Japanese Sports Academy launches international scholarship programme

The Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies (TIAS) in Japan has announced that it will be launching a new scholarship programme aimed exclusively at international students next year.

Applications for the programme will be accepted from 23rd February 2015, and the course will officially start on 1st October 2015. The scholarship will cover all university fees, plus accommodation costs and travel fare to and from Japan.

The TIAS curriculum cover a range of areas including Olympic & Paralympic Education, Sport Management, Sport Science & Medicine, Sport for Development and Peace, and Teaching, Coaching & Japanese Culture.

All classes on the 18-month course will be taught in English.

At the International Sports Convention (ISC) in Geneva, Switzerland, at which TIAS is currently exhibiting, the Chairman of TIAS, Dr. Hisashi Sanada, said: “With the 2020 Olympic Games ahead of us, we hope to recruit a wide range of people with vision, who want to study sport at this academy in Japan, and who wish to be active in the world of sport, whether that be the International Olympic Committee, the International Federation’s in each country, or in sport businesses.”

Also present at the announcement was Tomoko Fukumi, 2009 women’s world judo champion (48 kg) and former Olympian, who commented “I believe that this sports academy at Tsukuba University, one of Japan’s foremost sports education centres boasting leading-edge technology and facilities in the field, can become a unique institution of its kind in the world.”

TIAS is part of the University of Tsukuba, which has a history of involvement in the Japanese Olympic Movement stretching back over 100 years. Located nearby Tokyo, the site of the 2020 Games, TIAS is an ideal place for people from around the world to further their sports-related studies.

More details on the programme, and how to apply, can be found here: http://tias.tsukuba.ac.jp/en/

Article published 16th December 2014