Be moved by the passion of tomorrow’s leaders in Gwangju.
The Summer Universiade, the sporting festival for the world’s university students and a dynamic display of the harmony of sports, culture and education held in Gwangju in July 2015.
2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade
Duration July 3rd ~ 14th, 2015(12 days)
Venues Gwangju Universiade Main Stadium (World Cup Stadium) and other stadiums in Gwangju, across Jeollanam-do, Jeollabuk-do and Chungcheongbuk-do province
Owner FISU (International University Sports Federation)
Organizers KUSB (Korea University Sports Board), GUOC (2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade Organizing Committee)
Sports 21 (13 compulsory sports / 8 optional sports)
Compulsory: Artistic Gymnastics/Athletics/Basketball/Diving/Fencing/Football/Judo/Rhythmic Gymnastics/Swimming/Table Tennis/Tennis/Volleyball/Water Polo
Optional: Archery/Badminton/Baseball/Golf/Handball/Rowing/Shooting Sport/Taekwondo
Participation Some 20,000 participants from 170 countries (including athletes and officials)
Pertinent Events Market Street, Universiade Park, Athletes Village Cultural events, FISU Gala∙Eve festival, 2015 FISU Conference
The meeting of Universiade, the sports festival of the world’s youth,and Gwangju, a city of passion, promises the most creative event ever. The 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade will realise the values of humanity’s harmony and co-prosperity beyond sports and identify a new vision for Universiade. University students from around the world will be reborn through this creative experience.
2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade
Increasing the brand value of Gwangju as a global city and Korea’s international status
Gwangju is preparing the Universiade to raise its prestige as a global city that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the world. The Universiade will also help increase Korea’s international status.
- Nurturing global talent – Internationalising civic awareness and universities- Building leading infrastructure, and achieving urban regeneration
The world’s youth embody true sportsmanship give life to a festival that combines sport with education and culture
Through hosting the Universiade, Gwangju will overflow with sportsmanship and a challenging spirit resulting in a renewed sense of community and passion against a background of peace, culture, and nature. The Gwangju Universiade will be a highly creative and economic event that combines education and culture. You are invited to be at the centre of all this at the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade.
- A challenging and fearless spirit – The passion to achieve goals – A peaceful stage where the philosophies of FISU and Gwangju are in harmony
A new vision for Universiade beyond a sporting event and a deep impression on the world
Through cooperation with international organisations, the Gwangju Universiade will go beyond being solely a sporting event and run diverse events and programs to help realise humankind’s harmony and co-prosperity. Its proposal of a new Universiade vision will leave a creative heritage to share with the world.
- Promoting next-generation education – International exchange and communication – The development of sports at universities, and the world’s cultures – Ahead with joint projects with the UN
Light Up Tomorrow
Gwangiu, the city of light, will illuminate the world’s future.
The Gwangju Universiade’s English slogan, ‘Light Up Tomorrow,’ represents the city’s identity derived from its name, the town of light, its position at the centre of 21st-century high-tech industry, and the challenging spirit and passion of the world’s youth on display at the Universiade.
It combines ‘light,’ the image of the Gwangju Metropolitan City, and ‘future,’ the symbol of the Universiade, to clearly capture the high expectations for a superior, well-executed event and the challenging spirit of youth, the two foundations of the Universiade.
This English slogan also symbolises Gwangju’s effort to help brighten the future of the world through the Universiade and, the event’s value. It signifies the city’s intention to create momentum for sustainable development toward a better future.
The Korean slogan, ‘Light of Creation, Light of the Future,’ captures the will of Gwangju, with its banner ‘a creative city where all citizens are happy,’ to set new standards for the Universiade with creative event organisation. It emphasises that the Universiade is more than a sporting event and can provide the world with direction for the future.
Wing of Light
Soaring with passion. dreams and harmony on the wings of all five great oceans and six continents
The Gwangju Universiade emblem “Wings of Light” is shaped like a “U”, the symbol of the Universiade, extended into outspread wings.
It represents the passion of athletes flying beyond limits, the dynamic atmosphere of sport, and the harmony of nations, together with Gwangju’s soaring flight into the world. The five blue wings on the right refer to the five oceans and the six red on the left to the six continents. The overlapping light denotes the harmony and friendship among the world’s youth in the Universiade.
The soaring U-shaped wings emitting light symbolize Gwangju’s soaring flight as a global city and its wish for ideals and victory through the Universiade.
Angel of light that spreads the hope of creation throughout the world
The name Nuribi is a combination of the Korean words ‘nuri’ for world and ‘bi’ for fly. Nuribi is a messenger of light and a bridge of communication amongst the world’s youth. It serves as a symbol to introduce the ‘EPIC’ vision of the Gwangju Universiade: environmentally-friendliness, peace, IT, and culture. It also represents the unfolding wings of creation to deliver the ‘light of Gwangju’ to the world.