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Stamford International University Launches First Sports Management MBA with Real Madrid Graduate School in Asia

Bangkok, 11 May 2016 - Stamford International University has joined forces with the Real Madrid Graduate School in launching its Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sports Management for the first time in Asia, continuing to leverage its global network to enhance its “Unleash Your Potential” international education for Thailand. 
From left:

Mr.Gilles Mahe, CEO of Laureate Thailand

Mrs.Cristina Gonzalez, Director of Real Madrid Graduate School

Dr.Andrew Scown, President of Stamford International University

Mrs.Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports Ministry of Thailand

Mr.Emilio Butragueño, General Director of Real Madrid Graduate School
Vice-Chairman of Stamford International University Council

The program will feature the five core courses taught by global industry leaders at the Real Madrid Graduate School, one of the world’s Top 10 best Sports Management Schools. Students will have the “Real” exclusive one-week experience with Real Madrid Football Club in Spain - ranked No. 1 in Forbes Magazine as the world’s most valuable sporting clubs for the past three consecutive years. After finishing all courses, the graduates will earn an MBA degree from Stamford International University and a diploma from Real Madrid Graduate School-Universidad Europea.


A collaboration between Universidad Europea de Madrid and the Real Madrid Football Club, Real Madrid Graduate School was launched in 2006 to address the growing role of sport in global economies. Both Stamford International University and Universidad Europea de Madrid are part of Laureate International Universities – a global network of 80 universities teaching over one million students in 28 countries.


Being part of Stamford’s Signature M.B.A. series, the program will offer working adults the most flexible delivery options, with part-time and full-time study plans. 

“We know how sports management can help enhance the sports industry in Thailand, which has expanded significantly over the years and shows incredible promise for growth. Looking forward, Thailand needs more specialists in the field to bring new skills and expertise to a fast growing industry which has a strong demand for qualified personnel. We know that we can support the supply side,” CEO of Laureate Thailand Gilles Mahe said.


“Real Madrid Graduate School is one of the world’s best known sports management schools. We’re honoured that we can import this expertise exclusively in Thailand and contribute towards raising the bar in the sector,” he said.

“Graduates will not only learn how to administrate business but will also specialise in sports management, so they can run their own sports related business, secure sports management positions at strategic and tactical levels, or become a sports marketing director, sports business consultant, sports brand developer or sports business analyst.”


Emilio Butragueño, General Director of Real Madrid Graduate School-Universidad Europea said, “it’s a good opportunity for Real Madrid Graduate School to make its presence felt in Asia, where sports increasingly plays a more important role in society. The mature market in Europe has generated quite successful stories and lessons learned, lessons that Asian sports management businesses can benefit from.”

“The collaboration with Stamford through the Laureate network is a solid move that could trigger further activities together in the future. We see the potential in Thailand and this region.”


The first semester of the MBA in Sports Management program will start in June. Enrolment is now open. For further information regarding the program, please contact the Stamford team at the Asoke Campus Learning Center.


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About Stamford International University
Stamford International University has campuses at Rama 9, Asoke and Hua Hin, serving students from 100 countries. 70 per cent of Stamford faculty members are international from countries including the USA, UK, France, Germany, and many more.


Stamford became a member of the Laureate International Universities network in 2012 to enhance global resources and opportunities for students.  Laureate International Universities has a presence in more than 80 universities educating more than 1,000,000 students in 28 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


Stamford International University offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in International, Bilingual, and Thai programs, covering fields of study including business, hospitality management, communication arts, creative media design, information technology and public administration.  To learn more, visit www.stamford.edu


Real Madrid Graduate School – Universidad Europea
Real Madrid Graduate School was created with a strong international component, just like the two institutions which support it. On one side there is the world-leading Real Madrid Football Club, on the other is Universidad Europea de Madrid - a member of Laureate International Universities, a world leader in advanced education. The School trains professional leaders in all disciplines related to sports, with the design and implementation of programs carried out by professionals from Real Madrid CF as well as Universidad Europea de Madrid.
The Real Madrid Graduate School has a comprehensive offer of postgraduate programs that covers all the areas related to the sport industry (Management, Communication, Law, Health and Training).
Visit: realmadrid.universidadeuropea.es/en