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11 August 2021 | in FISU Healthy Campus

FISU Healthy Campus: insights from the University of Lucerne and University Institute of Modern Languages

FISU Healthy Campus programme can now count on 75 universities to promote well-being around their campuses, reaching approximately 3 million students’ health. With 12 universities from America, 3 from Africa, 18 from Asia, 3 from Oceania and 39 from Europe, the programme’s impact on students and universities’ staff is international. Along with these climbing figures, FISU has now translated the standards documents into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian and Chinese to facilitate the communication with the universities.



“The Universities that are in the programme dedicated their last 3 months actively answering to the self-assessment questionnaire in the FISU Healthy Campus platform and sent their work accomplished in seven domains such as sport, nutrition, disease prevention and risk behaviour for example,” says Fernando Parente, Director of FISU Healthy Campus and Universities Relations.


Doris Schmidli, manager of the University of Lucerne (UNILU), and Prof. Gianni Canova, rector of Italy’s University Institute of Modern Languages (IULM), share their vision on the FISU Healthy Campus programme.


“The focus of UNILU’s research and teaching is related to the human being and society. Everything that has constituted, constitutes and will constitute human beings in their individual and social existence: How they believe and hope, think and talk, cooperate and regulate, decide and act, stay healthy and become healthy,” says Doris Schmidli, introducing the University of Lucern.


“There is no doubt that exercise and sport help the body to be fit and also they have an effect on mental state and exercise promotes mental health. In addition, exercise also improves self-confidence and mood: during studies, sport can be an outlet and provide balance,” adds Doris Schmidli.

From the Italian side, the IULM shares the World Health Organisation’s belief that health is a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.



“The IULM has joined the FISU Healthy Campus programme with the aim of giving a concrete and organic boost to its activities focused on improving the physical and mental well-being of its students and community,” says Prof. Gianni Canova. “Through the process of obtaining a FISU Healthy Campus certification, the IULM has the opportunity to interact within an international network on issues such as physical and mental well-being, healthy nutrition and sustainable consumption, in order to enhance the virtuous behaviors that are already in place and contribute to the identification and dissemination of good practices.”


To integrate the Healthy Campus approach into the overall strategy of the IULM, Prof. Gianni Canova says: “The IULM intends to train young graduates capable of actively contributing to the transformations taking place not only in the public and private organisations in which they will work, but also in the society in which they will live.”


Learn more about the FISU Healthy Campus programme and the certified universities who take part in the programme.


Pictures credit: IULM, UNILU

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