From July 29 to 31, the 31st FISU World Conference was held in Chengdu. Wang Qian, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Chengdu FISU World Conference and Deputy Mayor of Chengdu Municipal People's Government, presided over the closing ceremony. Leonz Eder, Acting President of FISU, declared the conference closed. Yu Xiaoqi, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Chengdu FISU World Conference and Chairman of the Education Department of Sichuan Province, delivered a closing speech. Verena Burk, Senior Executive Committee Member of FISU and Chair of the FISU Education Committee, made a summary of the conference. Representatives from the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region of Germany introduced the 2025 FISU World Conference.
The theme of the Chengdu FISU World Conference was "University Sports: Embracing a Colourful World". The conference focused on topics such as sports, health, technology and culture, and aimed to promote international exchanges and cooperation in university sports. More than 530 experts and scholars from 30 countries and regions including the United States, Australia, Germany, Argentina, Finland, Switzerland and Singapore attended the conference. The conference consisted of main reports, academic dialogues, special presentations, poster exchanges, sports culture exhibitions and city cultural activities. Top experts in related fields at home and abroad exchanged views on the research frontiers, hot spots and innovations in the development of university sports. Wang Qingyuan, President and Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Chengdu University (CDU), was invited to attend the conference and delivered a keynote speech.
At the main conference, more than 10 academicians, experts and scholars at home and abroad delivered speeches around the theme, including members of the Chinese Academy of Science, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Europe, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FISU Education Committee. The conference also carefully organized and designed 13 special presentations and poster exchange activities, covering various thematic areas such as "Health Makes Life Brighter", "Culture Makes the World More Harmonious", "Science and Technology Make the Future Smarter" and "Sports Make Cities Better".
On the afternoon of July 31, participants made special presentations and had discussions centered around "Sports Make Cities Better". The meeting was chaired by Inés Gomez, a staff member of FeDUA Argentina and a member of the FISU Education Committee. The panel discussion focused on sports and urban development, and invited Kozo Tomiyama, Professor of Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences in Japan and Acting Chairman of the third Osaka Sports Revitalization Plan Development Subcommittee, and Professor Wang Qingyuan, CDU President and Executive Director of the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (CSTAM). Wang Qingyuan delivered a keynote speech in English with the theme of "The 31st Summer Universiade: Witness of the Mutual Empowerment and Integrated Development of CDU & Chengdu". He introduced the development history, orientation and characteristics of CDU with three strategies as the key, focusing on "University-city Integration: The Genetic Code for CDU’s Rapid Development", "Two-way Empowerment: Comprehensively Serving the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games to Enhance CDU's Development Momentum" and "Integrated Development: Planning Competitions, Governing Chengdu, and Boosting CDU’s High-quality Development". He also introduced that CDU is the host university of the 31st FISU Games Athletes’ Village, and the Games has brought crucial opportunities for the development of the university. CDU now has world-class sports facilities, university hospitals, student cafeterias, and other infrastructure. It has an excellent student sports activity mechanism and high-level sports teams. CDU has always emphasized and continued to improve mechanisms for students’ physical health, nutrition, mental illness prevention, and integration with community health. Through the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games, the mutual empowerment and integrated development between CDU and Chengdu have been significantly enhanced and accelerated.
The FISU World Conference is the highest-level educational activity of FISU and one of the series activities of the Universiade. With a history of 63 years, it has been successfully held for 28 sessions so far, becoming an important exchange platform among experts and scholars from all over the world. The conference attracted more than 530 experts and scholars from 30 countries and regions and received a total of 5,469 papers from 199 higher education institutions and research institutes around the world, marking the largest number ever. A total of 1,438 excellent papers were selected.