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Over the last few years UEFA has engaged increasingly with the academic community by establishing a series of initiatives that continue to give various concrete benefits to UEFA and European football. Three main pillars have been fostered.

Developed in close cooperation between UEFA, renowned universities and academic experts, UEFA's three-stage personal development programme is tailor-made to fulfil the needs of the staff of UEFA's 54 member associations.

The UEFA Certificate in Football Management (UEFA CFM – 16 ECTS [European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System] credits) and the UEFA Diploma in Football Management (UEFA DFM – 30 ECTS credits) provide learners with advanced and up-to-date techniques in football management. These courses are followed by the Executive Master in European Sport Governance (MESGO – 60 ECTS credits), a unique programme that analyses the current and future challenges faced by the leaders of the sports world.

Secondly, UEFA has instituted a range of initiatives to actively involve young graduates in sports management and media in some of its flagship competitions. The UEFA EURO 2012 HB Talent Programme notably engaged students of local Polish and Ukrainian universities in the delivery of broadcasting services for this major event, allowing them to gain tremendous professional experience.

Finally, the last pillar is dedicated to research on European football. UEFA strives to encourage academic research particularly in:

• establishing initiatives such as the UEFA Research Grant Programme to support projects directly addressing issues within European football;
• sharing information with researchers involved in this particular area of interest;
• developing ad hoc research projects with students of partner universities;
• commissioning academic experts and research centres to conduct specific studies on behalf of UEFA.

For further information, academics, students and researchers can contact:

Thomas Junod
Education and Universities Manager
+41 (0)22 707 29 19 (tel)
universities@uefa.ch

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