With ten of the eleven member federations in attendance, the General Assembly was an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in the past two years and look forward to the year ahead.
While the General Assembly focused on the financial reports, statute modifications and introduction of its newly created project, the Regional Development Program for 2016, there was also an opportunity to hear from all members on the university sport activities taking place in their country. The meeting also recognised Mr Michael White as the newly appointed Secretary-General of FISU Oceania after the resignation of Ms Kelly Blas from the position.
The General Assembly also welcomed guest visitors Mr Shen Zhen, Vice Chair of the FISU Development Committee and Mr Laurent Briel, Director of Development and NUSF Relations for FISU.
Prior to the General Assembly, Mr Zhen delivered a presentation on the new priorities of the FISU Executive Committee, elaborating on the International Day of University Sport. In partnership with UNESCO, FISU invites its member associations to celebrate university sport on 20 September by organising multidisciplinary educational projects covering physical education and sport. Mr Shen also explained how FISU intends to collaborate with Continental University Sports Federations and to assist them in their development programmes. Finally, he highlighted the willingness of FISU to get a comprehensive picture of the needs of National University Sports Federations in order to help them to strive as much as possible.
Laurent Briel, Director of Development and NUSF relations, made a presentation on the rights and obligations of member associations. He started by explaining what is an active member for FISU and why it matters. He gave practical information to member associations regarding the participation in FISU events, explaining how the Summer Universiade Help Programme works for example. He also presented the programme of the 2016 World University Championships and of the 13th FISU Forum to be held from 4 to 9 July in Montpellier (FRA).