LJMU makes links with North American university
27 October 2011
LJMU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA.
The link with LJMU was made by Professor Eric Olsen, Director of the Sport Management Programme at the University’s College of Business. This programme is recognised by the United States Olympic Committee and the University works closely with the US Paralympic group and 23 National Sports Governing Bodies in the USA.
Over the past seven years Professor Olsen has undertaken research with a number of English Premier League football clubs and UCCS was looking to further broaden its international outlook by forming academic partnerships with a select group of UK universities. LJMU’s work with Everton Football Club brought LJMU to Professor Olsen's attention and made LJMU an appealing potential partner.
The MOU, formalising a relationship initially for three years, was signed earlier this year by former LJMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Brown and Dr Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, Chancellor of UCCS.
The MOU will potentially lead to collaborative research projects, student and staff exchanges, development of joint academic programmes, undergraduate projects and the development of common curricula in areas of mutual interest.
A UCCS student is currently undertaking an internship at Everton as part of the Sport Development programme within the Faculty of Education Community and Leisure (ECL).
Barbara Walsh, Centre Leader (ECL), said:
"This is the first Memorandum of Understanding between LJMU and a North American university so this, plus the fact that UCCS is so renowned in the field of sport, makes it an exciting development for the Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure. It means that there will be opportunities not only for staff and student exchanges, but also for collaborative research projects and possibly joint academic programmes. The link is a great way for the Sport Development programme to extend its links internationally and we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with UCCS."