Stamford International University partners with Real Madrid Graduate School for first time in Asia


Stamford International University has teamed up with the Real Madrid Graduate School to launch an MBA in Sports Management in a ground-breaking partnership that is the first of its kind in Asia. The move marks Stamford rising to new levels as it maximises student outcomes by leveraging global opportunities provided by the Laureate network of over 70 institutions.

Earlier this year, Thailand’s press arrived at Stamford’s ultra-modern downtown Asoke Campus to conduct interviews and learn about the new program from representatives of both Stamford and Real Madrid Graduate School – Universidad Europea. Among those giving speeches and presentations were: Dr. Andrew Scown, President of Stamford; Cristina Gonzalez, Director of Real Madrid Graduate School; Dr. Apitep Saekow, Assistant President for Academic Services; and Emilio Butragueño, the General Director of Real Madrid Graduate School and legendary former player for the team. Stamford was also honored to welcome and hear a speech from Khun Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister, as well as hearing from notable guests from the Thai sporting world in a panel discussion.

The event highlighted the fact that it was not only the students who benefit from the program but also Thailand’s rapidly growing sport industry. As Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said in her speech: “If Thailand’s sports want to go international and be sustainable we will need management skills. We want to be the sport hub of the region and inspire people to have dreams in sport. The future is in our hands.”

Laureate Stamford CEO Gilles Mahe reiterated this mission and Stamford’s crucial role. “We know how sports management can help enhance the sports industry in Thailand, where we see huge development year after year. Looking forward, Thailand needs more specialists in the field to lift the industry to the next level. We know that we can support the supply side.” Mr. Mahe also stressed that to fully maximize outcomes, the right expertise was essential. “Real Madrid Graduate School is one of the world’s best known in sports management schools. We’re honored that we can import this expertise exclusively for Thailand.”

Unlike in Europe, the sports industry in Thailand is still developing. The world-class expertise this partnership will bring is a key aspect that Emilio Butragueño, Director of Real Madrid Graduate School, thinks will benefit future sports management graduates and Thailand in general. “It’s a good opportunity for Real Madrid Graduate School to make its presence felt in Asia, where sports increasingly play a more important role in society. The mature market in Europe has generated quite successful stories and lessons learned, lessons that Asian sports management businesses can benefit from and make short-cuts to progress.”

“The collaboration with Stamford through the Laureate network is a solid move that could trigger further activities together in the future,” Mr. Butragueño added.

This is another important milestone for Stamford as it uses its global reach and industry connections to maximize outcomes for its students and benefit the country as a whole. As part of its signature MBA program, students will be offered one of the most flexible learning platforms around, with online and offline learning options and the added bonus of a week at the Real Madrid sporting facilities learning directly from the experts.