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Healthy Campus main feature of Strategic Dialogue in Dubai

FISU 12 May 2023

The 3rd FISU-Asian University Sports Federation (AUSF) Strategic Dialogue recently held in Dubai (UEA) featured the Healthy Campus Programme.

In the presence of Sheikh Suhail Bin Butty Suhail Al Maktoum, Secretary General of the UAE Sports Federation for School and University Education Institutions, Dr XUE Yanqing, President of the AUSF highlighted the value of sports to the well-being of young generations and encouraged more Asian universities to participate in the Healthy Campus Programme.

Fernando Parente, FISU Development & Healthy Campus Director, shared the objective and achievements of the Programme. “To develop a healthy campus at local, national, and global levels, leaders must take into account the interests of all stakeholders. Universities must cooperate at different levels but each of them must be considered with the same relevance,” he said.

Representatives from China, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, the UAE and the ASEAN University Sports Council – among others – shared their strategies and best practices in building a healthy campus.

For example, Beijing University has launched a “smart campus” digital platform to promote the overall health improvement of students at multiple levels.

And the Korean University Sports Board (KUSB)’s campaign uses a similar technology-based approach.

“The aim of the campaign is to promote the value of sports and provide opportunities for students to experience a good quality of life through sports,” said Dr Woong Yong HA.

Using sports leagues, championships and various social media channels, KUSB is trying to encourage both student athletes and ordinary students to get involved in the world of sports.

“All the dreams, visions and strategies should not just be put on paper. Let’s bring them together and act with climate change and sustainable goals in mind when we plan for a healthy campus,” said FISU Acting President Leonz Eder in his closing remarks.