Beijing looks north for winter sports expertise
Finnish and Chinese education co-operation has taken another concrete step forward with the launch of a winter sport management degree, meant to provide Chinese students the knowhow to prepare for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Lapland UAS’ degree programme in hospitality management will provide a tried-and-tested framework for the programme, which will be complemented by leadership education from the University of Lapland.
“This degree programme is a result of enduring and driven co-operation. At the same time, it is wonderful evidence of how to create something new and unique by combining the competences of two universities,” says Mauri Ylä-Kotola, the head of the University of Lapland.
The Beijing Sport University has been actively involved in tailoring the programme to its needs, including a focus on leadership training and a strong practical working life element.
“I can proudly state that we’re pioneers in the field regarding pedagogy and working life contacts, which is a valuable base to build novel content,” says the head of the Lapland UAS, Riitta Rissanen.
The degree programme is part of an education co-operation agreement signed in 2017 in Beijing, which consists of plans for student and personnel exchange in the future as well as collaboration in research.