Twenty Students Graduate from Sports Management Program
The Center for Continuing Education at Birzeit University celebrated 2017’s graduating class of the Sports Management Program on October 7, 2017. The class, the seventh overall, numbered 20 students in total.
The Director of the Center for Continuing Education, Dr. Marwaz Tarazi, expressed his gratitude to everyone who helped make this program a success. He said, “We are very proud of this program, the first of its kind in Palestine. It is a reflection of the relationship between the community, the university, and external organizations.”
Dr. Tarazi also noted the international collaboration that the program enjoyed: “Members of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) supported and supervised the program along with a qualified team from the Center for Continuing Education. They were very dedicated and worked extremely hard to achieve the results we see today.”
The president of the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, reiterated the importance of the program which provides workers in the sports management field with the various skills and expertise needed to excel in their jobs. He added, “Our sports policy is a national one, aiming to build a complete, holistic approach to sports in Palestine, and to raise the physical, mental, and psychological well-being of our youth.”
Senior Manager of International Relations at CIES, Vincent Monnier, called on graduates to continue their journey and education in the sports management field, pledging CIES and FIFA’s continued support in every facet of their budding careers. He added, “We’re proud of our cooperation with the Center for Continuing Education, creating opportunities and enhancing the sporting setting in Palestine.”
Explaining the program and detailing its offerings, the manager of the program, Rania Al-Qassem, said, “The program offers such courses as: Principles of Management, Skills in Communication, Management of Sports Activities, Financial Management and Sports Law, and Marketing and Sponsorship.”
Ramzi Obaid, a graduate of the program, took pride in the positive outcomes and the unique skills that it provides its students. He added, “I have worked, and I still am, in the sports field, and I have enrolled in many supplemental courses, but I can say without a doubt that this program, over the course of more than a year, provided me with exceptional skills that I find applicable in many real-life situations in my career.”