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[International University Sports Federation flag] 2:3
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, August 2005


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FISU emblem and flag


Evolution of the FISU emblem and flag

The home page of the Fédération Internationale de Sport Universitaire (FISU) (International University Sports Federation) contains information about the emblem and flag. According to the page the FISU emblem "consists of a black letter U printed on a white background, centered over 5 stars divided into 2 lines. The 3 upper stars are from left to right respectively: blue, black and red; and the 2 lower stars are yellow and green. The FISU logotype, in black, is centered beneath the stars."

The emblem was created by the Italian University Sports Center (CUSI) for the 1959 World University Games, although the stars were originally curved around the bottom of the U.

The FISU flag "will include the emblem of FISU centered on a flag made out of white material." FISU recommends the following dimensions:

  • For official use in sport halls or venues: 200cm wide x 150cm high.
  • For the official flag at the opening ceremony of the Universiade: 450cm wide x 300cm high or 600cm wide x 450cm high.
  • For oriflammes: 80cm wide x 120cm high.

Erik Bell, 30 October 2002


FISU is the International University Sports Federation.
The FISU flag includes the emblem of FISU centred on a flag made out of white material.

The official FISU emblem was inspired by the 'U' from University accompanied by five stars that symbolise the 5 continents.
The original emblem (1), created by the C.U.S.I. (Italian University Sports Center) during the Universiade'59, symbolised FISU for 30 years.

FISU has recently renewed the design of its emblem (2) in order to improve the consistency of the emblems at the FISU events.
The emblem consists of a black letter 'U' printed on a white background, centred over 5 stars divided into two lines. The 3 upper stars are from left to right respectively : blue, black and red; and the 2 lower stars are yellow and green. The 'FISU' logotype, in black, is centred beneath the stars.

Santiago Tazón, February 24, 2003.
According to FISU web site.


FISU emblem in five Process colours

The colours of the emblem are to be used based on the following process colours :

    1. BLUE 100% cyan
    2. BLACK 100% black
    3. RED 100% magenta + 100% yellow
    4. YELLOW 100% yellow + 10% magenta
    5. GREEN 100% yellow + 100% cyan

Santiago Tazón, February 24, 2003.
According to FISU web site.


FISU emblem in five Pantone Colours

The following Pantone colours, based on the European scale (PANTONE Colour Formula Guide - 747 XR), are recommended:

    1. BLUE Process Blue.
    2. BLACK Process Black.
    3. RED Warm Red.
    4. YELLOW 109 (16 parts Yellow + 1/4 part Warm Red).
    5. GREEN 355 (13 parts Green + 3 parts Yellow + 1/4 Black).

Santiago Tazón, February 24, 2003.
According to FISU web site.


Use of the FISU flag

The FISU flag is used at award ceremonies for the World University Games (Universiade) instead of national flags.  The FISU anthem "Gaudeamus Igitur" is played.   A history of the anthem and the lyrics (in Latin) can be found on the FISU website.
Erik Bell, February 4, 2003.


FISU flag: 1959 version

[International University Sports Federation flag: 1959 vesrion] 2:3
image by Erik Bell, March 27, 2003.

I have adapted black and white graphics from FISU's webpages to show the original 1959 FISU flag. Current version 2:3
Erik Bell, 30 October 2002


I'm afraid I gave you a graphic of the original FISU Flag that is wrong. The colors are in the wrong places. My fault. Attached is a revised graphic showing the colors in the right place.
Erik Bell, March 27, 2003.


Flag of the 21st. Universiade: Beijing 2001

[Flag of the 21st Universiade: Beijing 2001]
Original location: ChinaDaily: Official web site of the 21st. Universiade: Beijing 2001
Located by Dov Gutterman, January 1, 2003.


2003 Winter Universiade in Tarivisio

[Flag use in Tarivisio handover]
image by Erik Bell, March 27, 2003.

Also attached is a graphic of the flag used at the handover during the Closing Ceremony of the 2003 Winter Universiade in Tarivisio (ITA). This flag is identical to the original flag except the letters FISU were omitted from the bottom. You can see a high resolution photo of this flag at the FISU official web site.

[Flag use in Tarivisio handover]
Original location: FISU official web site.
Located by Erik Bell, March 27, 2003.