The National Center for Spectator Sports and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Daebal University of South Korea. The agreement includes opportunities for collaboration in education, research and cultural exchange in sports venue operation, safety and security advancement.
The MOU, effective for five years, outlines details of potential programs and activities between the two. Those include joint conferences, seminars and workshops, development of joint academic programs and courses in sports venue operations and the establishment of the South Korea Centre in Sports Venue Operations, Safety and Security.
“International collaboration is critical for the sports security industry and it makes us proud to provide research, training and solutions for other institutions and countries,” said NCS4director Lou Marciani. “It’s flattering when another country reaches out to us for security advancement, and equally important for the center to expand on a global perspective for sports security.”
The agreement comes subsequent to South Korean Security Expert and professor, Dong-Young Lee, of Daebal University spending a year at Southern Miss learning more about the practices and policies established atNCS4.
“Safety and security is not only the business of government agencies but also everybody’s business, matter and issue,” Young said. “Security officials everywhere must understand that cooperation, communication and coordination with other agencies, private sectors and communities are vital to protecting citizens.”
Established in 2006, The National Center for Spectator Sports and Security specifically focuses on research, education, and outreach efforts in sport event security providing an interdisciplinary academic environment to further increase sport security awareness, improve sport security policies and procedures and enhance emergency response through evacuation, recovery operations and crowd management training.
For more information aboutNCS4, call 601.266.6183 or visit www.ncs4.com.