The fourth volume of “University Sports: Education and Science” addresses the problem of possible relations between sporting activity and academic success from an interdisciplinary point of view.
They are seeking papers to be added to the collection. Full information can be found below.
Between 18 and 20 September 2018, the ENAS Executive Committee (EC) was invited to the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alta Douro for the 63rd EC meeting.
The ENAS EC met with Prof. António Fontainhas Fernandes, Rector of the University, and Dr. Elsa Justino, University Administrator for the Social Services Department, to underline the importance of continuous development of, and investment in, University sport as an essential part of campus life.
The Rector, from his side, highlighted the importance of an integrated approach to sport and physical activity in the University context linking with Academia and Research while developing an active campus life.
Topics on the agenda of the EC meeting included the preparations of the ENAS General Assembly in Nijmegen, the organisation of the Forum in Nijmegen and planning for new projects in 2019 including two ENAS Experiences and a transatlantic visit allowing ENAS members to explore University sport in the US.
Information on all new projects and initiatives is aimed to be made available directly after the Forum in Nijmegen. The EC is vary thankful to the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alta Douro for their hospitality as host of the EC meeting.
The EC also attended the 10th edition of the University of Porto Sports Gala organised in Porto. Various prizes were awarded to students and staff for their great achievements in sport in 2018. ENAS President, Mel Parker, handed out the prize for best coach.
During the summer, Vilnius University Health & Sport Centre organised their third international “University Summer Challenge 2018”. More than 1,500 students, professors, administrative staff and other employees from five different countries competed in this summer’s project. Participants from eighteen universities recorded their physical activity on the project’s platform, and by doing this, gained points for their universities.
The project’s home country Lithuania was represented by eleven universities: Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius Universitety, Vytautas Magnus Universitety, Šiauliai University, Mykolas Romeris University, Klaipėda University, Lithuanian Sports University, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kauno Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences and Kaunas University of Technology.
Seven foreign higher education institutions also joined the Project: Kiel University and Berlin University (Germany), Keele University and Middlesex University (Great Britain), University of Lisbon and University of Porto (Portugal), and The Academic College at Wingate (Israel).
From June 1 to August 31, almost two million active minutes were registered on the platform www.active-summer.vu.lt! Lithuanian Sports University, like in 2017, were this year’s winner and the most active community of all the participants.
The Academic College at Wingate, participating for the first time, took second place, enthusiastically participating in the project and gaining active minutes from the beginning of June.
Results of “University Summer Challenge 2018″
- Lithuanian Sports University
- The Academic College at Wingate
- Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
- Kauno Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences
- Šiauliai University
- Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences
- Vilnius Universitety
- University of Lisbon
- Mykolas Romeris University
- Middlesex University
- Kiel University
- Keele University
- Kaunas University of Technology
- Vytautas Magnus Universitety
- Berlin University
- Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
- University of Porto
- Klaipėda University
“University Summer Challenge” is a lively project, which aims to increase physical activity within academic communities in universities by challenging them into associating the academic world with active lifestyle, and physical activity with fun.
The results of the project are pleasing – the participants registered an average of 33 minutes of physically active time per day – this corresponds to the recommendations of World Health Organisation to be physically active for at least 30 minutes each day. “University Summer Challenge” will take place again next summer – we invite every university and its community to join and become more active!