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09 September 2018 | in Education

Education & Development agenda goes one step further

FISU to increase cooperation with ICSSPE

JOHANNESBURG — FISU is all set to play an even greater role in ‘Leadership Development and Governance’ of sport, in cooperation with the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education. At the recently concluded ICSSPE General Assembly 2018 held in Johannesburg, South Africa, FISU participated in important discussions on the economic impact of sport events, gender equality, elite sport and national identity, and many other significant topics with far-reaching consequences in the world of sport. 

As a member of ICSSPE, FISU plays an active role in the development of university sports, the integration of educational programmes into university sports and the realisation of the Kazan Action Plan, among other areas of cooperation. The Kazan Action Plan was adopted on 15 July 2017 by UNESCO’s Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport, MINEPS VI. It marks the commitment to link sport policy development to the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, as well as support to an overarching sport policy follow-up framework and five priority areas for international and national multi-stakeholder cooperation.


During the ICSSPE General Assembly held at the University of Johannesburg and South Africa Olympic Studies Centre, FISU was represented by Dr Verena Burk, FISU Education Committee Chair and FISU Senior Executive Committee Member, as well as FISU Education and Development Director Lilia Barieva.


“FISU would like to increase the cooperation with ICSSPE in sport development programmes, organising FISU World Conferences and FISU Forums. ICSSPE members showed a great interest in the FISU educational programmes and joint projects,” said Dr Burk after the conclusion of the General Assembly. 


The General Assembly has defined ‘Leadership Development and Governance’ in sport as the top priority for the next two years and FISU is a natural ally with its motto of ‘Today’s Stars, Tomorrow’s Leaders’. 

During the visit to South Africa, FISU also visited the National University Sports Federation Office in Pretoria to meet Secretary General Louis Nel and his team. Malumbete Ralethe, President of the continental organisation FASU was also present at a meeting at the University Sport South Africa (USSA) office. At the meeting, the latest achievements of the National Federations were discussed, as well as plans for 2019.