Vibrant discussions at the first virtual FISU World Forum

On 12-14 August 2020, the International University Sport Federation (FISU) made history by holding its biennial forum virtually for the first time. Hosted by the Hungarian University of Physical Education, and organised in partnership with the Hungarian University Sports Federation (HUSF), the event gathered more than 1400 participants from 105 countries across the globe to discuss topics related to university sport. ENGSO was represented at the event by President Stefan Bergh, Executive Committee member Filipa Godinho and Communication Expert and PR Liaison, Mariann Bardocz-Bencsik.

Over the course of the Forum, several roundtable discussions and workshops were held on highly engaging topics such as 70 years of FISU, health and inclusion. Responding to the current situation in the world, COVID-19 and digitalisation were also discussed. Speakers of the Forum included Minister of State for Sport of Hungary, Dr Tünde Szabó; Deputy State Secretary of the Hungarian Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Mr Balázs Hankó; International Judo Federation President, Mr Marius Vizer; FISU President, Mr Oleg Matytsin and FISU Secretary General, Mr Eric Saintrond, among others. On the last day, seven projects were presented that teams of students had developed on the topic of “Promoting Positive Impacts of University Sport on the Health and Wellbeing of Students as Tomorrow’s Leaders”.

Making the most of digital technology, the event featured some virtual pastime activities, including digital chess, FIFA 20, quiz game on university sport and a well-designed 3D virtual expo.

After attending the action-packed days of the Forum, we can confirm that FISU delivered on its promise to bring together students and officials virtually to exchange views on the most relevant issues related to university sport. Registered participants are able to access most of the event content on the Forum's digital platform until 14 August 2021. We would like to express our applause for the organisers for putting together a well-organised virtual Forum, overcoming the challenges that 2020 brought into the world.

The next FISU World Forum will be organised in 2022 in Costa Rica.