World University Games

Today’s Stars, Tomorrow’s Leaders



The Universiade’s roots go back to the start of the 20th century as host cities welcomed student-athletes who celebrate the spirit of friendship and sportsmanship in a competitive environment. Today, the Universiade has been renamed the World University Games and continues to build on this long tradition as the premiere university multi-sport competition in the world.

Summer World University Games

The Summer World University Games takes place over 12 days and consists of 15 compulsory sports. It is scheduled to take place every two years.

To keep both the event programme at the forefront of sport innovation and embrace the host country's sporting legacy, organisers can add up to three optional sports to their edition of the World University Games. 

The 2021 event in Chengdu in China was been delayed until 2023 due to COVID-19 and eventually went ahead between July 28 and August 8.

Rhine-Ruhr in Germany will host the next Games in 2025.

Two more editions have also been awarded - to Chungcheong in South Korea in 2027 and North Carolina in the United States in 2029.

Winter World University Games

The Winter World University Games incorporates education and cultural aspects into an 11-day competition sport programme. The flagship event includes eight compulsory sports and up to three optional sports chosen by the host country. 

The latest edition took place in two-time Winter Olympic host Lake Placid in the United States in January 2023. 

Turin in Italy is the next scheduled host in 2025. 

The host of the Winter Universiade in 2021 was due to be Lucerne in Switzerland, but the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

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Chengdu 2021 dazzles two years later than planned

The 2021 Summer World University Games in Chinese city Chengdu were eventually staged in 2023, two years later than planned due to postponements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Games featured more than 6,500 athletes from 113 countries, with hosts China ending top of the medal table, winning more than 100 golds.

Eighteen sports were contested and Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the Games.

International University Sports Federation Acting President Leonz Eder said he believed the Games had demonstrated Chengdu's position as "a prominent sporting city".

"The venues used will deliver tangible social benefits, demonstrating Chengdu’s position as a prominent sporting city - one that is capable of planning and hosting major international sporting events, including, hopefully, the Olympic Games in the future," said Eder.

"FISU is proud of the long-term relationships we have with our host cities, extending long after the Closing Ceremony.

"In Chengdu a museum is already in place celebrating our shared successes, while a partnership with the Chengdu Sport University will see its students become a special part of our community."

Japan finished second on the medal table, winning 21 golds.

"The success of the event was only possible due to the dedication, passion, patience and resilience of all involved," said Eder.

"I must express my sincere gratitude, both personally and on behalf of FISU, to the Chengdu 2021 Organising Committee, the Federation of University Sports of China, the Government of the People's Republic of China, Sichuan province, and the city and the people of Chengdu for their unwavering support.

"The Games were not only a world-class sporting event in terms of performance, but also an opportunity for youth to come together to brighten and inspire our world."

Chengdu was the third Chinese mainland city to host the FISU Summer World University Games, following on from Beijing in 2001 and Shenzhen in 2011.

Cutting-edge technology was used in Chengdu, including robot cooks which delivered food to athletes.

The city is known as the home of the panda in China with many visitors using the Games to become acquainted with the animals.

A total of 13 new venues were constructed for the Games, while 36 were renovated as part of the city's preparations. 

Among those is the Dong'an Lake Sports Park, located in the Longquanyi District, which was the centrepiece for the Games and hosted the Opening Ceremony which had youth as a theme.

The complex is spread out over 678 acres and consists of one main sports stadium with a capacity of 40,000 and four other multi-functional venues with around 18,000 spectator seats each.

The Closing Ceremony was held at the Chengdu Open Air Music Park.  

"Chengdu has truly made all dreams come true," Eder told the crowd.

"From the very beginning of our journey in China, we have been embraced with warmth and hospitality that words cannot fully express.

"Today as we gather, we share a bittersweet moment, on the one hand over the last 12 days, we have witnessed the best Games ever, on the other, we must now bid a heartfelt farewell to the wonderful city of Chengdu."

Chengdu is also the host of the 2025 World Games.

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Lake Placid 2023 Winter World University Games

Eighty-five medal events were held at the 2023 Winter World University Games in Lake Placid in New York, a two-time host of the Winter Olympics.

Japan topped the medal table after winning 48 - 21 golds, 17 silvers and 10 bronze.

South Korea finished second while hosts United States enjoyed their best-ever Games after not picking up a single medal in 2019.

A moose named Adriondack Mack was named as the mascot of the event.

"There can be no doubt, Lake Placid is the place of legends for winter sports," said FISU's Acting President Leonz Eder.  

"We knew this was and is a very special place. 

"And we had the privilege to be part of it."

The 11-day event was only the second time the Games had been held outside of Europe or Asia.

In all, 1,443 athletes from 46 countries took part.

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Naples 2019 welcomed the world to the Summer Universiade’s 60th birthday

Sitting just south of Rome, Naples was primed to combine the dynamism of university sport with the region's culture and history. It was particularly fitting that an Italian city should host the 30th edition of the event as the Summer Universiade was first held in Turin in 1959.

The city's historic centre, Centro Storico, and natural splendors, like the nearby Amalfi Coast, played an ideal supporting role to university student-athletes in action. 

Sports are a way of life in Italy’s third-largest city. Walking along the famously narrow streets of Naples, football is played everywhere as passionate fans crowd around café televisions whenever Diego Maradona’s old club Napoli play in Serie A.

From the hub of the city to the whole of the region, there were plenty of options for people to either participate or watch from the sidelines as a fan.

The Summer Universiade 2019 hosts ran an efficient operation - one that leaves refurbished sports venues throughout the Campania region for people to enjoy for years. With the passion of sports pulsing through the city, Naples 2019 gave further inspiration to add sports to people’s daily lives, particularly on the university campus.

Even once the Universiade flame was extinguished, the Games have left a bright legacy.

Japan topped the medal table with 33 golds, 21 silver and 28 bronze.

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The Krasnoyarsk Winter Universiade 2019

Krasnoyarsk 2019 was held under the slogan "welcome to real winter" and there is meaning behind the motto. Situated in the heart of Siberia, the place has deep sporting roots.

As the capital of the Krasnoyarsk territory in Russia, the city was ideally suited to cement its position as a top-level winter sports venue. Nineteen athletes from the region have won gold medals at the Olympic Games, with three others becoming Paralympic champions.

Fitting the International University Sports Federation motto of "today’s stars, tomorrow’s leaders", Krasnoyarsk is not only one of the more sporting cities in the world. It is also an academic hub with more than 120,000 university students. All told, the city is home to nine institutions of higher education, including the State Federal University of Siberia.

Krasnoyarsk sits next to the Stolby Nature Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the Eastern Sayan Mountains. The rugged, rocky landscape covered in a deep blanket of snow is an ideal canvas for winter sports competitors.

Krasnoyarsk was not new to the game of staging winter sports competitions and is a regular host to national competitions in Alpine skiing, bandy, biathlon, snowboarding and freestyle skiing. Organisers were particularly enthused that bandy, known as "Russian hockey" in the host country, was part of the Winter Universiade for the first time in 2019.

As the 2019 host, Krasnoyarsk gained its first experience in organising an international multi-sport event at the 29th Winter Universiade. Krasnoyarsk 2019 organisers had the full backing of the Russian Federation, which brought a wealth of experience having already hosted the 1973 Summer Universiade, 1980 Summer Olympics, Summer Universiade 2013 and 2014 Winter Olympics.

The city along the Yenisei River began its bid to host the 2019 Winter Universiade when FISU attributed the event to Krasnoyarsk on November 9 in 2013. Since then, Krasnoyarsk 2019 organisers have been preparing to host the world's premier sports and educational event. 

Legacy benefits are already being felt with curling's World Junior Championships awarded to the city.

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Taipei scores big with Summer Universiade 2017

Preparations for Taipei’s coming-out party as host to high-profile, world-class events were years in the making. Taipei organisers and city planners saw the Universiade as much more than an international sporting event.

When athletes from around the world walked into Taipei Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the Universiade, the stage was set for this to be a city-transforming social movement. Since winning the right to host the event to after the Universiade flame was extinguished to mark the end of the Summer Universiade 2017, Taipei’s commitment to urban revitalisation and public participation has only grown. Taipei shined bright on the world stage.

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The Universiade Through the Years

Summer Universiade

2029 - North Carolina, United States
2027 - Chungcheong, South Korea
2025 - Rhine-Ruhr, Germany
2023 - Ekaterinburg, Russia - SUSPENDED
2021 - Chengdu, China - DELAYED UNTIL 2023
2019 - Naples, Italy
2017 - Taipei, Chinese Taipei
2015 - Gwangju, South Korea
2013 - Kazan, Russia
2011 - Shenzhen, China
2009 - Belgrade, Serbia
1959 - 2007

Winter Universiade

2025 - Turin, Italy
2023 - Lake Placid, United States
2021 - Lucerne, Switzerland - CANCELLED
2019 - Krasnoyarsk, Russia
2017 - Almaty, Kazakhstan
2015 - Štrbské Pleso and Osrblie, Slovakia and Granada, Spain
2013 - Trentino, Italy
1960 - 2011
Chinese city Harbin staged the Winter Universiade 2009 ©Getty Images
Chinese city Harbin staged the Winter Universiade 2009 ©Getty Images
The Summer Universiade 2011 was held in Chinese city Shenzhen ©Getty Images
The Summer Universiade 2011 was held in Chinese city Shenzhen ©Getty Images

World University Championships

University sports deserve the crowning of an international champion every year

Having the Summer and Winter World University Games every other year was not enough for university sport competitors and fans. 

With this in mind, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) launched the World University Championships in 1963 with Handball in Lund, Sweden. Today the Championships season takes place in the even numbered years, filling the gap in the university sports calendar between two World University Games seasons.

The World University Championships give cities - and often universities - the chance to host a major international sport event with minimum cost and complexity. In 2022, 12 stand-alone World University Championship events made for a calendar overflowing with quality competitions.

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2024 World University Championships

In 2024, World University Championships are currently planned in the following sports:

January 12-16Ski orienteeringLenzerheide/Lantsch/Lenz, Switzerland
February 17-18Cross-countryMuscat, Oman
February 22-25Speed skatingHamar, Norway
April 26-27Finnswimming  Manizales, Colombia
May 29-June 2CyclingSan Carlos, Costa Rica
June 6-10SailingDesenzano del Garda, Italy
June 10-16FutsalShanghai, China
June 14-16Rugby sevensAix-en-Provence, France
June 24-30HandballMadrid, Spain
June 25-30Mind sportsEntebbe, Uganda
July 4-6RowingRotterdam, Netherlands
July 23-27PowerliftingTartu, Estonia
August 1-5OrienteeringBansko, Bulgaria
August 2-4CheerleadingSplit, Croatia
August 21-25Modern pentathlonKaunas, Lithuania
August 27-30GolfKuortane-Seinajoki, Finland
August 30-31TriathlonGdansk, Poland
September 2-8SquashJohannesburg, South Africa
September 9-12Sport climbingKoper, Slovenia
November 9-13ShootingNew Delhi, India
TBCBeach sportsRio de Janeiro, Brazil

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2022 World University Championships

FISU opened the bidding for the 2022 World University Championships in November 2018.

The following sports were confirmed for the programme, and included a rowing event for 2023 in London in Ontario, Canada.

February 22-26
Ski orienteeringJachymov, Czech Republic
March 2-5Speed skatingLake Placid, United States
March 12Cross-countryAveiro, Portugal
June 14-17Sport climbingInnsbruck, Austria
July 18-24FutsalBraga-Guimaraes, Portugal
July 20-23GolfTurin, Italy
August 17-21OrienteeringBiel/Bienne, Switzerland
August 24-28Beach volleyballLake Placid, United States
September 10-11TriathlonMaceio, Brazil
September 12-17Mind sportsAntwerp, Belgium
September 16-18Canoe sprintBydgoszcz, Poland
November 7-13SquashNew Giza, Egypt
July 13-15, 2023RowingLondon, Canada

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2020 World University Championships

The 2020 season was due to host 29 World University Championships for student athletes but unfortunately almost the entire calendar was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The geographical spread of the Championships included events in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, but the speed skating in Amsterdam was the only physical sport to go ahead before the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Even then, the last day of competition in the Dutch capital was called off.

The inaugural World University Mind Sports Championship, planned for Bydgoszcz in Poland, did go ahead but took place entirely online in October.

On the 2020 calendar, FISU had been due to welcome three new National University Sports Federations to the hosting family - Argentina for rugby sevens, Morocco for cross-country and Ukraine for waterski and wakeboard.

While Waterski Championships have been held before, 2020 was due to be the first edition with wakeboard as part of the programme. 

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The World University Championships, FISU’s Sport Innovation Lab

From table tennis to taekwondo, the World University Championships are the gateway for new sports and formats to make their way into the World University Games. This allows FISU to experiment with International Federations to enhance sports delivery and innovation.

FISU’s partnership with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to develop and promote a new discipline such as 3x3 basketball is one example. 

Since collaborating with FIBA to make basketball a more versatile sport, the 3x3 format is now the undisputed game of choice on courts all over the globe and is the number one urban team sport in the world.

Mixed-team archery, a competition format first tested and developed at FISU’s World University Championships in 2006, joined 3x3 basketball for its Olympic Games debut during Tokyo 2020.

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University World Cups

“Recognising future trends in sports, the University World Cups are one way through which FISU keeps innovating. Bringing university sport to more school campuses enhances the student experience. The newest member of FISU events combine the best of games, entertainment and culture.”

University World Cups

The University World Cups complement other International University Sports Federation (FISU) events like the World University Games and the World University Championships. These events are played out in a university-versus-university format and their mission is to help bring student-athletes into the fold who might not otherwise step onto the international university sports scene.

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2022 University World Cups

In 2022, University World Cups were held around the world in four different sports.

These were 3x3 basketball, finnswimming, handball and combat sports.

A football event is planned for 2023 in China.

April 1-2FinnswimmingLignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
July 11-17HandballPristina, Kosovo
September 21-30Combat sportsSamsun, Turkey
October 27-293x3 basketballIstanbul, Turkey
October 21-November 31, 2023FootballJinjiang, China

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A Sports Innovation Partnership

There is perhaps no better legacy than giving young people a chance to take part in sports among an international community.

Through the University World Cups, FISU’s aim is to increase sports participation at universities and help student-athletes have university sports experiences that last a lifetime.

As the home of university sports, FISU employees’ day-to-day lives revolve around collaborating with global partners to keep innovating for the future of sports.

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3x3 Basketball: The roots of the University World Cup

With all the sports options out there, why did FISU decide to start the University World Cup concept back in 2015 with 3x3 Basketball? That’s easy: 3x3 basketball is where culture, sport and innovation collide. Already, 3x3 Basketball is the most popular urban team sport in the world.

3x3 Basketball is a game pretty much everyone can play, anywhere in the world. With teams composed of three players, plus one possible substitute, it is easy to field a team. It is just players playing as no coaching is allowed during a competition.

The simplicity of the 3x3 game stands out: all you need is a hoop, a ball, some team-mates, and a little competition. 

There is not even a mandatory surface; a tournament can take place on concrete, asphalt or an existing/temporary court. Bringing sport into the centre of university campus life was the goal FISU set out to achieve with University World Cups. The format has delivered.

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University World Cup Football

Following the success of the University World Cup 3x3, FISU launched the University World Cup - Football in 2019.

FISU's newest sports property set the bar high with its inaugural edition held in Jinjiang, China from November 21 to December 1, 2019.

The tournament in Jinjiang paved the way for the future of university-versus-university competition in the world's most popular sport.

The event was in the works well before the world finals took place in Fujian Province. Sixteen of the best men's teams and eight women's teams had booked their ticket to China through five continental qualifying tournaments that were held through 2018.

There were also quotas allotted to Federation of University Sports of China for home teams, as well as two wildcard teams in both the men’s and women’s draw.

Final standings - Men's competition

  1. University of the Republic (URU)
  2. University of Wollongong (AUS)
  3. Myongji University (KOR)

Final standings - Women's competition

  1. University of Ottawa (CAN)
  2. Paulista University (BRA)
  3. College of Asian Scholars (THA)

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3x3 Basketball - Finals in 2022

The 2022 edition  of the 3x3 basketball University World Cup was held in Istanbul in Turkey following the competition's move from Xiamen in China.

Brazil's defending champions Paulista University reclaimed the men's title while the women's crown went to Chinese Culture University of Chinese Taipei.

Paulista saw off Macquarie University of Australia in their final while Chinese Culture got the better of Monterrey ITES of Mexico.

Final standings - Men's competition

  1. Paulista University (BRA)
  2. Macquarie University (AUS)
  3. Monterrey ITES (MEX)

Final standings - Women's competition

  1. Chinese Culture University (TPE)
  2. Monterrey ITES (MEX)
  3. Royal International University (MGL)

3x3 Basketball - Finals in 2019

During the tournament's fifth edition, defending women's champions Tsinghua University of China and first-time men's qualifiers Paulista University of Brazil returned to campus as the reigning university world champions of 3x3 Basketball after four days of high-intensity hoops.  

Since the inaugural edition, Huaqaio University in Xiamen has hosted this electrifying event on their home court. Huaqiao, therefore, automatically qualify for the finals. The rest of the teams have come through tough continental qualifying tournaments to earn their place in the finals. The 2019 finalists once again represented university teams from all continents.

Final standings - Men's competition

  1. Paulista University (BRA)
  2. University of Chile (CHI)
  3. Huaqiao University (CHN)

Final standings - Women's competition

  1. Tsinghua University (CHN)
  2. University of Vienna (AUT)
  3. Islamic Azad University (IRI)

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3x3 Basketball - Finals in 2018

The 2018 edition took place in Xiamen, China from November 15 to 18, when the tournament was still called the 3x3 FISU World University League.

Chinese teams won both the men's and women's competitions thanks to success for Huaqiao University and Tsinghua University respectively.

Huaqiao University beat McGill University of Canada 21-15 in the men’s final, while Tsinghua University defeated Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University of Ukraine 17-14 in the women’s.

Final standings - Men's competition

  1. Huaqiao University (CHN)
  2. McGill University (CAN)
  3. Vytautas Magnus University (LTU)

Final standings - Women's competition

  1. Tsinghua University (CHN)
  2. Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (UKR)
  3. University of Ljubljana (SLO)

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3x3 Basketball - Finals in 2017

After four days and seven games, two university 3x3 teams strode to centre court to accept the individual medals and team trophy bestowed upon the victors of the 3x3 FISU World University League finals. The two teams, though, took different paths to the title.

In Xiamen, the winning continued as the Chinese Culture University ran the table from preliminaries to finals. To take the title, the team defeated the University of Regina 21-12 in the final.

Mon-Altius Physical Education Institute, meanwhile, took a more circuitous route to the 2017 men’s title. The Mongolian team lost their first two games in the preliminary pool play before finding their groove in the knock-out rounds. Mon-Altius made an inspired run to the championship, defeating the University of Kragujevac of Serbia 21-17 in the finals.

The International Basketball Federation's then secretary general Patrick Baumann, who tragically died after suffering a heart attack in October 2018, claimed he was "very happy" with FISU’s work in developing the sport of basketball, particularly 3x3.

"It’s very cool," he said.

"We’ve been working on this for about 10 years.

"[FISU] brings together the best teams, with a very high level of competition.

"FISU was very fast to jump on the train to help organise 3x3 since basically the beginning.

"It’s the perfect game for university students.”

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3x3 Basketball - Finals in 2016

A total of 32 teams - 16 men and 16 women - from 23 countries competed for the medals. When the dust settled on the men’s side, McGill University beat France's University of Bordeaux. The Canadians defended their title, having also beaten the Frenchmen from Bordeaux in 2015.

In the women’s final, another Canadian team, the University of Regina, took the lead early, but Lithuanian Sports University stormed back. With an efficient offense, Lithuanian Sports University reached the top of the podium by winning 21-14.

The event also featured shoot-out and dunk contests, much to the delight of both the crowd and competitors.

The competition had an impressive reach. CCTV broadcast the games daily, while Eurosport also covered the event. Additionally, FISU TV live streamed all the games and contests to a global audience. 

Final standings - Men's competition

  1. McGill University (CAN)
  2. University of Bordeaux (FRA)
  3. University of Kragujevac (SRB)

Final standings - Women's competition

  1. Lithuanian Sports University (LTU)
  2. University of Regina (CAN)
  3. Chinese Culture University (TPE)

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3x3 Basketball showcases the University World Cup concept in 2015

What started as an idea to bring elite sport events onto the middle of a university campus became a reality when Huaqiao University in Xiamen, China hosted FISU’s first international 3x3 basketball tournament where student athletes competed for their universities instead of their national team.

Dubbed the "World University League" for the first three years, the event proved so successful that FISU grew the programme to include football and changed to the University World Cup in late 2017.

In the inaugural edition of the women’s final, the Chinese Culture University faced off against the Tianjin University of Finance and Economics. Led by China’s Wu Di, who has the distinction of being the first university player in the national team of China, the Chinese Culture University won 21-13.

Women’s League Final 2015

Men's League Final 2015

The men's final, between the Université du Québec à Montréal of Canada and the University of Bordeaux of France, came down to the last play. The Canadian university came out on top with a 17-16 win.

Final standings - Men's competition

  1. Université du Québec à Montréal (CAN)
  2. University of Bordeaux (FRA)
  3. Peking University (CHN)

Final standings - Women's competition

  1. Chinese Culture University (CHN)
  2. Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (TPE)
  3. Monash University (AUS)

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International University Beach Games

International University Beach Games

The International University Beach Games is an event that combines university sport and beach sports.

The Brazilian University Sports Confederation (CBDU) started the process to organise the event in 2015, four years after staging the inaugural Brazilian University Beach Games. 

Competition sees teams representing their universities from around the world. 

The age bracket for participation is the same as in any other International University Sports Federation (FISU) event - 17 to 28-years-old. 

Inaugural edition in 2015

Brazilian city Aracaju hosted the first edition of the International University Beach Games in 2015.

The Brazilian champions of the National Beach Games League competed against teams from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay.

They contested three sports - beach handball, beach soccer and beach volleyball.

The official opening took place in the competition arena, located in Orla de Atalaia, on December 1.

The event was powered by the CBDU and the Brazilian Sports Ministry with support from the Student Athletic Federation of Sergipe and the Aracaju Government. 

It concluded on December 5. 

Brazilian city Aracaju hosted the first edition of the International University Beach Games in 2015 ©FISU
Brazilian city Aracaju hosted the first edition of the International University Beach Games in 2015 ©FISU

Second edition in 2017

Brazilian city Maceió, the capital of the Alagoas state, hosted the second edition of the International University Beach Games in 2017.

The event, which featured men’s and women’s competitions in beach handball, beach soccer and beach volleyball, saw 250 athletes take part with hosts Brazil among the nations to compete along with the likes of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Brazil were represented by universities of the Alagoas state and by the winning teams from the 2016 edition of the country’s national University Beach Games. 

Handball was one of three sports contested at the 2017 International University Beach Games ©FISU
Handball was one of three sports contested at the 2017 International University Beach Games ©FISU

An African team from a student internship in Brazil also competed, contesting the beach soccer competition.

The 11-strong outfit comprised athletes from Benin, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe.

They study in the Federal University of Roraima in Boa Vista and the invitation to participate in the competition was part of the CBDU programme to approach and promote sports, cultural, social and academic relations among Brazilian university athletes and those from other countries.

An African team from a student internship in Brazil also took part at the 2017 International University Beach Games ©FISU
An African team from a student internship in Brazil also took part at the 2017 International University Beach Games ©FISU

In 2016, the internship students participated in the 64th edition of the Brazilian University Games, which took place in the Mato Grosso state.

The CBDU also invited Federation of Africa University Sports President Michael Malumbete, who signed a cooperation agreement for Brazilian and African athletes to make sporting internships.

The second edition of the International University Beach Games was organised by the CBDU, the FISU America and the University Sports Federation of Alagoas, with the seal of the FISU.

The venue for the 2017 International University Beach Games was set on the sands of Pajuçara beach in Maceió ©FISU
The venue for the 2017 International University Beach Games was set on the sands of Pajuçara beach in Maceió ©FISU

Set on the sands of Pajuçara beach, the 2017 event’s arena was designed to offer the best structure to athletes and the general public.

The space consisted of two blocks and had the capacity to receive 3,000 people.

Students from Alagoas state’s public schools, with which the CBDU has signed a partnership to publicise sports practices, were among those in attendance.

All 78 matches were shown live on the CBDU’s Facebook page.

Young Reporters Programme

FISU encompasses more than university sport competitions and the Young Reporters Programme exemplifies this. During every Universiade, aspiring sports journalists are chosen to cover the 12 days of competition - FISU/AIPS

Since the programme began at the Summer Universiade 2011, the Young Reporters Programme has been a smashing success. The young journalists bring a fresh perspective to the storytelling medium. The students have full credential access to the Athletes' Village and competition venues, just like any other professional journalist. With this access, the young reporters have shown an uncanny ability to take audiences behind the scenes, discovering diamond-in-the-rough storylines.

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Bringing Fresh Eyes and Energy to the Sports Journalism Game

The reporting skills young reporters acquire from reporting live to a television audience in hand, or having to write a feature story on a hard deadline is something that cannot be taught in the classroom.

Wanting to report in such a way that the words go from the sports section and grabs your audience's attention is pressure similar to stepping into the Universiade arena on game day.

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A Young Reporter Rising to the Challenge

During the Summer Universiade 2015, a student reporter from the Czech Republic, Lucie Hrdlickova, answered this challenge. The young reporter met in the stadium stands with the day's silver medallist from the 100 metres hurdles, Michelle Jenneke of Australia.

Instead of just focusing the video interview on the Australian’s podium-winning performance, the young reporter chats with Jenneke on her attention-grabbing warm-up routine. The energy between the interviewer and athlete is infectious. The video goes viral.

Sports fans got to witness a young athlete basking in the glow of the Universiade. One of those watching and loving what they were seeing from the young reporter was the national Czech television channel, who hired Hrdlickova as a reporter after the Universiade.

For student reporters, school is still in session.

While the afternoon and evenings at the World University Games are spent chasing down story leads and editing articles, the young reporters are not outside the school scene entirely. To accelerate the learning of best practices, student reporters attend morning lectures on media-related topics taught by sports reporting veterans.

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What the Young Reporters Say About the Programme

By the end of the Universiade, the young reporters surely drank too much coffee to stay awake and probably skipped lunch a few times to get a scoop on a tasty story instead. The young journalists are unanimous as far as the experience goes: "It was awesome."

Or, as the Summer Universiade 2013 young reporter from Australia, Thomas Dullard put it: "This was real life stuff, real life challenges with real deadlines. I would not hesitate telling any budding journalist to get involved with FISU."

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Young reporters at Chengdu 2021

Twenty-four journalists took part in the programme at the Chengdu 2021 Summer World University Games, which were held in 2023 because of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Half of the young reporters were from host nation China with the other half from overseas.

They all participated in a ceremony at the Main Media Centre to mark the start of their work experience at the event.  

Four young reporters returned to the programme after they also worked at the Winter World University Games in Lake Placid in January 2023.

"I hope we all brought a lot of curiosity and excitement to Chengdu, to delve for the hidden stories of these Games, being unafraid of making mistakes, laughing about them together, because that's what this programme is about: learning from mistakes and growing as a professional," Annika Saunas, one of the returning reporters, said.

Riccardo Romani from AIPS and FISU's Michel Bélanger and Stéphane Jobin served as mentors for the young reporters in Chengdu.

FISU secretary general and chief executive Eric Saintrond spoke proudly of the initiative and how it ties to the organisation's education mandate by "helping to train the next generation of sports media".

"This start to the FISU-AIPS Young Reporters Programme provided the perfect, energetic start to what will be a busy two weeks for this talented group of 24 reporters," FISU said after the media centre ceremony.

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Young reporters at Lake Placid 2023

Six young reporters took on roles at the 2023 Winter World University Games in Lake Placid in New York.

Those named were Julieta Boschiazzo of Argentina, Miha Trošt of Slovenia, Annika Saunus of Germany, Diana Hong  of South Korea, Christopher Benítez Cuartas of hosts the United States and Louis Gilles of France.

While leveraging their writing, interview, and video journalist skills to cover events across Lake Placid was their primary role, participants also take part in lectures delivered by experienced journalists, broadcasters and media experts. 

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The international young reporters at Krasnoyarsk 2019

FISU hosted its fifth Young Reporters Programme at the Winter Universiade 2019 in Krasnoyarsk between March 2 and 12.

It was the first time the Programme was held at a Winter Universiade.

With all four previous editions being a genuine success, FISU had a tough selection process to choose six aspiring young journalists to bring the premiere winter university sports event to an international audience.

Those chosen were Danielle Allentuck of the United States, Marilyne Plante of Canada, Peter Lynch of Great Britain, Sonika Aryal of Nepal, Laykin Rudolph of South Africa and James Oana of Australia.

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Young Reporters at the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade 

The Young Reporters Programme for Taipei was a talented mix of 12 students and recent graduates. With a gender equal split of reporters from the five continents of Africa, America, Asia, Oceania and Europe, the team was a strong one to fill the airwaves and articles.

The journalists were expected to file three human interest topics a day, with Universiade sport competition only as a "fil rouge" throughout the stories. In other words, no game reports!

They learnt their craft with advice from the likes of's Michael Pavitt.

For more on the Young Reporters Programme from Taipei, check out this document.

FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy

From helping run the Universiade Athletes’ Village to ensuring a fantastic fan experience, it’s volunteers who make university sport competitions come to life. The FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy trains university students on the skills and areas of expertise it takes to host international championship events.  

FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy in 2023

The 2023 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy took place online between September 7 and 9.

During the sessions participants learned about topics including FISU, volunteer management, leadership skills and the organisation’s Ambassadors' Programme.

Speakers included FISU Acting President Leonz Eder, secretary general and chief executive Eric Saintrond, FISU Oceania secretary general Donna Spethman and acting national secretary for the Nigerian University Games Association Chidiebere Ezeani.

The leaders' academy session also marked the start of the FISU Ambassadors' Programme, with candidates nominated by national and continental university sports federations set to be assigned to the roles for a year.

As part of their roles, the ambassadors will develop and work on action plans to help the development of university sport in their respective countries.

"More than 90 per cent of FVLA participants are new this year, so they only start exploring a whole new world of university sport with FISU and its events," said Albina Rakhmatullina, the FISU student ambassadors programme coordinator.

"I am so happy to guide them and to see them making friends from all over the world. The end of FVLA is only the start of the FISU Student Ambassadors' Programme, the best is yet to come."

As well as the FVLA online sessions, seven National Volunteer Leaders Academies have been established to provide additional opportunities for leaders in Argentina, Chile, Croatia, Brazil, South Korea, Iran and Portugal.

FISU student ambassadors were involved in the celebrations for the International Day of University Sport on September 20, and will take part in various educational and cultural webinars.

FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy in 2022

In June, the first phase of the 2022 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy began and took place virtually, as it has done since 2020.

Excellence, teamwork, innovation, the joy of sport and integrity are all values which were highlighted during Academy sessions that aimed to build a global volunteer community. 

This community is then able to share best practices in volunteer projects, that elevate the delivery of all types of sports events. 

An introductory session included an Opening Ceremony with FISU Acting President Leonz Eder.

FISU education manager Julien Buhajezuk acted as the meeting's moderator. 

This was followed by an overview of the news from FISU with secretary general Eric Saintrond, and education and development coordinator Olivia Margain. 

Team building and a review of the 2021-2022 FISU Student Ambassadors programme rounded out the session.

In September 2022, the second phase of the Volunteers Leaders Academy took place.

This brought together participants from over 70 countries from around the world.

Eder was among the experts that delivered sessions and presentations on a series of topics on the opening day.

The 2022 edition began online in June, before concluding in September ©FISU
The 2022 edition began online in June, before concluding in September ©FISU

Among the subjects included was FISU events, student engagement with National and Continental University Sports Federations, media and communications best practices and development of personal action plans as FISU student ambassadors.

Saintrond also participated before a cultural programme brought the first day to an end.

The second and final day saw students address subjects including volunteer management, an introduction to the FISU Student Committee and insights from experienced leaders and athletes in university sport.

There was also a review of the FISU Student Ambassador Programme and time to consider possible projects on educational and community activities, local FVLAs, sporting events, volunteering management and gender equality.

"I liked all the sessions but especially I like the idea of the action plan," said Cyprus participant Simoni Kyriakou 

"I really enjoy because it gives me the opportunity to discuss things with my federation.

"At the conclusion, participants were welcomed as new FISU student ambassadors and with the experience of FVLA these young leaders are now in a great position to contribute further to the university sport movement around the world."

FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy in 2021

The 2021 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy was again held online, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Russian city Kazan was initially due to serve as host.

A first online meeting was held in June, which gathered students and speakers from across the world to discuss leadership and volunteers management within the framework of international sport.

Discussions included an introduction to FISU, lectures on leadership and presentations on best practice for the student ambassadors programme.

A three-day online meeting was then held in September, which attracted 126 participants.

Included on day one of the programme were workshops, seminars on volunteering and leadership, the sharing of sporting best practices and event management, and presentations on FISU programmes.

An Opening Ceremony featured an introduction video and the Russian and FISU anthems.

There was a virtual flag parade and a welcome message from Leonz Eder, the Acting President of FISU.

Day two began with two sessions to choose from.

These were presentations of the FISU Students Committee or "Media Work in the University Sports World".

A session on leadership best practices, with a focus on the emergence of young leaders, was also held.

This was moderated by Joshua Miethke and Oyunbileg Zorigoo, members of the FISU Student Committee, and Penninah Aligawesakabenge, the head of the sports and recreation department of Makerere University. 

Tatiana Nikulina moderated a session on volunteering, which included the experiences of former volunteers.

Elena Mekushina, who represents Britain, presented the FISU student ambassador plan step-by-step. 

Yoga was a big part of the virtual FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy in 2021 ©FISU
Yoga was a big part of the virtual FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy in 2021 ©FISU

Throughout the whole day, yoga sessions were held to teach the students how to prevent pain after long days of work.

During the yoga classes, students were encouraged to turn on their camera and follow the teacher in different positions with breathing exercises.

Day two ended with a cultural session in which participants were grouped into virtual rooms to get to know each other.

Each participant had to introduce themselves with five sentences, with the objective of creating engagement within the student community.

On day three, FISU's director of education and development, Lilia Barieva, and FISU education and development assistant, Olivia Margain, took to the floor.

They spoke about FISU's ongoing events and potential opportunities for involvement.

Another topic discussed was the Costa Rica 2022 FISU World Forum, while Iranian student ambassador Mahdieh Seraji spoke about her experience at the 2018 edition in Krasnoyarsk. 

A presentation on the FISU Young Reporters Programme included Matthew Barnard, who took part in the programme at the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade.

Christophe Hugl and Kristian D'Amore presented on sports event structures, functional areas and how marketing and sponsorships work.

Egypt's student ambassador Heba Assem also spoke about what it takes to become an effective leader.

At the end of the final day, Eder congratulated all of the participants for their hard work.

FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy in 2020

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) Volunteer Leaders Academy (FVLA) is an educational event that serves as a key part of the international sports and volunteering movement. 

It is aimed at creating a global volunteering community which can share best practices and promote the virtues of teamwork, integrity, innovation and sport itself.

The 2020 edition was a first, given the COVID-19 pandemic meant it was not possible to stage an in-person event.

However, more than 400 participants from 116 National University Sports Federations were involved, covering all five Continental Federations.

The 2020 FVLA was staged online in two parts, in June and September, and 129 new FISU Student Ambassadors emerged.

The online event maintained a strong educational and cultural programme, being overseen by an Organising Committee based at the Innopolis University in Russia.

FISU President Oleg Matytsin opened the first session.

"This event is a great platform - the knowledge and experience will help you in becoming leaders of tomorrow," he told participants.

As ever, participants were encouraged to support International Day of University Sport (IDUS) - a FISU initiative endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and celebrated annually on September 20.

The FVLA typicality involves lectures, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities.

"This new online format of the event was a challenge for us," said Albina Rakhmatullina, FVLA and FISU Student Ambassadors programme coordinator.

"However, we ended up having a fantastic event.

"The end of Volunteer Leaders Academy is the beginning of the Ambassadors programme, so it is the beginning of a tall task that will be done online this year.

"The best is yet to come."

FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy in 2019

Held in the capital of youth and volunteering of Russia, the Summer Universiade city of Kazan, the 2019 edition brought together students representing 80 continental and National University Sports Federations who mastered new skills and shared experiences.

The Academy's main outcomes were volunteer programme projects and concepts for 12 World University Championships due to take place in 2020, although this programme has since been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Celebrations planned for the IDUS were another focal point on the Academy's agenda. During the seven intense and productive days, the attendees participated in various activities, including workshops, round-table discussions, contests, group projects and more.

FISU's international experts, as well as representatives of Organising Committees such as the Ekaterinburg 2023 Summer World University Games and those from the World University Championships 2020, delivered speeches at the forum. Azat Kadyrov, director general of the Directorate for Sports and Social Projects Kazan, also contributed with his expert opinion on the various projects.

Particular attention was paid to the results of the FISU Student Ambassadors' efforts during the last year. Twenty attendees of the 2018 Academy took the opportunity to return to Kazan and share best practices with their future colleagues.

"I did not expect so many people from different countries," said Poland's Tobiasz Nowacki. 

"I know FVLA is really big event but this opportunity to meet so many cultures was great.

"Working in teams during the training sessions was really amazing.

"I learnt so much about how people think and also about volunteer programmes from around the world."

FISU President Matytsin congratulated the Academy participants on the successful event, saying: "You are our future. I hope that now, after the Academy, it is becoming more and more clear to you. Your knowledge is valuable both for you and your national federations, your countries.

"We are sure that returning home, you will remain friends, and the connections you have built at the Forum, will get stronger with time.

"At FISU, we are happy to support you in what you do and make every effort possible on our part to bring university sports to a new level worldwide. 

"Take the best of everything you've been taught here with you. 

"Be true FISU family members and ambassadors."

Upon the completion of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy 2019, more than 80 participants who successfully completed the training were granted the status of FISU Student Ambassadors.

The FVLA was founded in 2017 by FISU and the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan. The aim of the Academy is to build a strong, vibrant volunteering community that shares opinions and best practices in the delivery of volunteer programmes, and projects supporting major sporting events.

FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy in 2018

Participants in 2018 included active athletes such as Canada's Celina Toth, a diver who competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, and Germany's judoka-turned-triathlete Moritz Belmann.

Others included Icelandic swimmer Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir, who finished sixth in the 100 metres breaststroke final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games before announcing her retirement in January 2018. 

They were joined by many other participants who are already active in university sport administration as well as successful mentors from the 2017 edition.

The week consisted of talks from top FISU officials including President Matytsin and secretary general Eric Saintrond. Other presentations were given by representatives from organisations including Education First, the Olympic Committee of Serbia, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and insidethegames, whose then senior reporter Nick Butler spoke about journalism in the modern world.

The 2018 Academy was devoted to the FISU Ambassadors Programme, one of the most ambitious and promising of FISU’s special projects. Their main role will be to serve as an important link between FISU and student communities in FISU member countries, and helping to raise awareness about FISU and university sports among students. Student Ambassadors will promote FISU/Continental University Sport Federations/National University Sport Federations events through social media and help to organise different activities throughout the year, including IDUS.  

Upon successfully completing the educational programme and presenting their projects, all participants of the Academy were awarded FISU Student Ambassador status. All of them signed a pledge to promote sports values and encourage sports practice in harmony with the university spirit.

Extra excitement was generated by the 2018 FIFA World Cup in nearby Kazan. The schedule was rearranged at short-notice so everyone present could attend the Group C clash between eventual winners France and Australia at the Kazan Arena, where they sat on the very front row!

Members of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee made presentations and held workshops on volunteer management. After the theory and the workshop at the venue, participants worked alongside host city volunteers for one shift, gained knowledge, had fun and exchanged experiences with each other. After their volunteering shift as host city volunteers, the future FISU Ambassadors attended the FIFA Fan Fest to feel the energy and atmosphere of the World Cup.

After the end of the educational programme, participants were given a chance to enjoy a sightseeing tour during which they became acquainted with the history and remarkable places of Kazan: the 16th century Kazan Kremlin, "City Panorama" museum and sport venues of the Summer Universiade 2013 legacy. 

The participants had a chance to visit Innopolis, a high-tech city that has its own university. They also managed to get acquainted with local traditions and manners, and celebrated one of the most well-known Tatar festivals called Sabantuy.

The performance and contributions of each participant was measured throughout the week. The ceremony was opened by student oaths - Meghan Campson of Australia gave an oath on behalf of all participants. After the awarding of certificates, 10 names of 2018 were announced. These were the most active participants who managed to stand out and earn the most points.

Two of those who impressed were Mahela Bandera from Sri Lanka and Antoine Attard from Malta, who were both selected to present the FISU Ambassadors Programme at the FISU Forum in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk in August 2018.

Eight others attendees were selected to join the FISU staff at either the Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk or the Summer Universiade in Napoli, in 2019.

This group included Toth and Belmann as well as Sweden's Maja Andersson, Namibia's Abassier Leukers, Great Britain's Adam Pratchett, Australia's Meaghan Kempson, New Zealand's Kristy Havill and Poland's Katarzyna Czalej.

Argentina's Mariano Orlando and Aldana Mariana Moreano also worked at the University Sports House in Buenos Aires at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games.

Testimonies from those in attendance

1) Mancini Mahadeo, Trinidad and Tobago

I was privileged to represent my country and the Tertiary Sport Association of Trinidad and Tobago at the International University Sport Federation's FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy held in Kazan, Russia. The experience was an eye opener to see the level of dedication and hard work this organisation commits to making university sports a success throughout the world. Tertiary students from all around the world were invited to be a part of the newly-launched FISU Ambassadors Programme - a programme that sees university delegates tasked with a plan to promote and enhance university sports and to spread the awareness of FISU and their projects. Today I am proud and thankful to say that I am a FISU Ambassador and will do whatever it takes, to the best of my ability, to fulfill and achieve the goals at hand.

2) Moritz Belmann, EUSA

The FISU Academy was a unique opportunity to get in touch with students from all over the world. I learned a lot about university sport in different countries on all five continents. It is impressive to see how different university sport works in the world. But we are all connected with the idea of tolerance, respect and internationality in sport. The FISU Academy was the start of a very interesting journey in university sport. I think students can build up a community and network to exchange their knowledge and experiences during their work. This is an amazing profit.

3) Zrinka Tabain, Croatia

At this year’s FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy, young representatives came from 92 countries to exchange ideas and experiences and that intercultural exchange was enriching for all of us. We had an amazing opportunity to learn from people who are experts in their fields, discussing topics such as networking, anti-doping, media and volunteer management. It was an inspiring experience and I'm looking forward to promoting university sport as a FISU Ambassador.

4) Antoine Attard, Malta

I took part in the 2018 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy held in the beautiful city of Kazan, Russia. One-hundred-and-eleven young and inspiring individuals from 92 countries met up for the Academy to share their stories and ideas on improving university sports participation and awareness with notable speakers attending. I'm profoundly humbled and proud to be recognised for my achievements, in a ranking system, that saw me place in the top 10 participants of the Academy. All the Academy graduated as FISU Ambassadors and I presented the programme on behalf of everyone at the FISU Forum. It's enriching how in just eight days you can improve your cultural competence, networking skills and value of sport education. When the opportunity arises, just do it. 

5) Andrea Ippolito, Italy

When CUSI (my National University Sports Federation) proposed to me to go to Kazan to attend the Academy, I was very enthusiastic and honoured. The Italian participant of the first edition of the Academy told me about his experience and I really wanted to see with my own eyes the richness of this opportunity. 

When different people from every part of the world come together, in peace, sharing their experiences, the result is always very positive.

The Academy was an excellent opportunity not only to learn more about the FISU and promote its mission and university sport in general in our countries, but also to test ourselves and improve our skills and to create a network between us as FISU Ambassadors.

6) Celina Toth, Canada 

We were host city volunteers of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup! We had a four-hour shift where three of them were dancing and talking to guests and fans with no rest. I had a great time, learned a lot and am looking forward to sharing this experience at home. Lectures and workshops were extremely interesting, too. A special interest for me was the one brought by WADA as I am an athlete myself.  


It takes thousands of volunteers of all ages and areas of expertise to ensure the smooth running of the Universiades, World University Championships, World University Leagues and FISU education events each year.

Aimed at consolidating FISU expertise in sports volunteering, the first FISU Volunteers Academy took place in Kazan in July 2017. The event brought together leaders in sports volunteering from 170 FISU Member Associations and showed the lasting legacy of Kazan hosting Summer Universiade in 2013.

From customer services, press and communications, health services, technology, transport and Organising Committee operational support, to working behind the scenes at sport venues and at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, volunteers are the lifeblood that make major international sports events come alive. Volunteers in all functional areas are set to benefit from the educational events and training happening at the FISU Volunteer Leaders' Academy.

This Academy is a means to help young volunteer leaders from all over the world actively contribute to the international volunteering movement. The first edition of the Academy consisted of seven days of comprehensive educational events for 18 to 27-year-old university students who had volunteering experience and were involved in volunteering activities at their university.

University professors and business coaches shared lectures and master-classes with experts from the International Olympic Committee, UNESCO, WADA and future Universiade organising committee leaders.

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How to apply for the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy

The Academy is open for participation for 18 to 27-year-old university students. Participation in the first edition of the forum was free and organisers cover all participation expenses, including travel, accommodation and meals.

For university students looking to strengthen their candidatures for future FISU Volunteer Leaders Academies, having confirmed volunteering experience and been involved in the organisation of volunteering activities in their university are prerequisites. To apply for participation, the candidates should contact their national university sports federation. General inquiries can be sent to [email protected].