The IBU today signed a cooperation agreement with Mid Sweden University to strengthen research and education opportunities for the benefit of biathlon and its athletes.
The agreement aims to develop joint course programmes as well as foster cooperation and exchange programs concerning teaching, research, athletes, coaches and student education. The two organisations will work together to coordinate researcher/scholar exchange, scientific investigations, manuscript development, meeting organization, outreach, and advocacy. Cooperation will include joint courses and programmes, the organisation of seminars and conferences, access to educational equipment and materials, and the exchange of teaching and research staff. The Mid Sweden University is the first IBU Academy University Partner.
The agreement was signed by IBU President Olle Dahlin and Anna Olofsson, Dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences from Mid Sweden University at a ceremony on the sidelines of the IBU World Cup in Östersund.
IBU President Dahlin said:
“The IBU is delighted to sign this cooperation agreement with Mid Sweden University and advance our capacity for research and education. Mid Sweden University is a highly-respected institution and well-known for its expertise in winter sports and biathlon. This agreement is a first-of-its-kind for the IBU and is part of our ongoing commitment to developing partnerships with international Universities that can support the excellent education and research work being done by our IBU Academy.”
IBU Development Director Dagmara Gerasimuk said:
“With the Swedish Federation, we have already a strong partner which supports us in our coach education programme, especially with our courses in Östersund. The Mid Sweden University as our academic partner will be the perfect complement for the IBU Academy courses. Furthermore, we see a lot of options for projects like the Dual Career Programme, the Research Grant Programme which we want to accomplish with partners like the Mid Sweden University.”