The World University Championships (WUC) are part of the sporting events of the International University Sports Federation. Alternating with the Summer and Winter Universiades, they are organised every even-numbered year. The first FISU World University Championship was organised in the city of Lund (SWE) in 1963 and welcomed the best student handball players of the time. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the World University Championships, withe celebrations throughout the year.
Unlike the Universiade, the World University Championships are single sport events, the organisation of which is delegated to a National University Sports Federation (NUSF), and then to a city and an Organising Committee. Organising a World University Championship gives a city, and often a university, a chance to host an international major sporting event without being a big and rich city. The attribution process of the FISU WUCs starts with a call for candidature. Candidate NUSFs are required to provide a bidding dossier examined by the FISU Executive Committee, which after deliberation attributes the WUC to the chosen NUSF and city.
The History of Bridge in FISU
The 1st World University Bridge Championship took place in 2002 in Bruges, Belgium, and welcomed 65 players from 13 countries.
Since then, seven other editions took place on two continents, attracting around 100 participants per edition. The 9th World University Bridge Championship took place in Xuzhou (CHN) in 2018.
- 2018 – 9h WUC Bridge – Xuzhou (CHN)
- 2016 – 8th WUC Bridge – Lodz (POL)
- 2014 – 7th WUC Bridge – Opatija (CRO)
- 2012 – 6th WUC Bridge – Reims (FRA)
- 2010 – 5th WUC Bridge – Kaoshiung (TPE)
- 2008 – 4th WUC Bridge – Lodz (POL)
- 2006 – 3rd WUC Bridge – Tianjin City (CHN)
- 2004 – 2nd WUC Bridge – Istanbul (TUR)
- 2002 – 1st WUC Bridge – Bruges (BEL)