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19 April 2018 | in FISU, Summer World University Games, Hosting

AISTS Study: Region scores big from Taipei hosting Universiade

  • The number one ranked sports management masters programme worldwide just published a economic impact study centred on findings from the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade. 
  • The AISTS study was five-years in the making and demonstrates the strong economic impacts the regional benefited from hosting the event as Taipei 2017 reached millions.
  • Nearly 200,000 people attended the events in person, with over 700,000 event tickets sold


UNIVERSITY OF LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND — Following a successful collaboration on the Gwangju 2015 Summer Universiade study, FISU and AISTS have renewed their partnership to publish an economic impact study on the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade’s effects on the local economy.


The study concentrated on the host city of Taipei and the surrounding region. The report measured the economic impacts in this area over a five-year cycle, from the start of 2013 to the end of 2017. Researchers collected data from the event owner, the local organising committee, event attendees, among other sources.


The 29th Summer Universiade that took place in Taipei City, from 19-30 August 2017, with the games being the largest international sporting event to ever take place on the island of Taiwan.


The serious economic process undertaken to produce the report shows the economic benefits that can occur in a community that hosts a Universiade—not to mention the strong soft power effects commonly associated with the event. Additionally, the report shows the positive impacts hosting a Universiade can have for potential future host cities.


As FISU’s flagship event, the Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects. This allows cities to position themselves as a new destination for young people to study, visit and work, while generating meaningful revenues — all while boosting a city’s international sporting profile. 


The study is available on the FISU extranet for FISU members and an infographic summary can be found below. For more information, please contact education@fisu.net.