The International University Sports Federation (French: Fédération internationale du sport universitaire; FISU) is an international sports organization founded (instituted) to develop and promote sport among students.
Founded in 1949 in Merano, Italy, FISU’s main responsibility is the supervision of both Summer and Winter Universiades, as well as the World University Championships. The General Assembly, represented by its members (170 National University Sports Federations) is FISU’s main government body. It elects the Executive Committee for a four-year period, which takes all the necessary decisions for the smooth running of FISU. Fourteen permanent commissions support the Executive Committee in their fields of specialization to facilitate its duties. FISU is funded through subscriptions, organisational and entry fees, broadcast and sponsorship revenue.
Embracing FISU’s motto of ‘Excellence in Mind and Body’, all events incorporate educational and cultural aspects into sports competitions, bringing together sport and academia from all over the world to celebrate in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.