Birkbeck International Office meeting with Sport Management alumni in Seoul, Korea

Birkbeck held its first official alumni gathering in South Korea in April 2013. The group, made up of former Sport Management students, met for an enjoyable evening at a restaurant in Seoul.

The event was attended by 7 Sport Management alumni and Matthew Dean from Birkbeck’s International Office. The students reminisced about their time at Birkbeck, their experience as Sport Management students and their period of living and studying in London. It was a very social, informal and fun evening.

The Korean Sport Management alumni group

The former students have gone on to work in a range of successful careers in the sport industries and beyond, including the Korean Women’s Football Association, the Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association, Dunlop, FourFourTwo magazine and Samsung. All found their Birkbeck course very helpful in terms of the influence it has had on their careers.

The alumni were keen to get in touch with each other, and since Sean Hamil, the department’s director, remained in contact with many of them, it was possible to establish the alumni group and hold the inaugural dinner in Seoul.

Matthew commented “They are all really good ambassadors for the Sport Management courses at Birkbeck. The alumni are happy to share their experience of studying Sport Management at and living in London with prospective students”.

The group plans to hold further social gatherings in Seoul which will give them the opportunity to network and make business contacts with other former graduates, and to meet old friends and socialise.

Birkbeck sports business centre

Birkbeck has long had a reputation as the leading university in London for the study of Sport Management, Sport Marketing and the Business of Football.

Situated within the Department of Management, the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre is proud to have a large number of international students enrolled on its full-time postgraduate programmes.

The quality of Birkbeck’s Sport Management courses is very well known around the world. Their popularity with international students is not only limited to Korea, Matt says. “We receive a high number of applications from Japan, China, Taiwan and other countries in South-East Asia. We also get a lot of interest from Turkey, the USA and European countries.”

Sean Hamil, director of the Sport Business Centre, commented “Sports clubs and associations around the world are realising the need to professionalise their management, governance and marketing activities. Birkbeck’s Sport Management alumni are at the forefront in terms of providing the skills and expertise needed to professionalise the sports industries.”

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How to join the alumni group?

If you have previously studied Sports Management at Birkbeck and are based in Korea, you can join the Alumni Group. Or if you are interested in setting meeting other Birkbeck alumni currently living in your country, contact the Development & Alumni Office

For further advice on studying Sports Management or any other subject at Birkbeck, contact the International Office at Birkbeck

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