The Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) at the German Sports University Cologne (GSU) was founded in 2005 and was established as a central research and teaching facility. The OSC Cologne ́s structure contains four pillars, serving as an Olympic Research Centre, Olympic Teaching Centre, Olympic Consulting Centre and Olympic Archive Centre. Since 2005, it has continuously developed its profile in research and teaching and is today one of the leading Olympic Studies Centres on the national and the international level. Professor Dr Stephan Wassong is the Director of the OSC Cologne Studies and a member of the IOC’s Olympic Education Commission. The other staff members include Dr Ansgar Molzberger, Dr Jörg Krieger and Caroline Meier.
The profile of the OSC Cologne meets the expectations of a modern university landscape and its current activities in research, teaching, consulting and archival work are examples of how the key objectives of the OSC Cologne can be met. The activities are the following:
- Transfer of academic knowledge on the Olympic Movement into the Olympic world through the international part-time programme M.A. Olympic Studies;
- Development and expansion of research studies, information and documentation within the research centre;
- Creating synergies in teaching, researching and consulting activities amongst national and international OSCs;
- Strengthening links between the OSC Cologne and institutions linked to the Olympic Movement on the national and international level.
On the teaching level, staff members of the OSC Cologne contribute intensively to the regular Bachelor, Physical Education and Master programs at the GSU. The OSC Cologne has also played a leading role in the installation of the new full-time degree program M.A. International Sports Development and Policy, which runs at the GSU during the winter term 2016/17.
Various research projects are conducted at the OSC Cologne. In 2014, the OSC Cologne has signed an international cooperation agreement with the University of Johannesburg that aims for the establishment of the first Olympic Studies Centre within the African continent. The OSC Cologne acts as consulting institution within this process. As part of the agreement, the two institutions jointly organized an international Conference at the University of Johannesburg and published the edited collection Historical and Contemporary Issues in Olympic Studies. From 2016 onwards, the cooperation aims to publish an academic journal on Olympic Studies in order create a forum for academic exchange on Olympic Studies.
Furthermore, academic research deals with such aspects of the Olympic Movement as the establishment of the Sport For All Movement on the national and international level, the emergence of sport and physical education within the program of the UNESCO and the evolution of scientific knowledge within international anti-doping strategy plans. The research results are continuously presented to the academic community in publications and conferences on multi-layered aspects of the Olympic Movement. In 2013, the OSC Cologne co-edited the book Olympics. Past and Present in collaboration with the Olympic Museum in Doha. In 2014, the academic program of the symposium “Pierre de Coubertin and the Future”, held at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne, was developed at the OSC Cologne in collaboration with the Comité International Pierre de Coubertin (CIPC). In January 2016, the identically named Congress publication was printed. Furthermore, in 2016, a special issue on “Olympic Perspectives” was published in the International Journal of the History of Sport together with the GSU´s partner universities from the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada) and Victoria University (Melbourne, Australia).
For further information on the OSC Cologne please visit its website: www.dshs-koeln.de/osc.
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