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Cardiff School of Sport Sign Partnership Agreement with Beirut Marathon Association



Cardiff Met’s Dr Alun Hardman and Mr Mike Flynn at the partnership signing in Lebanon.

Cardiff Met has a long-standing relationship with the British Academy in Lebanon at the Modern University of Business and Science (MUBS) and currently validate a range of Cardiff School of Management programmes.  

Early in 2016 the Cardiff School of Sport (CSS) was approached, through MUBS, by the Beirut Marathon Association (BMA), a dynamic organisation who organise running events in Lebanon, who wanted to form a partnership with Cardiff Met.

The BMA's stated mission is to inspire unity, positively change lifestyles, promote wellness, and provide an experience of challenge, achievement, joy, and glory. This mission was important in the aftermath of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri's assassination in February 2005, when Beirut came to a standstill. That year, the Beirut Marathon Association organised and delivered the "United We Run" race which attracted 60,000 runners. Every year since, the BMA, inspirationally led by their Founder and President May El Khalil, unites thousands of people, including national political leaders and royalty. Runners from 104 countries take part.  

The partnership between Cardiff Met and BMA is focused on a range of shared developmental objectives which include: access for BMA and other Lebanese sport industry employees to franchised postgraduate degree specialisms such as MSc Sports Management & Leadership; delivery of specialist short-courses on leadership and strategy development in sport; opportunities for work experience in Wales and Lebanon for Cardiff Met and MUBS students; and development of a research agenda and joint supervision of research students.

Currently the Beirut Marathon is accredited by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) with a silver label. Through working with the CSS on a range of initiatives it hopes to achieve the gold label.

In advance of the signing, members of the BMA, MUBS and other sport industry stakeholders, were briefed on the significance of the partnership by Dr. Alun Hardman, Associate Dean International, Cardiff School of Sport; Dr May El Khalil, BMA Founder and President; Mr Zayd Al Khiyami, General Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports; and Dr Hatem Alamy, Chair of the Board of Trustees, MUBS.

Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), commented on the new partnership: 'I am delighted to witness the relationship between Cardiff Met and Lebanon go from strength to strength. The introduction of a sport masters programme in Lebanon, with the support of the BMA, will help to develop a postgraduate educated, highly knowledgeable and skilled workforce capable of delivering the BMA's vision for sport and physical activity in Lebanon. I'd like to thank the BMA for coming to us to discuss potential plans earlier this year, and Dr Alun Hardman and Mr Mike Flynn for their hard work in progressing this partnership.'   

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MUBS YouTube video: MSc in Sport Management & Leadership