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The FISU Forum on University Sport: a Place to Meet 

Few organisations in the world give young sports managers and leaders the opportunity to better understand and exchange ideas about the different aspects of the sports environment in which they operate. Every two years the FISU Forum on University Sport brings together students, officials and other key partners involved in the university sport movement and with FISU member associations. Combining academic sessions with cultural, educational and sporting activities, it is a powerful communication platform for the various university sports communities. This combination gives the Forum an educational value in the broadest sense of the term.

The Forum is the only FISU event that gathers all the actors of university sport in one place. Students, junior and senior university sports managers, representatives of international sports and non-sports federations, organisers of major FISU events and renowned academic speakers are brought together for nearly a week to develop and strengthen the worldwide university sport movement.

The major goal of the FISU Forum on University Sport is to share ideas and knowledge on key issues relating to the development of sport and university sport worldwide, and to improve member knowledge about FISU’s mission and current priorities.  Such worldwide exchange on university sport is a supporting programme of FISU to assist its NUSF members to structure and to develop their own university sport models.  The FISU Forum on University Sport is a global platform for university sport discussion.



  • To enhance student engagement;
  • To exchange experiences about university sport;
  • To create networks;
  • To initiate inter-cultural learning;
  • To show and to emphasise FISU’s (leading) role;
  • To network within the NUSF and externally;
  • To link like-minded external organisations to university sport and to FISU;
  • To educate through and within university sport;
  • To display and experience the educational value of university sport;
  • To encourage young leaders in university sport;
  • To offer NUSFs administrative tools to develop their university sport;
  • To learn about new university sport development activities and projects;
  • To learn (university) sport management and organisational skills.



  • Values/Ethics/Integrity
  • Gender equality/Equal opportunities or access
  • Leadership
  • Anti-doping
  • Volunteers
  • Dual Career


The Forum: Facts & Figures

  • Duration: 6 days;
  • Scale: average 220 participants (but not limited);
  • Reach:  60 or more countries;
  • Frequency: every two years in even-numbered years;
  • Participants: students, university sports managers, representatives of international sport and non-sport federations, organisers of major FISU events, renowned academic speakers, FISU Family members;
  • 12 editions held since 1992: Paralimni (Cyprus, 1992) - Catania (Italy, 1994) - Madrid (Spain, 1996) - Lulea (Sweden, 1998) - Monterrey (Mexico, 2000) - Cape Town (South Africa, 2002) - Lisbon (Portugal, 2004) - Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates, 2006) - Krakow (Poland, 2008) - Vigo (Spain, 2010) - Taipei City (Chinese Taipei, 2012) - Gwangju (Republic of Korea, 2014);
  • Next editions: Montpellier (France, 4-9 July 2016), Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation, 2018);
  • Programme: plenary sessions, workshops, special sessions, sports and cultural activities, Forum Fair, in order to provide interactive communication at all levels;
  • Focus: leadership, communication, cooperation, social and life skills of young managers;
  • Objectives: to develop and strengthen the worldwide university sport movement; to develop interaction between all persons involved in sport in higher education institutions; to act as a learning and communication platform on university sport.

Why organise a FISU Forum on University Sport?


Next FISU Forums on University Sport

13th FISU Forum on University Sport 2016

  • 4-9 July, 2016
  • Montpellier, France
  •  Main Theme: 'From the Origins to the Future of University Sport'


14th FISU Forum on University Sport 2018

  • 6-11 August, 2018
  • Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation


Past FISU Forums on University Sport

To find an overview click here.