Sport for development

Educating the future global sport leaders and global citizens who can give way to the contribution of sport organisations to societal transformation.

Educating global sport leaders

The programme aims at educating the future global sport leaders and global citizens, who can give way to the contribution of (international) sport organizations to societal transformation, from a critical and practical perspective. Not only through knowledge about the local, regional and global social issues, knowledge about the meaning of sport in various contexts, knowledge about governance and management of (international) sport organizations but also with academic leadership and management skills.

The programme

The University of Johannesburg, South Africa, University of Tsukuba, Japan and Utrecht University, the Netherlands decided to set up a highly qualified Global Master’s Programme that prepares administrators and managers for ‘new sport management and governance’ that matches with societal issues and current standards of good governance and organisational integrity.


The programme has started with a one month visit to Utrecht University, the Netherlands in February 2018. As of now, students attend the programme at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. In February/March 2019 the University of Johannesburg offers their one month course.

The second edition is scheduled to start in 2019/2020. Eleven South African, Japanese and Dutch students were selected to take part. For a daily update on their experiences please visit our Facebook page.

Program website


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the program via:

Contact person of each university

  • University of Tsukuba, Japan
    prof. Satoshi Shimizu
  • Utrecht University, the Netherlands
    Frank van Eekeren PhD
  • University of Johannesburg, South Africa
    prof. Cora Burnett

Programme managers

  • Sofie van den Hombergh
  • Mario Nishihara