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.


Foundation Speech of the Olympic Games donated to the IOC

Prof. Wassong delivers a lecture on its historical significance during IOC ceremony.


Japan Olympic Museum: Keynote lectures by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Wassong

For the occasion of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the Japan Olympic Museum (JOM) has opened a special exhibition on the life and works of Baron Pierre de Coubertin. The museum itself is new, with its inauguration taking place in September 2019. The co-academic supervision of the Coubertin exhibition fell under the...


2020’s Commission Week of the IOC

During the 2020 Lausanne Winter Youth Olympic Games, held from 9th to 22nd January, the IOC scheduled this year’s meetings of its 21 Commissions. Thus, this meant that the Olympic Capital was crowded with young athletes, coaches, sport officials, volunteers, visitors and commission members. As in the previous years, Prof. Dr....