes of the DAAD in a separate event.
An exciting cultural programme was also offered for the participants in the summer schools. Several guided tours to the places of German history in Chelyabinsk were carried out. Furthermore, the programme included visits to several museums: the Ice Skating Museum, the Olympic Glory Museum and the Museum of Local History, where the famous Chelyabinsk meteorite is exhibited. In addition, when visiting some sports facilities, participants also got to know curling and ride horses. The special events also included getting to know ethno-national sports in the Ural region and visiting the opening game of the Continental Ice Hockey League, which took place in Chelyabinsk in one of the most modern sports arenas in Russia.
DAAD summer schools in Kazan (Russia): 2018 & 2019
In Kazan (Russia), where the 2018 World Cup came to an unexpected end for the German national team, the project of the summer school "Sports Economics & Management" of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in cooperation with the Sports University of the Volga Region in Kazan (Russia) was realised in 2018 and 2019. As with the other summer schools in Russia, the summer schools in Kazan were funded by our long-term partner, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. A total of 60 students from numerous Russian cities as well as Azerbaijan and Italy took part.
Many new topics such as sports betting, digitalisation in sports and economic analysis of the fitness market with exciting practical tasks were on the program of the summer school. Numerous specialist excursions were of great importance. As part of the summer schools after the courses, numerous exciting sports objects were viewed: the football stadium of the World Cup 2018 "Kazan Arena", rowing and swimming center of Kazan, ice sports arena "Zilant", tennis academy of Kazan, gymnastics association of the Republic of Tatarstan, badminton and gymnastics centres, the office of WorldSkills Kazan 2019, Red Bull Air Race and many others.
The summer schools didn't take a break on weekends either. In addition to exciting teaching units, day excursions were carried out. One of them was the visit to Innopolis. This city was only recently founded in 2012 with a strong IT orientation and is a special economic zone in Russia. It is known as “Russia's Silicon Valley” and is home to many modern sports facilities and sports startups. In addition, the participants spent an entertaining evening in the German bakery in Kazan. As part of a baking course, they got to know German food culture in an informal atmosphere.