Zhengzhou University (Henan Province, China) today opened the first International Korfball Research Center, a multidisciplinary research center aimed at developing academic knowledge on korfball, the development of korfball, and the teaching of korfball.
The inauguration ceremony was conducted by Professor Jiongtian Liu, President of Zhengzhou University, and Dr Jan Fransoo, President of the International Korfball Federation. The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests from the Chinese Sports Ministry, the Chinese Korfball Association, the School of Physical Education at Zhengzhou University, and representatives of the sport department of the Henan Province. Also in attendance were Dr Inglish Huang, President of IKF Asia, and Mr Warman Cheng, Secretary General of IKF Asia.
At the ceremony, Zhengzhou University President Liu announced that Mr Ben Crum has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at Zhengzhou University. WIth this great honor, Zhengzhou University recognizes the scholarship of Professor Crum and the significant contribution he has made to korfball development in China.
The center has been allocated substantial research funding, and will conduct interdisciplinary research on korfball. Until now, research has been conducted on the social values of korfball, and of the development of a new type of shotclock that can attached to the post.
The inauguration was celebrated by an international conference. At the conference, Dr Jan Fransoo outlined a multidisciplinary research agenda for korfball, and Professor Crum outlined his philosphy on korfball coaching theory practice.