The United States Sports Academy concluded an Agreement with Manipal University, India’s oldest and most prestigious private university, to provide the country’s first Sport Management degree program in the second most populous country in the world and take a significant step toward building a sports industry there.

The Academy will provide the sports content and other curricular support for the Manipal Bachelor of Sports Administration (BSA) degree. The Agreement brings to reality the Protocol for Cooperation that was signed between the respective institutions in April, 2008.

The Agreement was signed on 30 July in India by Academy Vice President Dr. Thomas J. Rosandich and the Registrar of Manipal University G.K. Prabhu. Dr. Rosandich, who was appointed to the Manipal Board of Studies as the sports education expert, met with faculty and officials to finalize the Manipal BSA curriculum while visiting the campus.

Manipal University was among the first private institutions to be recognized as a Deemed University by the Government of India and has an enrollment of more than 15,000 students from some 52 countries. The BSA program will initially be taught on the Manipal campus in India with the Academy’s courses in the curriculum being delivered by distance learning. Plans call for the BSA to be taught on Manipal’s other campuses in Dubai and Malaysia with the first students to enrolling in the program in the coming Academic year.