Bach further noted that the selected universities give the athletes an opportunity to closely coordinate the demands of high-performance sports and an academic education. This plays an important role in Germany’s ability to compete in world-class sports. Bach emphasized that dual careers for athletes, i.e., compatibility between training in their sporting discipline and completing an academic education, is a key foundation for success in high-performance sports.
The Berliner Verbundsystem Hochschulen – Olympiastützpunkt, or the Berlin Association of University Partners and Olympic Training Centers, is the first of its kind. In light of the sociopolitical importance of elite sports for public education, it is funded by the Working Committee for Sports Funding of Universities in the state of Berlin. The association supports athletes at universities through various measures. Among other things, it advises athletes on their selection of a degree program and provides assistance with applications. It also helps to coordinate flexible attendance, submission of papers, and examination dates, and it plans leaves of absence to allow time to prepare for competitions.
The Berliner Verbundsystem Hochschulen – Olympiastützpunkt is made up of:
- Freie Universität Berlin
- Charité Universitätsmedizin
- Technische Universität
- Beuth Hochschule für Technik
- Hochschule für Gesundheit und Sport
- Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht
- Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft