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International Day of University Sport

Promoting university sports around the world

An annual tradition since 2016, the 20th of September is the International Day of University Sport (IDUS). Officially proclaimed by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO), this celebration helps create links between universities and their local communities with sport, physical activity and healthy living playing the leading role.

Throughout the month of September, FISU involves multiple university sports stakeholders and member organisations in IDUS activities, not only as a way to promote its sports events but also to create a debate on university sport and to promote FISU values. IDUS is a platform to exchange ideas, best practices, challenges and opportunities within and through university sport worldwide.

The day of celebration presents an opportunity to share knowledge on key issues relating to the development of sport and the University Sports Movement worldwide, and to improve awareness of the importance of sport in educational institutions, as well as FISU’s mission, current programmes, policies and priorities.

“I am happy to see each year all the activities happening worldwide for the International Day of University Sport – IDUS – and would like to thank you all for the great commitment. Let us not only think of sport and do sport on this special day, but let us take this unifying day as an opportunity to strive for and implement sport and exercise daily, to let it become part of everyday life on campus and in our routines. We wish you much joy and success in doing so!”

– Leonz Eder, FISU President.