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 "Today's Stars, Tomorrow's Leaders."
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 – the summer edition of the FISU World University Games, the 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/regions 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.
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.
The FISU President is elected by the General Assembly. President Oleg Matytsin was elected to office in November 2015 and reaffirmed for a second four-year term in 2019. He is also a member of the Presidential Council of the Russian Federation for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport, a member of the International Fair Play Committee, a member of the prestigious IOC Education Commission and has been recognised with the Order of Honour of the Russian Federation accolade by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"FISU's goal is to help students worldwide use the tool of university sport to reach their potential in life, thereby becoming tomorrow's leaders at a local, national and international level. FISU unites people, educates them through sport and helps them lead healthy lives."
President Oleg Matytsin
FISU Secretary General & CEO
The FISU Secretariat is placed under the responsibility of the CEO and Secretary General. Eric Saintrond has been with FISU since 1985 and has held the Secretary General - CEO position since 2007.
"FISU is the only global organization providing world-class international sports events to students that at the same time supporting their academic development. As the bridge between university sport and education, we believe our responsibility is towards all the millions of university students across the world and not just elite athletes.”
Secretary General & CEO Eric Saintrond