On a recent goodwill visit to China, United States Sports Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich signed a memorandum of understanding with leaders of China’s Capital University for Physical Education and Sports (CUPES) in Beijing to work together on programs to enhance sport and sport education between the two sports institutions and the two nations. Shown from left are Professor Dr. Wu Hao, Director of the Scientific Research Office; Professor Dr. Zhong Bingshu, President, CUPES; Rosandich; Professor Dr. Zheng Xiaohong, Director of the Graduate School; and Ma Ying, Director of the Foreign Relations Department.
DAPHNE, Ala. – The United States Sports Academy – “America’s Sports University” – recently embarked on an effort to develop greater sports and sports education ties with China through a new relationship with a sports university in Beijing.
On a recent goodwill visit to China, Academy President Dr. T.J. Rosandich signed a memorandum of understanding with leaders of China’s Capital University for Physical Education and Sports (CUPES) in Beijing to work together on programs to enhance sport and sport education between the two sports institutions and the two nations. Rosandich met with CUPES President Dr. Zhong Binshu and other leaders of the institution.
CUPES is a public sports university located in Beijing with a wide range of academic programs in sports at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The institution’s major areas of study include including physical education, sports management, exercise rehabilitation, coaching, human kinesiology, martial arts and Chinese traditional sports, public administration, journalism, leisure sports, and art performance. CUPES can also accept foreign students under the Chinese government scholarship program.
“It was a pleasure to meet with my sport colleagues in China and discuss areas of mutual interest,” Rosandich said.
“Of particular interest to them is online education, and they are eager to begin offering portions of their curriculum using technology. Of course, the Academy has been doing this successfully for decades.”
The meeting was part of a larger goodwill visit Rosandich made to China that included the Academy facilitating international soccer matches there and participating in a summit on enhancing sport relations between the U.S. and China.
“It is truly gratifying to be invited to participate in a strategic dialogue on school sport between the two major sport powers of the world, the United States and China,” Rosandich said.
“This is reflective of the fact that the United States Sports Academy is known around the world as America’s Sports University.”
Rosandich was an invited panelist at the Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC) U.S. Strategic Dialogue on Student Sports, which was part of the 7th Annual U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange. Held 7 June 2016, the dialogue was created to provide opportunities for collaboration among leaders in the U.S. and China to enhance sports relationships between the countries. A particular focus was to allow China to learn more about university intercollegiate sports in the United States, as China is interested in further developing sport at the university level.
Rosandich was a panelist at the event where he provided perspective on how media networks of all types can be used to raise the visibility and popularity of university sport in China. Speakers at the event also included U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, as well as numerous leading officials on sport from both countries.
In addition to serving as a panelist, Rosandich played a vital role in one of the highlights of the conference week. He was able to successfully facilitate a visit to China by the Duke University women’s soccer team, which played exhibition games with China’s Beijing Normal University. The games were widely enjoyed by conference participants and provided an unforgettable experience to the American and Chinese college athletes to experience international competition.
Since its founding in 1972, the Academy has since extended its educational and cultural exchange programs to some 65 nations around the world.
Based in Daphne, Ala., the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.