Consistent migrant flows and increasing diversification are posing new cultural challenges across all European societies, and a great number of people, including children, now need to be integrated and welcomed into our societies. Schools as well as sport clubs are an important vehicle to facilitate this integration.
However, teachers, coaches, schools, and clubs are often under-resourced and under-funded to deal with the new challenges posed by this situation. The objective of the project is to help address these challenges and to develop innovative, evidence-based intercultural pedagogy in physical education and coaching.
It is in light of these goals that two-reputed international NGOs, Right to Play and the Vienna Institute of International Dialogue and Cooperation, came to Cologne, Germany to work with the German Sports University, University of Rome, Foro Italico, and the University of Vienna.
There, the small group of partners began to intensely work on the development of sustainable, innovative modules to equip physical education teachers as well as coaches with the tools to deliver positive, inclusive, intercultural learning experiences.
The proposed modules will aim to equip teachers and coaches with fundamental intercultural skills such as self-reflection and cultural awareness, while proposing innovative approaches that can be integrated into sport sessions.
Following the meeting, draft learning modules will be developed and then first evaluated by the entire project consortium, with a pilot test planned for June 2019 in Munich.
Funded under Erasmus+, EDU-PACT features a consortium of 9 partners including ENSE members the University of Vienna, the German Sport University Cologne, University of Rome, Foro Italico, the University of Southern Denmark, and the International Council for Coaching Excellence as well as the University of Thesaly, the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture and Sport, Right To Play, and the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC)
More information on the project can be found under https://edupact.eu
The University of Rome “Foro Italico”, an Italian state university excelling in the Sport Science studies, in consortium with the Norwegian School of Sport Science in Oslo (NOR), the University of Vienna (AUT), the University of Southern Denmark in Odense (DEN) and the German Sport University in Cologne (GER), leading European Universities in the field, offers a 2-year European Master in Health and Physical Activity (120 ECTS). The program is carried out in English and successful students will be awarded a joint European certificate plus single or double national second level degrees (that are equally valid in Italy as well as in the other European countries).
The development of the program, coordinated by the University of Rome “Foro Italico”, has set out targets favoring the convergence of European Higher Education systems and the creation of an European Higher Education Area. It responds to the need of creating international university programs, whose structure includes studying periods abroad and guarantees an education towards both high professional opportunities and research activities, by making use of regular curricular internships. Master graduates in Health and Physical Activity shall be able to integrate at high level their knowledge of movement sciences, into biomedical, psycho-pedagogical and sociological ones and, in particular, pertaining the use of movement science in the preventive and rehabilitative area, in different age groups.
Who can apply
Graduates in the Sport Science area are eligible to enter the European Master in Health and Physical Activity: in this case they already meet minimum requirements and they have only to pass the entrance examination. Graduates in different degree courses, shall have earned at least 28 ECTS (12 ECTS in the biomedical area, 12 ECTS in Physical Education/Sport/Movement Science and Kinesiology area and 4 ECTS in the psychological – pedagogical sociological areas) in order to be admitted to the selection and, of course, to pass the entrance examination. Also those students who are going to graduate in the fall session are admitted to the entrance examination. However, their enrolment will be accepted on a provisional basis and will be confirmed only if the degree is obtained 30 November.
Entrance examination, scheduled in July (date TBA), will be in English and organized in two parts:
a) evaluation of each candidate’s study curriculum;
b) only candidates in possession of minimum requirements can enter the second part, consisting of an online test to ascertain their basic knowledge of topics related to preventive and adapted physical activity and of an interview on the above topics and on their motivation. Their proficiency in English will be also tested.
How to apply
You will need to fill out and get ready specific documentation (Application form, Curriculum), that can be downloaded from websites http://www.uniroma4.it and http://www.europeanmasterhpa.it/, where you can also find detailed information about entrance requirements and the program. These documents, in addition to the pre-enrolment procedure indicated in the official announcement, shall be received by the European Master Board by deadline (15 July 2016, at 13:00 CET) in compliance with the conditions published on the above mentioned websites.