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.


IOA Anniversary and Olympic Flame Lighting

On the 17th and 18th October 2021 the 60th anniversary of the International Olympic Academy (IOA) was celebrated with a festive and academic programme. Prof. Stephan Wassong, Director of the Olympic Study Centre of the German Sport University Cologne and member of the Olympic Education Commission of the International Olympic...


Inauguration of Pierre de Coubertin Statue in Olympia

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the International Olympic Academy (IOA), the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC) (http://www.coubertin.org) donated a statue of the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin (1863-1937). As president of the CIPC, Prof. Wassong presented the statue to the...


8th Intake of the M.A. Olympic Studies started

From 26th of September till 2nd of October the Olympic Studies Centre at the German Sport University Cologne (GSU) hosted the 1st Module of the 8th Intake of the M.A. Olympic Studies Programme.

The 8th Intake consists of 34 participants from 30 countries. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the module was conducted as a hybrid...