Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire
Since its founding in 1949, the International University Sports Federation has been the key driver in expanding the role and reach of university sport worldwide. FISU believes that sports values and sports practice are in perfect synergy with the university spirit. FISU offers opportunity and inspiration to students around the world to play sport. The health, wellbeing and experiences that students gain from university sport help them become exemplary leading members of society. Hence, FISU’s motto of ‘Today’s stars, tomorrow’s leaders’. In keeping with this motto, FISU organizes world-class sports and educational events for university students, which promote the pursuit of excellence in mind and body. FISU has identified broad strategic goals that it looks to achieve by effectively executing the FISU Global Strategy 2027, which can be found here.
At the heart of the university sports movement lies FISU’s sports events –Summer Universiade, Winter Universiade, World University Championships, World University Leagues and University World Cup Football. The FISU Sports Programme covers more than 60 sports.
The Summer and Winter Universiades 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 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. There were 33 World University Championships held in 2018. The World University Leagues 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 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 sport 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 Forum and 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. 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."
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 position of Secretary General/ CEO since 2007.
"FISU is the only global organization providing world-class international sports events to students, 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.”
FISU Headquarters in Lausanne
Quartier UNIL-Centre, Batiment Synathlon, 1015 Lausanne - Switzerland
Tel.:+41 (0) 216926400
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