M.A. Olympic Studies

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Olympic Studies Centres (OSCs) are valued as an important link between the Olympic and academic worlds. The Olympic Studies Centre at the German Sport University Cologne (OSC Cologne) was founded in 2005 and was established as a central research and teaching facility in compliance with section 20 of the Federal Higher Education Act.

The forerunner of the OSC was the Carl und Liselott Diem Archive (CuLDA), which still exists as part of the current OSC. The OSC Cologne follows the tradition of the CuLDA in conducting research and delivering teaching about the Olympic Movement, Olympic Sport and the Olympic Games on a national and international level.

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.


Prof. Wassong: IOC Olympic Education Commission

Prof. Wassong is a member of the IOC Olympic Education Commission since 2015. This year´s commission meeting took place from 23rd to 24th November in Lausanne. Central topics were Olympic Values Education Overview and Role, Olympic Culture and Heritage 3.0, Olympic Studies Centre und Implementing OVEP (Olympic Values Education...


M.A. Olympic Studies 2023-25 Open for Application

M.A. Olympic Studies 2023 2025 opens for applications

The Master of Arts Olympic Studies degree program, which is implemented by the German Sport University Cologne in cooperation with the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), University of Canterbury (New Zealand), Kiel University (Germany), the Pontifical Catholic...


40th Anniversary of The IOC Olympic Studies Centre

The Olympic Studies Centre of the International Olympic Committee organized an impressive event to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The IOC President, Thomas Bach, gave a welcome speech accompanied by some IOC members, senior IOC officials, directors of Olympic Studies Centres and scholars. He stressed the value of the IOC...