The FISU Forum educational programme "Student Sport – Springboard for Innovative Leadership" comprised over 30 hours. From August 6 -10, representatives of 5 continents had discussions on development of student sport. The FISU Forum became the third test event of the upcoming Winter Universiade 2019. Transportation, Medical Care, Accreditation, F&B, Accommodation and other functional areas were tested as part of the FISU Forum.
More than 170 delegates from the Europe, Asia, South and North America, Australia and Africa were registered to participate in the Forum. The FISU Forum was attended by FISU experts, namely Verena Burk, the Chair of the FISU Education Committee, Alexander Ukhov, the mentor at FISU's Young Reporters', as well as Barry Meister, the Chair of the IOC Education Committee, Georgy Bilman, the Director of Volunteer Center of 2018 FIFA World Cup, Madeleine Baturina, the head coach for staff preparation of 2014 Sochi Winter Games and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Alexei Moshkin, the two-time Paralympian in Para Alpine Skiing, and Svetlana Khorkina, Olympic champion in artistic gymnastics. The educational programme of the FISU Forum included plenary sessions and seminars on topical issues such as involvement of young people in the sports movement, equal opportunities and ethics in modern sport, opportunities for personal potential realization after the retirement from sports, development of the leadership skills and promotion of volunteerism. Furthermore, under the guidance of mentors the FISU Forum participants developed and presented their projects aimed at popularizing student sport.
The organization of the FISU Forum was assessed by Leonz Eder, the FISU First Vice President, "For FISU, the Forum is primarily an educational event. I believe that everything went well. I liked the Dormitory Complex, the work of volunteers, the Winter Universiade venues which are top level."
In addition to participation in the educational programme, the FISU Forum delegates tested the services of the upcoming Winter Universiade 2019. The foreign guests were welcomed at the Sheremetyevo and Krasnoyarsk airports. A total of 8 buses and 3 cars were involved for local transportation of the participants. All the participants were accommodated in Perya Dormitory Complex, located in the future Universiade Village. The premises of the accommodation venue hosted all the educational events of the FISU Forum. The guests were served by the regional food factory which will cook meals for athletes of the upcoming Games.
According to Maxim Urazov, the Director General of ANO “Directorate Krasnoyarsk 2019”, the Organising Committee will analyze all the services provided during the event, "During the FISU Forum we found out a lot of useful information. Thanks to feedback, we understand what we have to work with. The test event is held for this purpose. We already have the feedback from foreign guests and volunteers of the FISU Forum, everyone is positive, everyone likes Krasnoyarsk. It is very important. Now representatives of 50 countries will come back home and will tell that one can and should come to Krasnoyarsk. All that favourizes inviting foreign participants to the Winter Universiade 2019 ".
Christoph Joseph Böcklin, the delegate from Switzerland, shared his impressions of the FISU Forum, "Most of all I liked the tours around Krasnoyarsk, we looked at the readiness of the Winter Universiade 2019 venues, and I am so happy! Next year I will come back to Krasnoyarsk as part of the delegation ... We had two student projects at the FISU Forum and one of them was dedicated to volunteering. The jury liked our project, and they told us that we did it well. "
The FISU Forum culminated with the Closing Ceremony in SibFU Congress Hall, where the FISU flag hand over ceremony was held. The representative of the 15th FISU Forum host city (Hungary) took part in the ceremony as well.