Several institutions are involved in the organisation of the Innsbruck 2022 FISU World University Championship Sport Climbing.
Find information about the organisers below.
Since its founding in 1949, the International University Sports Federation is the key driver to expand the role and reach of university sport around the world. FISU believes that sports values and sports practice work in perfect synchronicity within one's university studies.
FISU offers opportunity and inspiration to students around the world to play sport. The health, wellbeing, and experiences that students gain from sport help them become exemplary leading members of society. Hence, FISU's motto of Excellence in Mind and Body.
In keeping with this adage, FISU organises world-class sports and educational events, all with the mission of providing university students with the opportunities to pursue excellence in mind and body. To achieve this, FISU has identified lofty goals and a path to achieve them with the FISU Global Strategy 2027.
At the heart of the university sports movement lies FISU's sports events - summer edition of the FISU World University Games, winter edition of the FISU World University Games, FISU World University Championships, and the FISU University World Cups. Across the totality of its events, the FISU sports programme covers more than 60 sports.
The FISU World University Games are the largest global sports events for student-athletes. Held every two years in different cities around the world, they bring together thousands of athletes from over 150 countries and have a programme that includes over 25 sports.
The FISU World University Championships are single sport competitions that complement and complete the FISU sports programme. They are also held every two years and give various host cities all over the world a chance to host a major international sports event. In 2020, the FISU World University Championships calendar had 29 events on the year's calendar.
The FISU University World Cup are unique international sports events that see student-athletes compete for their university teams rather than national teams with the sixth edition of the 3x3 tournament headed back to Xiamen next fall.
Characterised by a special atmosphere, an extensive sports programme, diversity, gender equality and high level of competition, FISU sports events are recognised stepping stones for other major events at the international and continental level. They are open to all student-athletes that have not been out of university or an equivalent institution for more than a year, and who are between the ages of 17 and 25.
The FISU General Regulations can be found here: https://accreditation.fisu.net/WUC-BV-10/Documents/WUC%20General%20Regulations.pdf
Unisport Austria in a nutshell
Unisport Austria is the Austrian University Sports Organisation and takes responsibility for the overall management of university sports and Austrian universities’ participation in international competitions, plus the coordination of university sport at national level, on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF).
The organisation of national university championships and the participation in European and international university championships are just one part of the task. Additionally, the team of Unisport Austria has a strategic field of duty: the national strategic controlling over the whole university sports sector and legally giving direction and financing for all university sports department through performance agreements of their Universities (includes around 90% of national university sports).
Every year about 8 national university sports championships with more than 500 participants and over 115 local university championships with more than 10 000 participants, take place. In grassroot sports the seven University Sports Departments run about 5 650 courses with more than 160 000 participants, held by more than 1 240 instructors and trainers.
The long tradition of university sport in Austria
University Sport in Austria officially started at the University of Vienna, with an imperial-ministerial decree on 24th September 1848. The agenda of university sports has always been part of the performance of the Federal Ministry responsible for the universities. Today Unisport Austria takes over the agenda of the National University Sports Organisation.
The public universities are autonomous and their legally instituted seven University Sport Departments provide grassroots sports and regional championships for students and university staff by choice to every university on site. With 155 000 participants each year, they count to the biggest multi-sport-providers in Austria. Overall, there are 22 public universities, 21 universities of applied sciences, 16 private universities and 14 university colleges of teacher education in Austria with more than 350 000 students and 62 000 universities employees.
University Sports Departments
University Sports Departments play a specific role in the Austrian university sports structure; they support all universities in a particular city, and they provide the essential basis not only for competitions, but also for university sports in general. The University Sports Departments are implemented at the University of Vienna, the University of Graz, the University of Innsbruck, the University of Salzburg, Linz University, the University of Mining Leoben and the University of Klagenfurt.
The University Sports Departments provide over 5,500 courses in over 70 established sports and countless other physical activities. They serve over 140,000 participants every year. Students and employees at all higher education establishments can participate in their courses. The University Sports Departments normally also allow graduates to participate (at a higher cost). Some universities of applied sciences also operate their own sports facilities.
Austria is a founding member of the International University Sports Federation FISU (established in Prague in 1949, 174 member countries) and the European University Sports Association EUSA (established in Vienna in 1999, 45 member countries). As part of these memberships, the BMBWF/Unisport-Austria facilitates student participation in the following competitions:
- The European Universities Championships in up to 23 different sports
- The European University Games
- The World University Championships in up to 32 different sports
- The Universiade (= World University Games), and
- Other international student sporting competitions.
Students in Austria regularly achieve great success while representing their university or establishment at these events.
The aims of sport in higher education
University sport is part of BMBWF’s educational remit:
- It raises awareness of universities’ involvement in society.
- It helps students’ personal development.
- It promotes health management and healthy living among students and university employees.
- It promotes health education through university sport as a means of compensating for high stress factors.
- It helps participants to integrate and build networks of contacts.
Founded in 1669, the Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck is the largest university in the western part of Austria. Located at a traditional north-south crossroads connecting Europe, we are oriented internationally while positioned locally.
Learning from the long and sometimes problematic history of the University, we build bridges into the future. Our strength is managing seemingly conflicting topics in a productive manner: asking globally oriented but regionally motivated research questions; self-confidently breaking with well-established knowledge while consciously respecting traditions; and capitalizing on academic freedom while treating it responsibly. In this environment of balanced diversity everyone at the University acts as a member of society as well as a link to society.
This philosophy is reflected in our current main research areas: Alpine Space, Cultural Encounters - Cultural Conflicts, Economy, Politics & Society (EPoS), Molecular Biosciences, Physics, Scientific Computing and the Digital Science Center (DiSC). All knowledge gained from our research is available to the public to initiate, foster and advance informed discussions and sometimes vigorous debates inside and outside of the academic world.
Who we are
The University of Innsbruck as a vital social force stands for high-quality independent research and education. All members of the University, students and staff alike, actively take responsibility to sustainably contribute to developments at the University and in society. As a University we create an environment where free, creative and daring thinking can prosper and we offer diverse opportunities through comprehensive education. Our leading principles to promote these values are: participation, cooperation, trust and transparency as the democratic tradition demands.
What we do
Based upon the academic ideal of a comprehensive university offering all disciplines, the breadth and depth of academic fields at the University of Innsbruck drive research and teaching while serving society. Research-driven teaching is the basis for leading our students to outstanding achievements in their daily life and professional career. It is also the foundation of higher education and develops future academics. Despite its regional roots, the University of Innsbruck is ready to compete internationally with other higher education institutions for the brightest minds and ideas while collaborating with other universities.
As society continues to rapidly evolve, knowledge generated at the University significantly benefits everyone. It gives guidance but also promotes a culture of scrutiny; it explains connections and leads to new questions. Our educational aim is to strengthen critical faculty and judgement and to improve the quality of life of individuals and society as a whole.
In cooperation with cultural, political, economic and civil society institutions we participate responsibly in public discourse, thereby creating new perspectives for a positive development of society. In addition, we contribute to the self-fulfillment of everyone at the University and facilitate co-determination at all levels. We stay in contact with our alumni and strive to inspire them to the concept of lifelong learning.
What we stand for
Academic freedom is the foundation for our actions. It also commits us to evaluate our work, research findings and new technologies critically and ethically. In this context, it is natural that we use our resources sustainably.
We cultivate open and honest communication treating everyone on an equal footing. It is important to us to value personal achievements and support each other. By guaranteeing transparent structures and policies the University creates a motivating and engaging environment.
The University embraces diversity: people, ideas, life aspirations, opinions and methods, which we promote by striving for (gender) equality, inclusion and facilitating a balance between work, education and life commitments. This diversity is a pre-requisite for insightful and inspiring higher education, academic excellence and social recognition. In this regard, the Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck acts as a role model and is an active advocate for an open society.
University Sports Institute of the University of Innsbruck
The University Sports Institute (USI) is a service facility of the University of Innsbruck to offer the possibility of participation in sportive activities and competitions to all students and employees of the public and private Universities and Colleges of Tirol and Vorarlberg. In case of free capacities all courses can also be booked by the public. Generally around 18.000 people, which leads to 27.000 particaipants, enroll in a total of approximately 1.000 courses within one academic year. The regional competitions "Tiroler akademische Meisterschaften" count a total of approximately 1.000 participants.
Institutions on Campus Sport of the University of Innsbruck:
- University Sports Institute of the University of Innsbruck (USI)
- Institut of Sport Science of the University of Innsbruck (ISW)
- Olympic Center (High Performnce Center to support and train Olympic Athletes)
- Bundessportakademie Innsbruck BSPA (Coaches education as part of the Education Directorate)
- Research Center Snow, Ski & Alpine Sports, GmbH
Course Program - "the heart" of USI
The course program at USI includes various indoor and outdoor sports in the areas of Fitness & Health, Gymnastics, Acrobatics, Track & Field, Ball Sports, Martial Arts, Dance, Trend & New Sports, Sports & Mountain Climbing, Water Sports and Winter Sports. The courses are structured in weekly classes, workshops as well as competitions and are also providing classes specifically for women, children, families, senior citizens and people with disabilities. Starting since 2020 USI is offering Online Courses in the areas of Yoga, Meditation, Pilates and Zumba for example.
Competition and University Sport Teams
USI is hosting the regional academic championships in various sports which are called "Tiroler akademische Meisterschaften" TAM. Over 1.000 athletes male & female are participating each year at the TAM. The selection of sports is based on the current development of university sports and its feasability. The TAM serves as the qualification for all national academic championships UAM, which are organized by Unisport Austria, the Austrian University Sports Federation in cooperation with the respective hosting university. The international university sport is being organized and lead by FISU (Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire) and EUSA (European University Sports Association). FISU is in charge of organizing all Summer & Winter World University Games as well as all World University Championships in all sports whereas EUSA is in Charge of organizing the EUSA Games as well as all European University Cups in all sports.
A real milestone for USI Innsbruck in terms of competition is the reception of the bid for the World University Championships Sport Climbing which will be held on June 13th - 17th of 2022 in Innsbruck. USI is organizing the WUC 2022 together with Unisport Austria and Austria Climbing.
USI Innsbruck is participating in the regional and national championships with their university teams in the sports of Basketball, Flag Football, Handball and Volleyball representing the "USI Avalanches". The teams experience a growing popularity within the student community also through their home matches on Campus Sport which leads to positive effects in the awareness of University Sports in the public eye.
The Austrian Climbing Federation (KVÖ) is one of the most successful summer sports federations in Austria since its admission to the Austrian Federal Sports Organization in 2005. In the focus of the entire thinking and acting of the KVÖ are always the athletes. The primary goal of the association is the creation of optimal conditions for athletes for barrier-free and successful practice of climbing sports. To achieve this, many carefully coordinated measures are required in the areas of infrastructure, personnel, training, sports measures, events and much more. Austria should continue to be seen as an attractive climbing destination in the global climbing community. This can best be achieved by regularly organising international climbing competitions (European Youth Cups, World and European Cups, World University Championship, etc.).