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The Autonomous Non-Profit Organisation “Russian International Olympic University” (RIOU) was established on 21 October 2009 under the Memorandum of Understanding between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and the Russian Olympic Committee, and under a decree of the Russian Federation No 774. The founders of the University are the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and Interros private investment company.

RIOU is the world’s first university dedicated to sport business education, offering unique programmes infused with Olympic values and experiences. RIOU’s activities concentrate on training specialists in sports management for the Russian and international sports industry, and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The University’s educational programmes cover the main aspects of sports education: venue and infrastructure management, competitions, mass communications, diplomacy and administration, and career management. The university’s main educational product is a one-year Master of Sport Administration (MSA) course. RIOU also runs a wide range of short-term programmes: career enhancement courses for retired athletes and sport officials from Russia’s regional authorities, as well as seminars on Paralympic sports, barrier free environment and Olympic hospitality. RIOU’s campus can accommodate up to 500 students at any one time.

Among RIOU’s teachers and professors are renowned Russian and international experts in sports management. The University is aimed at the development of systematic partnerships with leading Russian and foreign universities. Our current partner list includes: University of Applied Sciences Kufstein (Austria), Coventry University (UK), Brunel University (UK), University of East London (UK), Sheffield Hallam University (UK), IPC Academy (UK), World Academy of Sport (UK), Olympic Studies Centre at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), Capilano University (Canada), Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow University of Industry and Finance.


A modern university is not just an institution facilitating exchange of knowledge between instructors and students. Today, universities are expected to generate intellect in its various forms, which requires a system ensuring multiple-path communication between the participants of the educational process. That is why at the heart of RIOU’s architectural concept lie the principles of multifunctionality, transformability, adaptability and multimedia-based learning environment.

The RIOU campus can serve as a model of state-of-the-art building technologies and advanced environmental standards. This multifunctional complex was designed by acclaimed Russian architects Vladimir Korotayev (Grado architectural firm) and Vladimir Plotkin (Reserve production group), in conjunction with PRP Architects, a British architectural practice.

In developing the project, the designers aimed to build an educational facility of the highest standard that can provide, among other things, comfortable housing for faculty members and students, as well as an up-to-date communication platform for sport and business communities. All campus buildings are supported by Wi-Fi and LTE networks and have video conferencing equipment.

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