IDHEAP – Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration
A certificat in sport management
Since 1995 the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (Institut Des Hautes Etudes en Administrations Publiques – IDHEAP) has offered a certificate in sports management.
The first building block towards a diploma in sports management from the Swiss Sport Management Centre, this is a course of lectures for specialists and managers (SSC) directed by Professor Jean-Loup Chappelet, which leads to a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS), a recognised qualification that can be further upgraded to a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at UNIL IDHEAP.
The programme of study consists of seven two-day courses. A variety of topics is tackled. To give a few examples, they include different sports laws, the management of material and non-material sports resources and that of human resources, and sports marketing and sponsorship. The session concludes with a written examination (no oral) and the submission of the best final-year projects.
Note that all the courses are held in French. A few well-known figures appear on the list of contributors every year, including Chapart Nicolas (Head of Digital, International Basketball Federation), Chatelain Pascal, (Head of international affairs OFSPO), de Kock Robbert, World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, Pongracz Ilona, Founder and head of E t h i k a, Rechsteiner Doris, Fondation de l'Aide Sportive Suisse, Swiss Olympic, Rossellat Daniel, Founder and head of PALEO Festival.
The study programme is open to candidates already in possession of a university degree and admission is based on their application. It is aimed first and foremost at specialists and managers from the Swiss sports community (association or professional), but also at public servants (communal, cantonal or federal) responsible for sports matters, at employees from international sport organisations and at anyone interested in working in sport management.