FISU World University Games
16 – 27 July 2025
In 2025, the world will come together in the Rhine-Ruhr region to celebrate sport, science and culture. We are looking forward to great sports, enthusiastic visitors, full sports facilities and many new friendships. We are looking forward to seeing you!
ATHLETES & OFFICIALS
This is where standards are set. The densest university landscape in Europe meets the most sports clubs in Germany in an exceptionally sports-mad region. In short: The perfect place for the FISU WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES!
The Rhine-Ruhr Region
The Rhine-Ruhr region invites you to an international sports spectacle. Athletes will compete for twelve days in 18 sports in 5 cities. Where can you watch and celebrate your favorite sport? Click through and find out more.
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In my career, there was no sporting event where I made more friends than at the World University Games.
28 November 2023 – Berlin
On Monday, November 27, 2023, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (BMI) hosted a reception at the Bundeshaus in Berlin to honor the medal winners of the Summer and Winter FISU World University Games. These athletes were recognized for their exceptional achievements in Lake Placid and Chengdu.
27 November 2023 – Düsseldorf
For the first time in the history of the FISU World University Games Summer, Para Sport will be included in the programme of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU Games. 3x3 wheelchair basketball will celebrate its premiere at the Games in summer 2025. Eight men's and eight women's teams will compete for the medals at the Arena-Sportpark in Düsseldorf.
24 November 2023 – München
The 118th General Assembly of the German University Sports Federation (adh) took place from 19-20 November. One of the main topics discussed was the upcoming Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games, which will be held in Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, and Mülheim an der Ruhr in July 2025, under the patronage of the adh.
23 November 2023 – Düsseldorf
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.
21 November 2023 – München
The German University Sports Federation (adh) has awarded the title of 'Student-Athlete of the Year 2023' to Antonia Kinzel from the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences and Jens Mergenthaler from the Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. This prestigious award recognizes their exceptional achievements in both academics and top-level sports. The announcement was made during the Gala Event on November 18, as part of the General Assembly meeting held in Munich.
20 November 2023 – Geneva
At the 38th FISU General Assembly in Geneva, Leonz Eder was unanimously elected President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The Swiss, who recently served as Interim President, will lead the newly elected Executive Committee, which includes Dr Verena Burk as one of five Vice-Presidents, for the next four years.
13 November 2023 – Düsseldorf
With 20 months to go before the FISU World University Games Summer kicks off, the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 organising committee is launching a regional awareness campaign on Monday, 13 November, in the five host cities of Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr.
11 November 2023 – Bochum
These days the organising committee of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games is hosting delegations from FISU, China and South Korea in Bochum. The purpose of the meeting is to review and learn from the World University Games in Chengdu, which ended three months ago.
9 November 2023 – Düsseldorf
The organizing committee of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games is actively involving students and representatives of university sports in the development of a detailed sustainability concept. Two workshops were conducted to gather ideas and expectations.
6 November 2023 – Düsseldorf
The Organising Committee of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games Summer was pleased to welcome a small delegation from Malaysia to its office. The delegation from Malaysia were visiting the region on business and took the opportunity to also visit the headquarters of the FISU Games 2025.
2 November 2023 – Düsseldorf
The German University Championships (DHM) are once again the national highlight for student judoka. After the 2022 event in Potsdam, Germany's top students will meet in the Schänzlehalle in Konstanz on 4 and 5 November. The Judo University Championships have been one of the biggest competitions in German university sport for years, and this year it is the second largest national university sport event. It is organised by the University Sports service of the University of Konstanz and the Konstanz Judo Club.
31 October 2023 – Bochum
How is the world of sport changing? What influence do modern trend sports have on people's lifestyle? These were some of the questions addressed at the Sport Talk in the Dampfgebläsehaus of the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum. Niklas Börger, CEO of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU Games gGmbH, was one of the guests.
24 October 2023 – Düsseldorf
Helen Kevric has been named the Junior Athlete 2023 by the German Sports Aid Foundation (Sporthilfe). As an artistic gymnast, she emerged victorious in a competition against four other participants and was honored with the prestigious award at Areal Böhler in Düsseldorf last weekend. The Sporthilfe presented this well-deserved recognition to the talented 15-year-old athlete.
20 October 2023 – Jinjiang
About two months after the FISU World University Games in Chengdu, the next major event of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) is coming up. In Jinjiang, China, the FISU University World Cup Football kicks off on Saturday (21 October). The debut of the event was also held in Jinjiang in 2019. At that time, the University of the Republic from Uruguay (men) and the University of Ottawa from Canada (women) won the title.
17 October 2023 – Düsseldorf
The first days of autumn. Germany's sporting summer is coming to an end, and apart from the World Cup fairy tale of the German basketball team in the Far East, many are left with a feeling of disappointment, of missed opportunities, for some even of resignation. The criticism was clear, widespread and left its mark on many athletes. In fact, it is not until the Olympic Games in Paris next year that the sporting low point is expected to be reached.
13 October 2023 – Duisburg
In August, the Regattabahn Duisburg served as the venue for the 2023 ICN Canoe Sprint World Championships, and now it is getting ready for the next major event that will take place in Duisburg's Sportpark in roughly two years. As part of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games, professional student-rowers will gather on the grounds of this world-class facility. On 11 October, Mayor Sören Link gave the go-ahead for extensive modernisation work to meet the high demands of major sporting events.
11 October 2023 – Düsseldorf
With 16 state universities, a total of over 100 higher education institutions and around 760,000 students, North Rhine-Westphalia forms the densest higher education landscape in Europe. We want to use this impressive number to shape something unforgettable together. Just in time for the start of the semester, you as a student can become a part of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games and help plan and implement a major international sporting event in the cities of Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr. How does this work?
9 October 2023 – Düsseldorf
To ensure that the planning and organisation of the FISU World University Games, which take place in the Rhine-Ruhr region in 2025, works effectively, the organising committee of the event is getting the local communities and partners in the respective cities on board at this very early stage. The Rhine-Ruhr 2025 team has taken the lead in establishing local organising committees ('LOCs') at five locations of the FISU Games - Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr.
5 October 2023 – Düsseldorf
From October 3rd to October 5th, Nels Hawkinson, Deputy Head of Delegation from Team USA, visited the headquarters of the organizing committee of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU Games in Düsseldorf. Accompanied by Donna Spethman, Senior Manager International Services, Hawkinson gained an impression of potential hotels for the US delegation and the venues where the sports will take place.
21 September 2023 – Düsseldorf
The INVICTUS GAMES in Düsseldorf came to an end on 16 September with a fascinating Closing Ceremony. More than 500 athletes from 21 nations took part in 208 competitions. The MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA and the adjacent Arena-Sportpark served as the venue. Numerous events of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games, including the Opening Ceremony, will take place there in July 2025.
19 September 2023 – Düsseldorf
Sustainability is a central component of the FISU World University Games 2025. Currently, the process of developing a detailed sustainability concept for the FISU Games is in full swing. In order to collect a wide range of ideas and suggestions, the Organizing Committee of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games invites students and representatives of university sports to the Legacy & Sustainability Workshop.
15 September 2023 – Düsseldorf
Introduced in 2016, the International Day of University Sport (IDUS) has proven its significance in recent years. In collaboration with UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) annually hosts a celebration of sports on September 20th. This event takes place in well over 100 FISU member federations in various formats.
5 September 2023 – Düsseldorf
679 days still seem like a long time to go until the 2025 FISU World University Games in Rhine-Ruhr, Germany, will be officially kicked off. Athletes’ excitement level, however, was already up and on the rise when speaking to them at this year’s edition of the FISU Summer Games in Chengdu, China.
23 August 2023 – Düsseldorf
After the festive handover of the FISU flag to Germany in Chengdu, attention turns to North Rhine-Westphalia, the home region of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games.
16 August 2023 – Chengdu
The delegations from Rhine-Ruhr in Germany (2025), Chungcheong in South Korea (2027) and North Carolina in the USA (2029) took part in the Observer Programme to gain insight into the size and operation of the event as future hosts of the FISU Games. Under the leadership of CEO Niklas Börger, the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU Games gGmbH team spent several days in Chengdu, China, gaining valuable knowledge for their colleagues in Germany.
11 August 2023 – Chengdu
The 31st FISU World University Games closed on August 8, 2023, at Open Air Music Park of Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan province. A total of 6,500 athletes from 113 countries and regions have competed in 269 events across 18 sports. FISU records were broken 22 times during the 12-day competitions. Following Beijing in 2001 and Shenzhen in 2011, Chengdu has become the third city in the Chinese mainland to host the biennial Summer FISU Games.
9 August 2023 – Chengdu
As the curtains close on the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games, the city resonates with stories of triumph, determination, friendship, and dreams coming true. Athletes from all corners of the world converged in Chengdu this summer, each bearing a tale of ambition, unified by youthful passion and the spirit of sportsmanship. Yet, as one chapter concludes, another begins to unfurl. The baton now journeys to Rhine-Ruhr, Germany, a region passionately connected by fire and water.
8 August 2023 – Chengdu
In a solemn ceremony today, 8 August 2023, the flag of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) was handed over to the future host at the Chengdu Open Air Music Park in China. Mahmut Özdemir, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of the Interior and Home Affairs, and Dr Verena Burk, Senior Member of the FISU Executive Committee and Academic Senior Councillor at the University of Tübingen, accepted the flag on behalf of Germany.
6 August 2023 – Chengdu
Finding the balance between sports and studies is a challenge that student-athletes around the world have to face. The participants of the FISU World University Games in Chengdu have shared their practical strategies and stories on how they manage to thrive in both their academic and athletic pursuits. These athletes prove that with determination, discipline, and a well-thought-out plan, it is possible to excel in both domains.
4 August 2023 – Chengdu
On 8 August 2023, the flag of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) will be handed over to the organising committee of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games at the Chengdu Open Air Music Park in China. This special event will take place during the closing ceremony of the FISU World University Games 2021.
2 August 2023 – Chengdu
During the FISU Games in Chengdu, a FISU World Conference was staged to offer young scientists from around the world a platform for academic and social exchange. Jörg Förster, Head of German delegation at the FISU Games in Chengdu and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Organizing Committee of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games presented the concept of the FISU World Conference in 2025.
1 August 2023 – Chengdu
On Monday 31 July 2023, the German Vice Consul General in Chengdu, Julian Lasinger, invited the German team of the FISU World University Games to a reception held on the rooftops of Chengdu. Besides athletes and officials, the guests included the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of the Interior and Community, Mahmut Özdemir, as well as numerous other representatives from politics, business and affiliated international sports federations.
30 July 2023 – Chengdu
The Chengdu 2021 FISU Games were officially declared open on Friday night at the Dong'an Lake Sports Park Stadium. The sports world turned its eyes to China to witness university students from across the globe coming together to celebrate the splendid gathering of youth. The ceremony drew inspiration from the Sun and Immortal Birds Gold Ornament, the logo of China Cultural Heritage as well as a symbol of the ancient local Shu civilization and the Tianfu culture.
27 July 2023 – Chengdu
On 26 July, the first five members of the 16-member Observer Team of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 Organising Committee arrived in Chengdu, China, where the FISU World University Games Summer are taking place from 28 July to 8 August. On the very first day, the team had an important appointment: the presentation of the Progress Report to the FISU Executive Committee.
24 July 2023 – Chengdu
From 28 July to 8 August 2023, the Chinese city of Chengdu will host the 31st FISU World University Games Summer, one of the largest and most prestigious multi-sport events in the world. The local organising committee expects 10,000 best student athletes from about 150 nations. In addition to the top sporting competitions, intercultural communication and student exchange will be at the heart of the event.
12 July 2023 – Rhine-Ruhr Region
June and July were packed with multi-sport events which were held with great success in Germany. A perfect platform for the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games organising team to see on site how the different venues are equipped for the competitions and how the workflows are coordinated. The employees of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU Games took advantage of this opportunity and were involved in the events in various functions.
3 June 2023 – Düsseldorf
On 3 June, the 4th Volunteer Fair took place at Corneliusplatz in Düsseldorf. Visitors were able to get an overview of the range of voluntary activities in the state capital from almost 90 associations, institutions and organisations. For the first time, representatives of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games were also on site.
15 May 2023 – Düsseldorf
On 20 April 2023, the logo of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games was presented at a press conference in the MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA in Düsseldorf. On this day, the mayors and representatives of the five host cities met together with the Organising Committee to report to the public on the preparations and joint work.
1 May 2023 – Düsseldorf
It has been known for almost two years: the FISU World University Games will come to Germany in 2025. But only now, after an intensive restructuring phase, are things really taking off in the Grafenberg district of Düsseldorf. That's where the team of the organising committee (OC) is working, giving the world's biggest multi-sport event of 2025 a face and filling the concept with life. A massive task. But the new management team is tackling it with special commitment and even greater enthusiasm.
21 April 2023 – Düsseldorf
The five host cities - Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr - are making a fundamental contribution to the realisation of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games with their willingness to join forces with their respective strengths and thus make these unique Games possible. For the entire region and the visitors from all over the world.
20 April 2023 – Düsseldorf
From 16 to 27 July 2025, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia will make history. When the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games take place, this will be the first time ever that an entire region will host the world’s largest multi-sport event for student elite athletes.