In August 2018 the Academy of the International Judo Federation (IJF) was recognized as an autonomous higher education institution. The online courses of the Academy are powered by GC Engine, the software developed by GC Academy.
Founded in 2013 under IJF President, Mr. Marius Vizer, the IJF Academy has been growing constantly. Currently, almost 2000 students from over 100 countries are enrolled in different types of courses, including coaching, refereeing and management. The accreditation process started in late 2017, took nine months and was carried out by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education of Malta (NCFHE).
Over 50 people took part in the accreditation ceremony and press conference that was held in Malta, on 27 August. Guests included Mr. Godfrey Vella, Chairman of NCFHE, Mr. Clifton Grima, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Education Institute from the Ministry of Education of Malta, Mr. Joseph Cassar, Secretary General of the Maltese Olympic Committee, Mr. Mohamed Meridja, IJF Education and Coaching Director, IJF Academy leaders, instructors and several Olympic and world medalist judokas.
GC Academy CEO, Mr. Levente Nagy-Pál is utmost happy about the successful accreditation:
“IJF is a highly innovative international sport federation that has long ago realized what are the needs of future coaches, that’s why they introduced combined online and on-site education. The online part is run on IJF Academy’s website, which is a very sophisticated e-learning platform where students can study and take exams in their chosen time, in their preferred language. We are especially proud of the generally positive feedback that we receive from our students at the end of each semester. After all, our common aim with IJF is to do our best to educate the future generation of coaches. Now, with IJF Academy being an accredited education institution, our certificates will help our graduated students in their career.”
An important moment during the ceremony was the handover of the accreditation diploma to Mr. Envic Galea, IJF Academy Director by Mr. Godfrey Vella, Chairman of NCFHE. Mr. Vella stated that after the accreditation, the IJF academy is not only recognized in Malta, but in the whole European Union as well. It means that after a successful course, their graduates’ certificate now has much more value in the job market than before.
As all partners in this co-operation are forward-looking, this accreditation is not the end of the development process, only a step forward. As Mr. Envic Galea, IJF Academy Director explained, there are many more developments coming at the IJF Academy in the near future: “With today’s recognition, we are entering into a new era, where the Academy will continue to develop and grow at a very fast pace. The Academy has opened its doors to coaches of all levels. Some of them have dedicated their live to teaching children or preparing judokas for high performance competition. Others were successful athletes, who – after they retired -, decided to give back to judo. We have very good conditions in Malta to continue this amazing adventure. August 27th 2018 will remain an important step forward for our students and for the International Judo Federation.”
GC Academy is pleased to continue this journey of innovation with IJF as their e-learning provider.