23 November 2023 – Düsseldorf

Torch Design Competition: Call for Entries

600 days before the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games Summer, the largest multi-sport event in the world in 2025, the Organising Committee is thrilled to announce the Torch Design Competition. We cordially invite universities/colleges, lecturers, researchers, and students from all disciplines to submit their creative ideas and concepts for the torch design.

In 2025, the Rhine-Ruhr region will host up to 10,000 athletes and officials from 170 countries, competing at the highest level in 18 sports. The FISU Games Flame Relay, a key event leading up to the Games, symbolizes unity and connection in the world of sport. It brings together universities and students from all over the world in the months leading to the event.

© International University Sports Federation (FISU)

The torch design competition aims to create a torch that is not only sustainable and technologically innovative but also reflects the rich culture and tradition of the Rhine-Ruhr region. Niklas Börger, CEO of Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU Games gGmbH, emphasizes the competition’s importance: “The torch is not only a symbol for the Games but also for the diversity of our universities and the entire Rhine-Ruhr region. Together, we can make the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games Summer an unforgettable event. We look forward to your participation and your impressive ideas!”

Participation and Selection Procedure:

  • The competition is open to all students, lecturers, and researchers at universities/colleges in Germany

  • Entries must be submitted as visualizations with accompanying concept explanations in the form of digital drafts (image files, 3D renderings, or PDF files)

  • A jury of experts in the fields of design, sustainability, and culture will review and evaluate the proposals

  • The winning team will be invited to the Torch Workshop with an artist to finalize the design in relation to the FISU criteria

© International University Sports Federation (FISU)


  • The winning design will be officially presented as the torch for the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games Summer at a press conference

  • The winners will be announced and promoted on the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games channels

  • Additionally, the winning team will receive:

    • 10 tickets for the opening ceremony of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games Summer, where the torch will light the official flame of the Games

    • A surprise package from the official Rhine-Ruhr 2025 merchandise shop

    • An original torch from the FISU Games Flame Relay

Design Criteria:

  • The torch as an ambassador: Representing the Games and the Rhine-Ruhr region

  • Sustainability: Ecological compatibility, recyclable materials, and innovative ideas for reuse

  • Culture of the Rhine-Ruhr region: Integration of local artworks, symbols, or traditions

  • Tradition meets modernity: Harmonious fusion of tradition and modernity


  • Intention of participation: 31 January 2024

  • Submission of the design: 31 March 2024

Conditions of participation:

Further information on the competition and the detailed conditions of participation can be found here.

Contact for enquiries about the Torch Design Competition: