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 Current Structure

The leading organisation for international university sport and a global innovator for organising multi-sport events worldwide, FISU has a flexible and efficient structure.


Through events, forums and continental and national membership networks, FISU increases sports participation on university campuses, therby helping student athletes become both today's stars and tomorrow's leaders.  


The General Assembly

Every two years the General Assembly brings together the national university sports organisations,  which is composed of 174 FISU members. This group elects the Executive Committee and the auditor for a four-year period. They also adopt the budget and the programme of FISU activities.


The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of 23 members. The committee meets twice a year to take the decisions necessary for the proper functioning of FISU. The Steering Committee consists of the President, the first Vice-President, the four Vice-Presidents, the Secretary General/CEO, the Treasurer and the first Assessor. The Steering Committee meets periodically at the behest of the President. This group is entrusted to carry out the business of FISU between meetings of the Executive Committee.


FISU Office

As the home of international University Sports, FISU is located on the University of Lausanne campus.


Situated in a park-like setting adjacent to the university’s sports complex, since January 2018 the base of FISU’s operations can be found at the Synathlon — a building dedicated to sport sciences and international University Sport development.


The venue is the home base to the International Sports Cluster, a kind of one-stop-shop of any organisation or entity that could benefit from university skills in the field of sport. In addition to FISU, the Synathlon houses the University of Lausanne’s sport science operations, the International Academy of Sciences and Sports Techniques (AISTS), and several other globally minded sports organisations.

The House of International University Sport - FISU Headquarters

The Committees

The committees assist and advise the Executive Committee in the overall administration of FISU. There are 14 permanent committees:

1. International Technical Committees - CTI: one for the Summer Universiade, one for the Winter Universiade and one for the World University Championships; monitors the preparation of competitions from a technical point of view, drawing up the competition programme and ensuring the good running of the event.

2. Sports Management Committee - CGS: ensures that the sports regulations are updated and proposes new rules to the EC.

3. International Medical Committee - CMI: supervises the organisation of medical care, as well as the norms of security and hygiene; supervises the anti-doping control procedures.

4. International Control Committee - CIC: verifies that the participants fulfil the conditions of participation.

5. Education Committee - EduC: promotes the study of university sport by organising the Conference during the Universiade, as well as the FISU Forum.

6. Media and Communication Committee - CMC: inspects and controls all the infrastructures and technical means provided to the press; cooperates with international media to ensure media coverage of FISU events.

7 & 8. Universiade Supervision Committees (Winter and Summer) - CSU: responsible for supervising the progress made in the preparation of the Universiades, by making inspection visits and meeting regulary with the leaders of the Organising Committees.

9. Finance Committee - CF: studies the budget plan with the Treasurer.

10. Committee for the Developement of University Sport - CDSU: responsible for studying all the projects aiming at developing the structures of FISU and its member associations.   

11. Committee for Gender Equality - CEG: responsible for studying all the projects aiming at developing women's sport within FISU and its member associations. 

12. Legal Committee - CJ: advises the EC on all legal matters related to FISU activities.

13. Student Committee - CdE: represents the student athletes and student managers involved in university sports organisations.

14. Disciplinary Committee - CD: preserves the integrity and reputation of FISU and FISU events, and contributes to ensure the security of the FISU student athletes.


Objectives of FISU

In order to promote its philosophy and fulfil its mission during this decade, FISU has decided to concentrate on the following objectives

  • Ensure the quality of its sporting events by entrusting the members of its commissions with the task of guarateeing the right execution of the specifications and regulations sent to the organisers, through close cooperation with the technical directors of the International Sports Federations.
  • Develop its reputation and assert itself in university and sports circles, so as to enhance its credibility and that of the movement.
  • Develop existing national federations in the various countries and support them in their dealings with governments.
  • Contribute through study commissions to strengthen the links between universities, the sports movement and students.
  • Approach political and economic authorities, as well as the media, to obtain new funding sources for the development of university sport in all countries.
  • Identify a sports development programme through education, and establish a set of moral standards in line with the evolution of contemporary sport and educational issues throughout the world.



In the past few years, FISU has considerably increased the frequency and quality of its publications

  • The federation's main publication is the "FISU Magazine", which is distributed worldwide. It promotes upcoming events and provides the most complete information about events that have already taken place as well as all the activities of the federation.
  • The "FISU Newsletter" is send out on a regular basis to the members of the FISU Family and gives an update on the latest events within the international university sports movement.
  • The "Internet Website" gathers several publications such as the statutes, regulations, calendar, press releases, results, statistics and above all, the Internet links of the FISU movement.