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A PLACE TO EXCHANGE IDEAS AND BEST PRACTICES

 

Every two years, alternating with Universiade years, the FISU Forum brings together students, officials and other key partners involved in the University Sport Movement with FISU Member Associations. Combining academic sessions with cultural, educational and sporting activities, it is a powerful communication platform for the various university sport communities. This combination gives the Forum an educational value in the broadest sense of the term. 

 

The Forum is held over five days. It usually focuses on one main theme and several sub-themes, each of which is moderated by a speaker specialised in the subject area. Workshops/ seminars on each sub-theme are held every day. The FISU Forum is also a platform for the member National University Sports Federations (NUSF) to share and promote projects and programmes that they have developed, which contribute to the University Sports Movement. With a constantly evolving format, the FISU Forum aims at providing a marketplace for discussions on ideas and projects for its participants.

 

The first edition of the FISU Forum was organised in 1992, which gathered 89 participants from 21 countries. Through 14 editions, the FISU Forum has been organised on 4 continents and reached around 2500 participants. Participants also had opportunities to practice different sports - from curling to handball, badminton to archery among many others.

  

LAST EDITION OF THE FISU FORUM

 

The latest edition of the FISU Forum was held in Krasnoyarsk (Russia) from 6 to 10 August 2018, and brought together 158 participants from 49 countries. The Forum was attended by numerous authorities, including members of the International Olympic Committee, FISU Executive Committee members as well as Russian Authorities. In addition to the different panel discussions, plenary sessions and breakouts, the Forum included a discovery of Curling and the traditional FISU Forum Fair during which each participant could present the activities and cultures of their country. 

 

Main theme 

Student Sport: Springboard for Innovative Leadership

 

Sub-themes

Values, Ethics, Integrity

Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities and Access

Volunteers

Dual Career

 

FISU FORUM - FACTS & FIGURES

Duration: 5 days

Numbers: average 200 participants (but not limited)

Reach: over 60 countries

Frequency: every two years in even-numbered years

Participants: Students, junior and senior university sports managers, representatives of international sports and non-sports federations, organisers of major FISU events and renowned academic speakers, FISU Family members

Held since 1992, every two years

Next edition: 2020 Budapest (HUN), 2022 Kiev (UKR )

 

  

FORUM ARCHIVES

No.

Place

Date

Themes

1

PARALIMNI, CYPRUS

7-13 Sept 1992

  • Should University Sport be directed by student associations or professional directors?

  • Should financial resources go to sport for the masses or high-level sport?

  • Should university athletes benefit from free education and repayment of competition expenses?

  • Should sport be compulsory or optional in higher learning? 

2

 CATANIA, ITALY

25 Sept - 1 Oct 1994

  • Student Democracy

  • Sport for all (beginner to elite) and the need for a fair distribution of resources

  • The need to raise the profile of student sport

  • The need to exchange information about student sport at an international level

3

MADRID, SPAIN

4-9 Jul 1996

  • The presentation of FISU politics and goals through its principal activities

  • A reflection on certain national aspects of university sports

  • The place of university sport in national competitions, relations with academic and public authorities

  • The advantages for a national federation of university sport to organize a FISU event

4

 LULEA, SWEDEN

22-27 Jun 1998

Main Theme

University Sport; a healthy activity based on equality and democracy

Sub-Themes

  • Sport for All

  • Equality in University Sports

  • Democracy in University Sports

5

MONTERREY, MEXICO

28 Jun-1 Jul 2000

Main Theme

The place that sport and physical education occupies within University

Sub-Themes

  • University Sport: Recreation or Education? Community life and responsible citizenship

  • The Administration of Physical and University Sport – motivation of the student and/or teacher supervision

  • Success in University and finding a competitive sport

6

CAPETOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 

9-14 Sept 2002

Main Theme

Challenges facing student sport at the beginning of the millennium

Sub-Themes

  • Student sport as a means of contributing to a healthy, successful society

  • Student sport as a means of contributing to a non-discriminatory society

  • Development of student sport - financing, new trends, major issues, technology

  • Impact of professional sports on university sport

7

 LISBON, PORTUGAL

 21-27 Jul 2004

Main Theme

Education through University Sport

Sub-Themes

  • Educational values of University Sport

  • The social importance of University Sport

  • The unity and mobility of the University Sport System

  • The importance of new technologies in the promotion and development of University Sport

8

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 

25-30 Mar 2006

Main Theme

University Sport, a Tool for Individual Development Understanding Diversity

Sub-Themes

  • Sport & Extra Curricular Activities as a way of life at Universities

  • Role of Sport among Women in different societies and culture

  • Promotion of University Sport

  • Leadership and University Sport

9

KRAKOW, POLAND

1-6 Jul 2008

Main Theme

University Sport: Roots, Strengths and Challenges

Sub-Themes

  • The WHY of University Sport and its different models

  • Volunteering Philosophy as a force in University Sport

  • Funding of University Sport

  • Marketing and Communication of University Sport

10

VIGO, SPAIN

 21-26 Jun 2010

Main theme

University Sport: A Platform for Change

Sub-Themes

  • Development of Strategic Plans in University Sport at the National Level

  • Education and Environmental Awareness through University Sport

  • Women’s Leadership in University Sport

  • University Sport and Academic Recognition

11

TAIPEI, CHINES TAIPEI

26-31 Mar 2012

Main Theme

University Sport: a Platform for Sustainable Development

Sub-Themes

  • University sport as fertile ground for leadership development

  • University Sport – A platform for change and for women’s engagement

  • Sportsmanship as a platform for lifelong development

  • Strategic planning for “eco-friendly” university sport

12

GWANGJU, KOREA

17-22 Mar 2014

Main Theme

University Sport: A Networking Platform to advance technical, social and cultural skills of young leaders

Sub-Themes

  • Ethics: Individual Social Responsibility and/vs University Sport Responsibility

  • Social Media in University Sport: New Challenges

  • University Sport: a Fair Culture for Sustainable Development from gender studies perspective

  • Leadership in Large Scale University Sports Events

13

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE

4-9 Jul 2016

Main Theme

From the origins to the future of University Sport

Sub-Themes

  • Values, Ethics and Integrity
  • Anti-doping
  • Leadership
  • Volunteers
  • Gender equality & Equal Opportunities
  • Dual Career

14

KRASNOYARSK, RUSSIA

6-10 Aug 2018 

Main Theme

Student Sport: Springboard for Innovative Leadership

Sub-Themes

  • Values, Ethics, Integrity
  • Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities and Access
  • Volunteers
  • Dual Career