The Students’ Games is a weekend-long, inter-university sports tournament in which students compete in various sports over the weekend to get their university to the top of the podium. Organized entirely by students for students, it is a first of its kind tournament in Switzerland
The Students' Games are an entity of Pôle des Évènements Sportifs Étudiants (PESE) , which is attached to the des Sports universitaires de Lausanne (SSU) The PESE is made up of four volunteer student committees whose mission is to develop university sport by organising sportings events in the Lausanne student community. The Students’ Games is made up of four volunteer student committees whose mission is to develop university sport by organising sportings events in the Lausanne student community. The Students' Games is part of this framework, bringing together more than 500 sportsmen and sportswomen over a weekend in an atmosphere of fair play and community.
Our committee is made up of 17 students from EPFL and UNIL and is assisted by some 60 staff during the event. Its aim is to make this event an unforgettable sporting adventure, so that the Students' Games become a key date in the student sporting calendar.
After 3 years of preparation, the first edition of the Students' Games was held in April 2018. Inspired by the major student events in Lausanne and elsewhere, 420 students competed together to mark the very first edition. Coming from a dozen institutions across Switzerland and neighbouring France, it was finally the University of Burgundy that won the title followed closely by local teams from EPFL and the University of Lausanne who completed the podium. The start of the Students' Games had been launched.
For the 2019 edition, the organising committee made two major changes: the Saturday lunch is delivered on time and the Saturday evening party is entirely managed by us. It is not surprising that the Swiss punctuality once again restored and the festive energy of the Lausanne campus together succeeded to the EPFL team which won this time in front of the University of Burgundy. The University of Lausanne managed to keep its 3rd place.
Sadly, the third edition was postponed by more than one year due to Covid-19 pandemic. In October 2021, the tournament was finally back, bringing together 520 athletes. Only six months later, in May 2022, more than 500 students gathered once again in Lausanne during an unforgettable weekend. Students’ Games are back for good, and about to become a key student sporting event in Switzerland and neighboring countries.