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International Day of University Sport and FISU Festival


The 20th of September is the International Day of University Sport 

In over 170 countries with more than 60 sports for more than 60 years, FISU has been leading international university sports. The International Day of University Sport carries on this tradition by bringing campus and community together.


Launched in 2016 and officially proclaimed by UNESCO, the International Day of University Sport on 20 September does more than drive general awareness of FISU’s work. It also creates links between universities and their local communities, focused around sport, physical activity and healthy living.




The International Day of University Sport (IDUS) will be celebrated annually on 20 September. It is officially endorsed by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO).


Among others, the day aims at confirming the importance of sport in universities and the role of universities in the community as responsible actors for consolidating and developing quality physical and sport education at the service of citizens. Each year on 20 September, thanks to its network of university associations, clubs and partners, FISU will mobilise the academic world. The events will propose leisure sport activities, competitions, discussion workshops and cultural happenings to citizens of all ages.


IDUS falls within the framework of a multidisciplinary educational project insisting on the need for physical and sport education programmes, sports facilities and scientific studies in universities, with the purpose of fostering social inclusion, minorities integration and anti-doping, combating non-communicable diseases and the ongoing development of scientific research in the field of physical education and sport, taking into consideration the acquisition and transfer of knowledge as well as, and above all, social and economic policy at the local, national and international levels.


FISU Member Associations and the countries member of UNESCO are invited to celebrate this day based on tailor-made events according to their culture and specific needs with the focus that sport is not to be taken out of universities and left to the initiative of the private sector because sport must be fully integrated in higher education and research structures, taking its rightful place in multidisciplinary strategies. All the different partners including universities and municipalities will join efforts to also organise the FISU Festival in the heart of their cities.


Watch the Message from the FISU President for the first edition


Read the Message from Irina Bokova, UNESCO General Director



Guidelines to Organise an IDUS Event



For more info, please contact the FISU Education dept.

email: education@fisu.net


The Festival :

The International University Sport Festival is organised in the heart of a city in order to attract a larger audience than only university students. It is an opportunity to invite citizens to do some physical exercise and bring university sport outside the university campus into the city. It is a specific event with dedicated rules and regulations. At this point of time FISU expects to have one Festival per country. If  you are interested in organising a Festival, check out the Festival Handbook.


Guidelines to Organise a FISU Festival


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For more info linked to the Festival, please contact the FISU Special Events dept.

email: p.hamonic@fisu.net