With the new MBA in Sports Management Advanced, you now have the opportunity to study with the Real Madrid Football Club, the largest sporting club in the world!
‘One of our driving forces at Torrens is to create a global learning experience. We can do that because our teachers are dispersed geographically around the world, and our international students hail from over 120 countries.’
Associate Professor Justin Pierce, Director of Innovation, Industry & Employability
In this truly international MBA, students will study online or face to face in campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney; take specialised sports subjects delivered online by teaching staff from Universidad Europea, and spend two weeks at the Real Madrid Graduate School, in Spain. As Justin Pierce describes it, the partnership with Real Madrid Universidad Europea is the jewel in the crown of the MBA in Sports Management Advanced.
Partnering with the internationally acclaimed Real Madrid Universidad Europea
The School is a partnership between the world-famous Real Madrid Football Team and the internationally acclaimed Real Madrid Universidad Europea. Torrens is the only university in Australia to partner with Real Madrid, which lets us offer our students a unique learning experience.
‘When I went to Madrid with the students in 2018, we all got so much out of it because of the quality of the guest speakers, including senior people from FIFA. They were so open with their information and addressed everything the students needed to know. And then, of course, there were the field trips. We visited some amazing venues.’ Darren Adamson, Lecturer in Sports Management
Over the two weeks, the group of up to 30 students from Australia will visit sporting facilities around Madrid, such as the Bernabéu Stadium and other stadia, state-of-the-art gymnasiums, golf courses, and basketball facilities, including Real Madrid Baloncesto’s club. They’ll attend presentations from leaders in international sport, starting with the President and Board members of Real Madrid. And build professional networks with like-minded, ambitious professionals from universities in England, Germany, Italy, the USA, and more.
‘We have a range of professors, people who’ve run the FIFA World Cup and the World Basketball Championships, a professor who’s been involved in marketing the 2014 Basketball World Championships, and the director of marketing and sponsorship for the 2016 Olympic Games bid for Madrid. As well as outstanding Australian lecturers.’ Darren Peters, Program Director – Business
Globally focused and Here for Good
This MBA has a broad global focus and a commitment to Torrens’ mission of Here for Good. Darren Peters, who was a CEO in sport for 20 years before coming to the university, says, ‘We teach our students how to understand the dynamics of sport and the geopolitical nature of it, where geographies count, and where harmony is needed across differences of cultures and opinions and beliefs. That’s one of the fundamental differences of this course.’
The carefully designed mix of dynamic business and spots subjects will give students the chance to reflect on their own career pathways, how they reached their current positions, and how they can prepare themselves for a more senior role.
‘The beauty of the advanced program is that the students take ten business subjects, including four electives, and the six sports subjects. So they’re still getting that MBA content and they’re also getting the specialised sports subjects, including the trip to Madrid.’ Darren Adamson
Think vertically, horizontally and broadly – Developing your critical thinking skills
Our MBA gives people the opportunity to practice thinking vertically, horizontally and broadly, as well as developing their critical thinking skills. It offers flexibility for local students who want to study on campus and online; international students can study on campus two-years full-time. And all graduates will complete the course with a professional network that reaches around the globe, and the skills to really make a difference in the sporting industry.
‘Certain things bring people together. Food is one. Sport is another. A lot of what sports management is about is community engagement, and getting people participating, collaborating. We had in our minds when we designed this course that we wanted to facilitate all of that, so we can contribute to a better community, better environment, better all manner of those things that matter to people.’ Associate Professor Justin Pierce
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