13 February 2022

The University of East London (UEL) joined its college University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) in celebrating the opening of their new UCFB Miami campus.

Bringing like-minded organisations together is a key part of UEL's ambitious National and Transnational Academic Partnerships Strategy. The University's strategy seeks to create a 'Global Family', with a network of partners across the world creating unique opportunities to benefit students, staff and the local communities that they serve.

UCFB, including the Global Institute of Sport (GIS) who focus on Master's degrees and executive education, has been a college of UEL since 2020. Both organisations provide opportunities for people starting or furthering their careers in sport, and from 2021/22 onwards all graduates that begin their degrees with UCFB and GIS will receive a degree from UEL.

UEL has helped UCFB in launching its new Miami campus, which is based in the home stadium of Inter Miami CF, the MLS franchise co-owned by ex-footballer and East Londoner David Beckham.

UEL, GIS and UCFB at launch event


Paul Marshall, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Careers and Enterprise) at UEL, said, "We are pleased to support UCFB with the launch of their Miami campus. This exciting expansion will not only increase awareness of the UCFB and UEL brands in the USA but also create many opportunities which will benefit students and staff from both institutions.

"As a careers-led university, we look forward to aligning the expertise and unique industry links across both institutions to enable students to find exciting jobs in sport."

Sharona Friedman, President of UCFB's Global Institute of Sport, said, "We're very proud to launch North America's first stadium-based university campus this week in Miami. This is a landmark moment in our global expansion, and we look forward to providing life-changing opportunities here for UCFB, GIS and UEL students in years to come."

Staff from UEL and UCFB will work together to develop virtual and physical mobility activities, giving students from both institutions the opportunity to work on joint projects. With a wide range of employer links, there is also scope for UCFB to connect UEL students with traineeship or internship opportunities through their Miami campus.

The new campus will also allow both UEL and UCFB students to travel to Miami to participate in UCFB's annual Global Sports Summit, providing opportunities to participate in workshops, meet sports professionals, get behind the scenes of the sports industry and attend cultural and sporting events.

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