About Us

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​Who we are:

The University of Johannesburg Olympic Studies Centre (UJ-OSC) was launched in 2014 as a hub of reference that drives Olympic studies on the African continent. This Centre and others like it around the world are dedicated to sharing the principles and practices of Olympic philosophies and activities with professionals and researchers. The UJ-OSC is the first such centre on the African continent and the 38th in the world.

By sharing Olympic information and resources, hosting events and promoting academic activities, we aim to enable research and stimulate intellectual exchange. Through our relationship with multiple stakeholders globally, on the continent and locally we are able to provide the most insightful, relevant and up-to-date information on Olympic studies, research and opportunities for engagement in multidisciplinary fields.

We provide:

Education and training

Graduate/Post-graduate programmes:

  • Honours (Sport Management)
  • Masters (MCom; MA; BSc
  • PhD (Doctorate)

Short courses

These are run in response to demand, but cover areas including:

  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • ​Olympic Education
  • Sport development/Sport-for-development
  • Coaches education
  • Movement/Physical education-related themes


  • Books available to order

Burnett C (2007) Moving and Learning: Movement Education for Young Children. University of Johannesburg

  • Manuals
  • Archives

Research and information

We act as a hub for topical research relating to global, regional and local debates and discourses in the following disciplinary fields:

  • Olympic education
  • Sport management
  • Sociology of sport
  • Physical education
  • ​Sport for development and sport development ​