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GWU becomes first partner for ‘pioneering’ SIGA University Network

The Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) has signed up US college George Washington University (GWU) as its first partner in a new venture that aims to unite academic bodies across the world.

The new agreement between the organisations is the first of its kind for SIGA and will begin the SIGA University Network.

The aim of the network is to develop a series of joint initiatives in the field of sport governance and integrity including Masters-level curriculum on sports integrity, thought leadership, research on a wide number of key topics and other initiatives of common interest.

As the world’s largest coalition in the field of sports governance and integrity, the agreement will see SIGA develop a module with Washington D.C.-based GWU in relation to its highly ranked Master of Science in Sport Management programme, creating joint research activities and policy papers on topics regarding sport integrity, as well as mutual support on current and future projects.

Students enrolled at GWU will also have the opportunity to intern, both at SIGA and SIGA member organisations, in 2019.

Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros (pictured), chief executive of SIGA, said: “This new agreement with George Washington University is an important first step for SIGA as we value the role of academia. This partnership is the first of many featuring some of the world’s leading universities to enhance our fight for sport integrity.

“We need a new culture where sport integrity is at the top of the agenda with the hope that current and future leaders will drive the change and reform needed across sporting organisations.

“The principles behind this new agreement are those which are at the core of SIGA's values. We hope through the sharing of information, knowledge and best practice in matters relating to sport we can show how this can reinforce, prevent and more effectively combat the threats to win the fight for integrity while moving our reform agenda forward.

“George Washington University is a highly regarded institution for developing leaders and entrepreneurs in the sport management industry and it is hoped that other universities will join SIGA in the implementation of setting the highest standards of integrity across sport.”