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), the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, and Interros private investment company. The Chairman of the RIOU Board of Trustees is the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.
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, with the number of graduates from all courses amounting to 2,000 people annually.
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.
In 2011 RIOU launched a unique publishing programme which includes a quarterly popular science periodical «RIOU Herald», as well as the «RIOU Library» series consisting of memoirs, archive materials, research works on Olympic history and philosophy, and the best-selling Russian and foreign books on sport and Olympic education.
RIOU educational activities are currently based in Sochi where the RIOU modern brand-new campus facilities are located. RIOU head office is situated in Moscow.
As the custodian of the 2014 Games Archive, RIOU is responsible for preserving the information legacy of the Sochi Olympics and creating the right conditions for research in the field of the Olympic movement and sport. Under the agreement signed in September 2013, the Sochi
2014 Organising Committee will hand over to RIOU all the archival material (electronic copies of text documents, official audio, photo and video materials covering the whole period of the Committee's activities, as well as artefacts and memorabilia). RIOU will catalogue the deposited archives and ensure access to the collections for non-commercial, informational, scientific, educational and cultural use.
Russian International Olympic University is a landmark project and the main element of the Sochi 2014 Games humanitarian legacy. RIOU graduates will form a new generation of effective sports managers armed with knowledge and skills to successfully manage sports organisations, events and venues in any economic environment. The range of their career opportunities will include structures of the Russian and international Olympic and Paralympic Movements; state and local governing bodies; sports federations and clubs; sports media; sports marketing companies and manufacturers of sports goods.
RIOU Rector is Professor Lev Belousov.