RIOU became closer to the ROC

The new Moscow office of the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) was opened on Monday in the building of the Russian Olympic Committee on the Luzhnetskaya Naberejnaya. President of the ROC Alexander Zhukov, Rector of RIOU Lev Belousov and Norilsk Nickel Project Office Director Yana Grib cut the ribbon at the opening of the educational institution branch. The University is located in Sochi.

– The idea of creating the RIOU appeared when we planned to host the Olympic Games in Sochi, and the then-President of the IOC Jacques Rogge took part in the Foundation stone laying ceremony, Alexander Zhukov reminded. The project has become very successful, because international Olympic sports managers are in demand all over the world. Every year the ROC expands the collaboration with that institution. Previously, mainly athletes who had finished their careers, and foreigners studied in this institute, but now our sports managers and representatives of regional Olympic councils are improving their skills in it.

– We have made a step forward to become closer to our founders, said Lev Belousov.  Distance is important for us. Now we have found another home where sports federations are available not only by email. The ROC administration is getting closer. This is a synergy that gives us the opportunity for further development, to better understand the goals of the Russian Olympic Committee in terms of staff training, and to offer programs that meet their needs.

Our project is a great example of synergy, cooperation between the state, education, sports and business, aimed at youth support, Yana Grib said. – As a result, it is a contribution to the future of the country. Such projects allow become one large team, the team of Russia.

During the presentation, RIOU Rector Lev Belousov said that in the University the teaching  is offered in both Russian and English; and lecturers from 10 countries work there. High-level IOC staff and heads of international sports federations, as well as well-known Russian sports managers, who are familiar with the realities of our country, are involved in lectures. During the four years of the Olympic University’s existence, citizens of about 50 countries have been trained there.