Founded in 1949, FISU stands for Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation). FISU was formed within university institutions in order to promote sports values and encourage sports practice in harmony with and complementary to the university spirit. Promoting sports values means encouraging friendship, fraternity, fair-play, perseverance, integrity and cooperation amongst students, who one day may have responsibilities and even key positions in politics, the economy, culture and industry.


Open to student-athletes aged between 17 and 28, the FISU sporting events are the Summer and Winter Universiade and the World University Championships. The Universiades are multisport events staged in odd-numbered years, while the World University Championships are single-sport events staged in odd-numbered years. Besides its sporting events, FISU stages educational events, i.e. the FISU Forum, the FISU Summer and Winter Conferences, the FISU Sport Education Summit and the FISU Seminars.


FISU is composed of 167 Member Associations (National University Sports Federations). Every four years, the FISU General Assembly elects the members of the FISU Executive Committee, its board of directors. Sixteen permanent committees advise the Executive Committee in their specialised areas. For the daily administration of FISU, the FISU Executive Committee relies on the Secretary General, who is assisted by the FISU staff. The FISU headquarters is in Lausanne, Switzerland.



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