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From health-based fitness training to experience-oriented outdoor recreation

Double degree program of the “Gesundheits- und Fitnesssport” course of study of the cooperation between Chemnitz University of Technology and University of West Bohemia in Pilsen is ready to launch

A double degree program for the master’s course “Gesundheits- und Fitnesssport” (recreational and fitness sport) at Chemnitz University of Technology in cooperation with the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (UWB) will launch in the winter semester 2017/18. This means that students from Chemnitz can study their 3rd semester in Pilsen and vice versa. No additional study fees will occur. The final master thesis can be either written at the home university or at the partner university. The language requirements for German students is B2 level in English. Language requirement for Czech students is B2 level in German. The lectures at Chemnitz University are held in German and at UWB in Czech and English, but are also offered for German students in German and English.

“Students of the double degree program obtain international experience and knowledge which prospectively contribute to an active and successful occupation in the field of health promotion when dealing with other cultures and mindsets”, says Prof. Henry Schulz from the Institute of Human Movement Science and Health at Chemnitz University of Technology. “The acquired competencies will help the graduates to become influential contact persons for international operating companies and institutions of the healthcare sector”, adds Mgr. Vaclav Salcman of the Faculty of Education at University West Bohemia. Both universities already cooperate for many years in the course of research projects regarding health-related subjects.

Evidence-based, movement-based contents of prevention and healthcare for children, young adults, adults, and seniors is conveyed in this transnational double degree program. This program is previously unique in Saxony as well as in the Czech Republic and is aimed at bachelor graduates of sport science study programs. Amongst those is also the bachelor program Sports Science for Preventative Exercise, Rehabilitation and Fitness at Chemnitz University. Specific subjects regarding sport and movement in the working world are taught in the double degree study program. This includes, for example, the role of workplace health promotion, exercise measures at the work place, possibilities of employee motivation through sport, or movement in the framework of work life balance. “The study program also considers developments within the society in which a growing confrontation of medialization and physical inactivity stands against an increase of fitness, sport, adventure, and a growing consciousness of health-related topics”, says Schulz.

In the future, career prospects for graduates in both countries in the field of prevention and healthcare promotion are expected especially in fields in which new trend sports, forms of exercise, as well as trainings and movement technologies are introduced to various target groups. “The geographical proximity makes the study program attractive as aside from the scientific education in fitness sport experience-oriented outdoor recreation can be taught with practical orientation”, ensures Mgr. Salcman. The Czech partner has a great expertise in this field. Students of the double degree program can exchange their experiences and gather new ones. Workshops, summer schools, transnational projects, research proposals, as well as staff exchange will be put into practice. “The linguistic and intercultural experience will support the students in the development of their own cult of personality”, reckons Schulz.

Contact: Prof. Henry Schulz, Institute of Human Movement Science and Health at Chemnitz University of Technology, phone +49 371 531 31315, email henry.schulz@hsw.tu-chemnitz.de as well as the Department of Physical Education und Sport Science of the Faculty of Education at University West Bohemia in Pilsen, Mgr. Vaclav Salcman, PhD phone 0042 377636438, email salcman@ktv.zcu.cz

Matthias Fejes
07.08.2017

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