Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has launched a new online programme ‘Sustainability and Major Sport Events’ as part of its ongoing agreement with edX, a global provider of massive open online courses created by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The professional certificate programme in ‘Sustainability and Major Sport Events’ is now open for enrolment.
The programme, designed in partnership with Josoor Institute, addresses the critical sustainability aspects of planning and hosting large-scale sporting events in Qatar and around the world. The programme aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to plan and execute a sustainable major sport event, applying sustainability factors such as infrastructure, environmental impact, social and human considerations, and governance.
Josoor Institute, a sports and events expertise hub created by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), is tasked with building the capabilities of professionals in the sports and events industries to successfully deliver major sporting events in Qatar and the Mena region, including the 2022 FIFA World Cup and beyond.
The programme instructors include experts from HBKU entities, Josoor Institute, and the SC.
Dr Marwan Khraisheh, senior research director, HBKU said, “Our partnership with edX has enabled HBKU to transcend borders and make our unique academic offerings accessible in all parts of the world. The launch of the ‘Sustainability and Major Sport Events’ programme marks the second phase of our successful partnership.”
Afraa al-Noaimi, executive director, Josoor Institute, said, “Sustainability is a significant aspect of every global sports event, and Josoor Institute has the opportunity to train professionals who will lead Qatar’s efforts to advance sustainability throughout the planning and delivery of our mega-event.”
The programme is designed for event organisers; sustainability and environmental professionals; sports professionals who interact with players, fans, and spectators; those responsible for sports infrastructure, including stadiums and sports fields; professionals in marketing and public relations; and project managers.