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When an individual participates in the Olympic Solidarity-supported MEMOS programme, they have a unique opportunity to (1) gain cutting-edge skills and knowledge from top international professors and (2) build their global professional network to set themselves up for future success.
How it started
MEMOS was an idea of the European Network of Sport Science Institutes, supported by President Juan Antonio Samaranch in 1994 and founded by Prof. Jean Camy and colleagues from several European universities and schools of sport. Five European National Olympic Committees (NOCs; France, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain) joined the project.
The first edition started in September 1995. It was a two-year graduate programme in French and English, composed of eight modules. The two first editions (MEMOS I and II) were supported by the European Olympic Committees and the European Union (Socrates Programme).
How it evolved
From MEMOS III (2000), the programme – starting and ending in Lausanne – became a one year programme. It included four modules and only one language (English). MEMOS III to V welcomed a few non-European participants.
In 2003, MEMOS VI became fully open to overseas participants, with the first and last modules in Lausanne, one module in Europe and one overseas. The official name of the programme became “Master Exécutif en Management des organisations sportives.”
In 2006, MEMOS started a Spanish edition. A French edition was first organized in 2008. The three versions of the programme had a slightly different format but coordinated content. In 2012, the three versions evolved to a common format.
Training modules are organized in all continents since MEMOS XI. The programme is part of the NOC Management Programmes of Olympic Solidarity. While ensuring geographic and gender equity, each cohort includes one student per NOC.
MEMOS is scheduled over one year and consists of three 9 to 12 days residential sessions, each dedicated to two to three main subjects, and a three-day final session devoted to the defense and presenting of participants’ personal research project. The final session take place in Lausanne, while the second and the third sessions are organised in different cities.
Each subject is placed under the joint responsibility of a scholar and of a professional. In addition, the participants undertake a research project concerning the management of a sport organisation,usually the one in which they are active. Two to three days in the middle of each module are dedicated to participant on their projects by their tutors. The defense and the public presentation of these projects, as well as the awarding of the degrees, take place in Lausanne, during the last module.
Periodic Alumni Conventions are also organized for continued sharing, and networking amount MEMOSians.
So far, 1079 MEMOS graduates are everywhere across
the Olympic Movement and the world. They represent 183 nationalities, 5
continents, 36% women, 56 NOC Presidents and Secretaries General, and 5 IOC
members. Some of them are involved in the IPC, Special Olympics, WADA,
FISU, CIJM, CISM, OlympAfrica, OCOGs, World Athletics, and FINA, to name but a
For more info: https://memos.degree
Residential Session of the french version of the MEMOS programme
A 6-day camp designed for children and teenagers from all over the world. The programme consists of 4 main pillars: ancient greek sports, Olympic Truce ideals, respect and diversity and friendship
INTRODUCTIONHarvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies US, the International Olympic Academy and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, Harvard University organize, since 2012, the International Scholars’ Symposium on Sports, Society, & Culture in the IOA’s premises in Ancient Olympia. The Symposium brings together more than a hundred scholars, students and professors from Universities in Greece and abroad.
The Hellenic Cultural and Educational Club for UNESCO, in association with professional educators and sport coaches, organizes 25 June – 02 July 2023 the 2nd World Olympic Summer School under the auspices of the International Olympic Academy. The School is also supported by the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Policy for an Active Citizenship and Solidarity, University of Macedonia, Greece.
The World Olympic Summer School aims to raise awareness relating to the Olympic Values and to prepare the next generation of the Olympic Values Ambassadors.
In the World Olympic Summer School are welcome to participate students between 14 – 16 years old from all around the world. Teachers can also participate in the Summer School. The official languages of the Symposium are English and Greek.
Focusing on Respect, one of the three core Olympic Values, the students will learn the importance of respecting themselves, the others, the world tangible and intangible cultural heritage and the planet (the R-Project). The four pillars of the Program are Education, Sports, Culture and Environment.
The World Olympic Summer School is promoting the Sustainable Development Goals focusing on: Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-Being, Goal 4 – Quality Education, Goal 5 – Gender Equality, Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production, Goal 13 – Climate Action, Goal 15 – Life on Land, Goal 16 – Peace Justice and strong Institutions and Goal 17 – Partnerships for Goals.
The World Olympic Summer School will be hosted in the International Olympic Academy. The deadline for the submission of the participation form is the 10th May 2023.Information is uploaded on the official site of the School www.olympicsummerschool.com
INTRODUCTIONStudents from 60 countries compete for the prizes and distinctions at theXXXI International Olympiad of Philosophy with topic: A life in fair competition
The 4th World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2023
The Hellenic Cultural and Educational Club for UNESCO is organizing the 4th World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2023 from 26 – 30 April 2023.
The Symposium is supported by the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, the United Nations Regional Information Centre (U.N.R.I.C.) and the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Policy for an Active Citizenship and Solidarity - University of Macedonia. The Symposium is organized under the auspices of the International Olympic Academy.
The World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2023 focuses on “Raising awareness in a digital age” and invites students and teachers to engage with the topic by participating into various activities during the Symposium in collaboration with other delegations.
The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) connects more than 12,000 schools in 182 countries around a common goal to build peace in the minds of children and young people.
In 2023, the Network will celebrate its 70th anniversary and the commitment of millions of students, teachers and principals to promote fundamental rights and human dignity, gender equality, social progress, freedom, justice and democracy, respect for diversity and international solidarity – UNESCO's core values!
During the World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2023, ASPnet students, teachers and National Coordinators will meet to share and learn from each other about cultural heritage
A special session on ASP net’s History of ideas will be presented by Ms Julie Saito, International Coordinator (UNESCO), and a World Café for teachers on “How digital tools support transformative learning regarding culture ” will be organized in collaboration with the Hellenic National ASPnet Coordinator, Mrs Vera Dilari.
Before the end of the Symposium the participants will sign a resolution on the protection of the World Cultural Heritage, which will condemn any assaults and crimes committed against World Heritage sites and focus on the fight against any attack on cultural diversity.
The Opening Ceremony of the World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2023 will take place on the 26th April 2023 in Athens at the Theater of Pierce – The American College of Greece and the next day 20 delegations from 13 countries (Andorra, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Hellas, Italy, Latvia, Oman, Sint Maarten, Slovenia, Türkiye, U.S.A.) will depart to Ancient Olympia, where they are going to stay until the 30th April 2023.
details of the Symposium are uploaded on the official website: www.olympiayouthsymposium.com