In December 2021 the 30th Winter Universiade will take place with Lucerne as host city. The programme consists of sports competitions with international guests in a total of ten winter sports as well as a scientific exchange during the FISU World Conference on Innovation - Education – Sport at the University of Lucerne.
The Winter Universiade was originally scheduled for January 2021, but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Apart from the Winter Olympics the ‘Winter Universiade’ is the largest multi-sport event taking place in winter and is organised by the international university sports association FISU. The sports programme is made up of ten sports: biathlon, curling, ice hockey, figure skating, freestyle skiing, cross-country skiing, short track, alpine skiing, snowboarding and ski orienteering. A total of 67 competitions will be held across seven venues in Central Switzerland and the Canton of Grisons, and 67 sets of medals will be awarded. The participating athletes are students aged between 17 and 25 representing over 540 universities and polytechnics from 50 countries.
In addition to the sports programme, the FISU World Conference on Innovation - Education - Sport will also be held during the Winter Universiade. Plenary sessions, parallel sessions, poster sessions or round tables are scheduled to take place in the building of the University of Lucerne. The main topic of the sports conference is "Challenges and Opportunities in Sport in modern society", with a focus on the three subthemes "Dual Career", "Digitalisation" and "Women in top-class sport". The conference is aimed at students, scholars and researchers from various disciplines such as sports science, sociology, educational science, management, marketing, etc. as well as experts concerned with sport and its integrating function in world society. It is organised by the University of Lucerne, the Universities of teacher education Lucerne, Zug and Schwyz and the Universities of Applied Sciences of Lucerne and Grisons.
The Winter Universiade offers space for innovative projects, scientific research and creative ideas. Students at Swiss universities can actively participate in the organisation with student work.
Around 3800 helpers are being sought for the 2021 Winter Universiade, who will contribute to the event on a voluntary basis. The volunteers' responsibilities include looking after teams, printing results and acting as forerunners. The voluntary work will take place in the host city Lucerne as well as in the other competition venues Andermatt-Realp, Engelberg, Stoos, Lenzerheide, Sursee and Zug. The work as a volunteer offers the opportunity to network with international guests, to experience the multi-sport event together with other volunteers and to watch the 67 sport competitions at close-range. Registration is open not only to individuals but also to whole groups and clubs.