The International University Sports Federation (FISU) have announced that they have extended their collaboration with the World Squash Federation (WSF) for a further four years.
The extension of the collaboration between the two organisations came following a meeting between FISU President Oleg Matytsin and WSF President Jacques Fontaine at the SportAccord Summit here.
FISU claim that the collaboration with the WSF has seen the level of its events grow, which offers an ideal platform for university squash athletes.
The extension of the deal between the two organisations has seen the WSF agree to attribute Professional Squash Association (PSA) ranking points to university players from this year onwards.
WSF chief executive Andrew Shelley claimed the new deal was an important step in their collaboration with FISU.
"The World University Squash Championships are already important and popular events in the squash calendar, and to give players the added incentive of ranking points offered as part of the WSF and PSA Satellite Tour can only enhance that," he said.
"Some past World University Championship winners such as France’s Thierry Linco, along with Egyptians Karim Darwish, Raneem El Welily and Ramy Ashour have scaled the heights and have amassed so many ranking points since that they have become great champions – while this starting point will surely be welcomed by current students."
This year’s World University Squash Championship is due to be organised in the English city of Birmingham from September 6 until 12, which will host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.