Victoria University sports students will gain behind-the-scenes access at Real Madrid Football Club through a new partnership signed this month.
The five-year deal signed with Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea will see students in selected Masters programs travel to Spain where they will be embedded at the school and have access to the club.
Victoria University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Dawkins said the partnership is a significant step in cementing VU’s position as Australia’s leading sports university.
“Most people can only dream about seeing how one of the most successful sporting clubs in the world functions from the inside and asking questions directly to its staff but that is exactly what we are offering at VU,” Professor Dawkins said.
“We pride ourselves on our expertise in sports education and strong industry links, and our newest partnership is another way we are continuing to provide world-class opportunities for our students.”
College of Sport & Exercise Science Dean, Professor Hans Westerbeek said the partnership will also bring Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea expertise directly to classes in Australia.
“Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea has some of the world’s most highly-regarded sports educators, in football especially, and this partnership will see these very people deliver lectures at VU campuses in Australia,” Professor Westerbeek said.
“This means students will learn from a strengthened teaching staff throughout the duration of their degrees, not only while they’re in Madrid.”
Legendary Real Madrid striker and now a club director, Emilio Butragueño, said VU is the first Australian University to enter into a partnership with Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea and have access to the famed sporting club.
“Real Madrid Graduate School Universidad Europea is excited about working with our first Australian partner,” Mr Butragueño said.
“Victoria University has a reputation as a leading sports university, so we are very much looking forward to learning from their staff as well as sharing our knowledge with students.”
This is an initial five-year partnership until December 2019 and applies to the Master of Sports Science (Football Performance) and Master of Sport Business and Integrity programs. Enrolments for both masters programs are still open, interested students can apply until this Friday, 20 February.
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