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ABOUT FISU

Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire

Since its founding in 1949, the International University Sports Federation is the key driver to expand the role and reach of university sport around the world. FISU believes that sports values and sports practice work in perfect synchronicity within one’s university studies.

FISU offers opportunity and inspiration to students around the world to play sport. The health, wellbeing, and experiences that students gain from sport help them become exemplary leading members of society. Hence, FISU’s motto of Excellence in Mind and Body.

In keeping with this adage, FISU organises world-class sports and educational events, all with the mission of providing university students with the opportunities to pursue excellence in mind and body. To achieve this, FISU has identified lofty goals and a path to achieve them with the FISU Global Strategy 2027. 

At the heart of the university sports movement lies FISU’s sports events – summer edition of the FISU World University Games, winter edition of the FISU World University Games, FISU World University Championships, and the FISU University World Cups. Across the totality of its events, the FISU sports programme covers more than 60 sports.

The FISU World University Games are the largest global sports events for student-athletes. Held every two years in different cities around the world, they bring together thousands of athletes from over 150 countries and have a programme that includes over 25 sports.

The FISU World University Championships are single sport competitions that complement and complete the FISU sports programme. They are also held every two years and give various host cities all over the world a chance to host a major international sports event. In 2020, the FISU World University Championships calendar had 29 events on the year’s calendar.

The FISU University World Cup are unique international sports events that see student-athletes compete for their university teams rather than national teams with the sixth edition of the 3×3 tournament headed back to Xiamen next fall.

Characterised by a special atmosphere, an extensive sports programme, diversity, gender equality and high level of competition, FISU sports events are recognised stepping stones for other major events at the international and continental level. They are open to all student-athletes that have not been out of university or an equivalent institution for more than a year, and who are between the ages of 17 and 25.

Education Through Sport

In addition to the sports competitions, FISU stages educational events and programmes that offer students opportunities for individual development, networking, exchange of ideas and collaborative learning. These events like the FISU World Forum and the FISU World Conference cover a diversity of themes and draw upon a group of highly skilled people from a wide variety of professions. FISU education is focused on helping students and student-athletes acquire and develop leadership skills to enhance their level of participation in society.

International Day of University Sport: Connecting students around the world

An annual tradition since 2016, the 20th of September is the International Day of University Sport (IDUS). Officially proclaimed by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO), this celebration helps create links between universities and their local communities with sport, physical activity and healthy living playing the leading role.

Through this event, FISU involves multiple university sports stakeholders and member organisations in IDUS activities, not only as a way to promote its sports events but also to create a debate on university sport and to promote FISU values. IDUS is a platform to exchange ideas, best practices, challenges and opportunities within and through university sport worldwide.

The day of celebration presents an opportunity to share knowledge on key issues relating to the development of sport and the University Sports Movement worldwide, and to improve awareness of the importance of sport in educational institutions, as well as FISU’s mission, current programmes, policies and priorities.