Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Dual Careers for pro athletes: it’s all about collaboration

19 Nov 2018 16:07 | Communication

U!REKA partners Edinburgh Napier University and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) are collaborating to strengthen their expertise in Dual Careers (DC). This programme gives elite athletes the flexibility to complete their degree programme while competing in elite sports (including professional sports).

Bundling their strengths in this area, Napier is advising AUAS on remote learning, while the AUAS is helping Napier to develop its DC policy.

Napier’s ambition is to become the leading Dual Career (DC) institute of Scotland, via its specific DC course offering which is available to all European elite athletes. In return, Napier is helping AUAS regarding the educational concept of ‘module or course specific’ education, and remote learning – specifically when it comes to teaching and testing outside of the classroom.

Sharing expertise

Both universities are building on urban expertise and partnerships within their cities and learning from each other’s experiences. The AUAS has a DC policy in place for more than 17 years, by means of the Topsport Academy Amsterdam (TAA), an AUAS service organisation that gives all elite athletes the opportunity to have a successful DC.

In 2017, there were over 200 elite athletes studying at the AUAS, across faculties and 41 different AUAS courses. Through U!REKA and the collaboration with Napier, this number will only grow.

Napier’s academic regulations recognise that performing or training within elite sport is an acceptable reason to offer flexibility with assessment submissions. However, a university-wide DC policy is still being finalised, with the help of the AUAS.

Napier also has a BA (Hons) Business & Enterprise in Sport Degree, which is a completely online course providing students from all over the world the flexibility to study and compete simultaneously. The overarching aim of the programme is to reinforce the students’ extensive practical experience of elite sport, while building their knowledge of theoretical and scientific principles and business operations acumen.