FISU has brought back bidding races for the World University Games ©Getty Images

Cities around the world will be able to publicly bid for the 2027 and 2029 editions of the World University Games after the in-house approach to selecting host cities was brought to an end.

Since 2016, hosts for the student events have been chosen using a method based on "networking and research" and without a formal bid process.

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) said this tactic was adopted because demand to host the Games was so high.

This ultimately led to the unwanted scenario of many cities being rejected, even though they might have spent money on producing a strong bid.

One reason for the change is that the summer and winter host cities in 2027 and 2029 will have much more time to prepare.

This compares to the hosts for 2019 and 2021, which were only afforded two-and-a-half years to get ready.

The bidding process for 2027 and 2029 will now begin on September 1 and will last until January 31, when an initial selection of potential host cities will be made.

FISU's approach is notably different to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to scrap bidding races.

In 2019, it established Future Host Commissions to identify and recommend venues for the Olympic Games and enter into dialogue with prospective countries and cities over staging them.

Brisbane is now set to be awarded the 2032 Summer Olympics at the IOC Session in Tokyo on July 21, with IOC President Thomas Bach claiming that the old system created "too many losers" which would not bid again.

However, Brisbane's selection has faced criticism due to the lack of transparency in the process.

"For lots of countries, hosting the FISU Games is a great opportunity to develop an activity and showcase their culture, as well as open their doors to people from all around the world," said FISU secretary general and chief executive Eric Saintrond.

"You have young student athletes, professionals, media and spectators from multiple countries that get together for three weeks, to have fun, share their experience and make great memories that will portray the city in its best light and encourage these same people to share their stories and even maybe come back to visit as tourists.

"We strongly recommend cities to either renovate, update or adapt existing venues so that they do not end up building new infrastructure that will not be used later on.

"We also advise host cities to think of adapting existing venues that were not initially intended to be sports venues - such as congress exhibition centres - so that these buildings can be renovated into a more modern and polyvalent venue and can be used more often in the future. 

"The next FISU World University Games will have sustainability at its core. 

"For example, innovating the transport system to use fewer vehicles, improving waste management and using abandoned venues, to name a few."

The FISU approach contrasts to that of the IOC ©Getty Images
The FISU approach contrasts to that of the IOC ©Getty Images

South Korea and North Carolina in the United States have already expressed interest in bidding for the 2027 Summer World University Games.

FISU already has hosts in place up until 2025 - a position likely to be envied by other sporting bodies.

Chengdu in China will host the next Summer World University Games next year after the 2021 event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Yekaterinburg in Russia will play host in 2023 and the Rhine-Ruhr region in Germany will stage the 2025 edition.

Lucerne in Switzerland is due to host the 2021 Winter Universiade in December - the last edition under the event's old name.

Lake Placid in the US will stage the 2023 Winter World University Ganes and Turin in Italy has been awarded the rights for 2025.

FISU said a good bid for the Games would be strong in the areas of legacy, vision and sustainability.

"There are also more direct financial advantages in hosting the FISU Games," Saintrond added.

"It can help obtain a substantial budget from the state to develop infrastructure and sport activities without having to invest too much because FISU remains very flexible regarding the venues and tries to use as many existing buildings as possible.

"A good example of a strong bid with a clear vision and long-term benefits is the 1991 Summer Universiade in Sheffield, Great Britain.

"Sheffield was an industrial city and when all the factories closed, they hosted the FISU Games to give a second life to the city.   

"After the event, Sheffield became the city for sport in Great Britain for the following years, providing new jobs to the community. 

"Another good example is Kazan, Russia, when they organised the FISU Games in 2013. 

"It was a breath of fresh air with a renovated city, and Kazan became an important sports city in Russia."