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World University Championships

The World University Championships (WUC) are part of the sporting events of the International University Sports Federation. Alternating with the Summer and Winter Universiades, they are organised every even-numbered year. The first FISU World University Championship was organised in the city of Lund (SWE) in 1963 and welcomed the best student handball players of the time. 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the World University Championships, which will be celebrated throughout the year.
Unlike the Universiade, the World University Championships are multiple mono-sport events, the organisation of which is delegated to a National University Sports Federation (NUSF), and then to a city and an Organising Committee. Organising a World University Championship gives a city, and often a university, a chance to host an international major sporting event without being a big and rich city. The attribution process of the FISU WUCs starts with a call for candidature. Candidate NUSFs are required to provide a bidding dossier examined by the FISU Executive Committee, which after deliberation attributes the WUC to the chosen NUSF and city.

Following a breathtaking 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan (RUS) where no more than eleven (11) Championship sports where present, as well as a successful year of World University Championships in 2012, where 27 events took place in 17 countries over 4 continents, the 2014 edition of WUCs is at hand.

Starting early March and running until mid-December, the 2014 World University Championships will include a FISU record equalling 29 events in a single year, this time in 24 countries and over the 5 continents (17 Europe, 8 Asia, 2 America, 1 Africa and 1 Oceania).

The Championships will take place for the first time in six countries, i.e. Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.


WUC Organisation

Within the FISU chart, the World University Championship Department is in charge of all administrative and logistical issues. It serves as a link between the different Organising Committees, delegations and international sports federation. 

In addition of this team, an International Technical Committee (CTI), chaired by Mr. Leonz Eder (SUI) and composed of technical experts (CT Chairs) for each sport, is in charge of assisting and following up all the technical sport-related matters.


The World University Championships, the sports lab of FISU

According to FISU's way of working, the World University Championships are the gateway to its sports programme. Indeed, the integration of a sport into a FISU event is made through the World University Championships programme, following a specific procedure. This enables FISU to experiment and implement new activities. In 2012 netball is on the FISU sports programme for the first time, offering top student-players the opportunity to take part in a worldwide tournament. Given that the WUCs take place every two years, FISU can evaluate the popularity and evolution of sports, and contribute to the development of some practices. As an example, from 2012 FISU is a key partner of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in the development and promotion of a new discipline: basketball 3x3.
After a sport has been steadily included into the World University Championships programme, it can apply to become part of the Universiade programme. This process enables FISU to evaluate the interest of its member associations in given sports, as was the case with judo, table tennis and more recently taekwondo.


WUC Sports programme

The programme of the World University Championships is subject to change and currently includes 37 sports.

In order to be as complete as possible, it includes:

  • Individual/ team sports
  • Indoor/ outdoor sports
  • Mind sports
  • Summer/ winter sports


The complete sports programme is the following:






Ski Orienteering







Canoe Sprint*

Nordic Combined



3x3 Basketball

Canoe Slalom & Wildwater




Beach Volleyball*







Rugby Sevens










Ski Jumping

American Football


Cross Country






Speed Skating

Shooting Sports

 Sport Climbing




WUC Programme for 2016

  1. 3x3 Basketball – Xiamen (CHN)
  2. American Football – Monterrey (MEX)
  3. Archery – Ulaanbaatar (MGL)
  4. Badminton – Ramenskoye (RUS)
  5. Baseball – Raleigh-Durham (USA)
  6. Beach Volleyball - Parnu (EST)
  7. Boxing – Chiang-Mai (THA)
  8. Bridge – Lodz (POL)
  9. Canoë Sprint – Cuemanco (MEX)
  10. Chess – Abu Dhabi (UAE)
  11. Cross Country – Cassino (ITA)
  12. Equestrian – Flyinge (SWE)
  13. Floorball – Porto (POR)
  14. Futsal – Goiânia (BRA)
  15. Golf – Brive-La-Gaillarde (FRA)
  16. Handball – Malaga (ESP)
  17. Karate – Braga (POR)
  18. Netball – Miami (USA)
  19. Orienteering – Miskolc (HUN)
  20. Rowing – Poznan (POL)
  21. Rugby Sevens – Swansea (GBR)
  22. Sailing – Perth (AUS)
  23. Sambo – Limassol (CYP)
  24. Shooting Sport – Monterrey (MEX)
  25. Ski Orienteering – Tula (RUS)
  26. Speed Skating – Baselga di Pine (ITA)
  27. Sport Climbing – Shangaï (CHN)
  28. Squash – Kuala Lumpur (MAS)
  29. Triathlon – Nyon (SUI)
  30. Waterski – Akita (JPN)
  31. Weightlifting - Monterrey (MEX)
  32. Woodball - Taipei City (TPE)
  33. Wrestling - Corum (TUR)


You may contact the FISU World University Championships Department through different channels:
Mail: championships@fisu.net
Facebook: FISU World University Championships
Internet: www.fisu.net/World University Championships

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