Schools sign addendum to memorandum of understanding and prepare for faculty exchange

March 17, 2014

Ohio University’s College of Business welcomes University of Bayreuth distinguished guests

ATHENS, Ohio (Mar. 17, 2014) – Ohio University’s College of Business and the University of Bayreuth’s Faculty of Services Management signed an addendum to an established memorandum of understanding which advances cooperation through research, as well as student and faculty exchanges in the sport management discipline. 

Dean Hugh Sherman and Dean Herbert Woratschek sign the addendum

According to Dr. David Ridpath, the Ohio professor spearheading the partnership, the cooperation of the colleges will increase the knowledge base of each, enhance international study options for students, and expand networking opportunities to include Western Europe and its sporting organizations.  The first faculty exchange will take place for the 2014-2015 academic year, when Dr. Ridpath will trade places with Bayreuth colleague Dr. Tim Strobel.

Strobel is a graduate of the University of Bayreuth, which offered the first sport management program in Europe.  He is the author of several books and articles, many of which focus on sport branding.  In addition, says Ridpath, he is well connected to the Formula One Racing community.

 “Having Dr. Strobel as a visiting professor next year will be great for our students,” said Ridpath. “They’ll be exposed to a new faculty member who brings extensive international sports experience to the table.  That broad perspective is extremely valuable, particularly to those interested in international opportunities in sport business.”Dr. Ridpath and Dr. Strobel exchange gifts and greetings

College of Business Dean Hugh Sherman noted that the partnership with Bayreuth is an accomplishment.  The college, which currently collaborates with university partners in the Middle East and Asia, had long wanted to establish connections with a respected European counterpart.  “For several years we’d hoped to partner with a European institution, and Bayreuth, the first sport management program in Europe, seemed like a natural fit.  The access to world-class, globally-recognized sport brands, both German and American, will give our students a more holistic perspective on the global implications of sport business.”

As part of the visit, Dr. Herbert Woratschek, dean of Bayreuth’s Faculty of Services Management, and Dr. Strobel, are presenting research on creating value through sport sponsorships.  Also, students of any major will have an opportunity to discuss study abroad opportunities in Bayreuth.

“I hope that this relationship becomes a cornerstone to our international strategy,” said Ridpath.  “This will allow our students to have more global experiences in the sports industry and personally, I’m looking forward to the exchange as a way to reinvigorate my passion for teaching and expose me to new thinking in the field of sport management that I can bring home to our Bobcat family.”





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