Embracing FISU’s motto of “Excellence in Mind and Body,” the Universiade draws thousands of student-athletes from around the world every two years for summer and winter editions of the event. The Universiade is the largest multi-sport event in the world apart from the Olympic Games.



 The Universiade’s roots go back to the start of the twentieth century as host cities welcomed students-athletes who celebrate the spirit of friendship and sportsmanship in a competitive environment. Today the Universiade builds on this long tradition as the premiere university multi-sport competition in the world.

Summer Universiade

The Summer Universiade takes place over 12 days and consists of 15 compulsory sports. To keep both the event programme at the forefront of sport innovation and embrace the host country’s sporting legacy, organisers can add up to three optional sports to their edition of the Universiade.

At the 2017 Summer Universiade 10,657 athletes and officials from 134 countries took part in Taipei.

Winter Universiade

The Winter Universiade incorporates education and cultural aspects into an 11-day competition sport programme. The Winter Universiade includes eight compulsory sports and up to three optional sports chosen by host country. At the 2017 Winter Universiade, 1,605 athletes from 56 countries competed in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The 2019 host of the Winter Universiade is Krasnoyarsk, Russian.

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What’s to come at the 29th Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk

When Krasnoyarsk 2019 organisers say, “welcome to real winter” there’s meaning behind the motto. Situated in the heart of Siberia, the place has deep sporting roots.

As the capitol of the Krasnoyarsk territory in Russia, the city is ideally suited to cement its position as a top-level winter sports venue. Already 19 athletes from the region have won gold medals at the Olympic Games, with three others becoming Paralympic Games champions.

Fitting the FISU motto of “today’s stars, tomorrow’s leaders,” Krasnoyarsk is not only one of the more sporting cities in the world. It is also an academic hub with more than 120 thousand university students. All told, the city is home to nine institutions of higher education, including the State University of Siberia.

Krasnoyarsk sits next to the Stolby Nature Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the Eastern Sayan Mountains. The rugged, rocky landscape covered in a deep blanket of snow is an ideal canvas for winter sports competitors.

Krasnoyarsk is not new to the game of staging winter sports competitions and is a regular host to national competitions in alpine skiing, bandy, biathlon, snowboarding and freestyle skiing. Organisers are particularly enthused that bandy, known as “Russian hockey” in the host country, is part of the Winter Universiade for the first time in 2019.

As the upcoming host, Krasnoyarsk will gain its first experience in organising an international multisport event at the 29th Winter Universiade. Krasnoyarsk 2019 organisers have the full backing of the Russian Federation, which brings a wealth of experience having already hosted the 1973 Summer Universiades, 1980 Summer Olympics, 2013 Summer Universiade and 2014 Winter Olympics.

The city along the Yenisei River began its bid to host the 2019 Winter Universiade when FISU attributed the event to Krasnoyarsk on 9 November 2013. Since then Krasnoyarsk organisers have been preparing to host the premier sports and educational event in the world.

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Napoli 2019 welcomes the world to the Summer Universiade’s 60th birthday

Sitting just south of Rome, Napoli is primed to combine the dynamism of university sport with the region’s culture and history. It’s particularly fitting that an Italian city should host the 30th edition of the event as the Summer Universiade got its start 60 years ago in Torino.

The city’s historic centre, Centro Storico, and natural splendors like nearby Amalfi Coast will play an ideal supporting role to university student athletes in action. Just imagine playing for the Universiade tennis title beside the Gulf of Napoli beachfront, with the shadow of Mount Vesuvius to one side and the island of Capri to the other. As a backdrop for competitive summer sport it doesn’t get more impressive than this.

It’s not all UNESCO World Heritage sites and wood-fired pizzerias in Napoli. Sports are a way of life in Italy’s third-largest city. Walking along the famously narrow streets of Napoli, pickup football games spring up in unexpected corners of the city as passionate fans crowd around café televisions whenever S.S.C Napoli and other teams play.

From the hub of the city to the whole of the region, there are plenty of options for people to either participate in or watch from the sidelines as a sports spectator.

The 2019 Summer Universiade hosts are prepared to run an efficient operation – one that leaves refurbished sports venues throughout the Campania Region for people to enjoy for years. With the passion of sports pulsing through the city, Napoli 2019 should add further inspiration to add sports to people’s daily lives, particularly on the university campus.

Even when the Universiade flame is extinguished, these Games are poised to leave a shining legacy.

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Taipei scores big with Summer Universiade 2017

Preparations for Taipei’s coming-out party as host to high-profile, world-class events were years in the making. Taipei organisers and city planners saw the Universiade as much more than an international sporting event.

When athletes from around the world walked into Taipei Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the Universiade, the stage was set for this to be a city-transforming social movement.  Since winning the right to host the event to after the FISU flame was extinguished to mark the end of Summer Universiade 2017, Taipei’s commitment to urban revitalization and public participation has only grown. Taipei shined bright on the world stage.

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The Universiade Through the Years

Chinese city Harbin staged the 2009 Winter Universiade ©Getty Images
Chinese city Harbin staged the 2009 Winter Universiade ©Getty Images
The 2011 Summer Universiade was held in Chinese city Shenzhen ©Getty Images
The 2011 Summer Universiade was held in Chinese city Shenzhen ©Getty Images