University of St. Gallen

Our alma mater.

As one of Europe's leading business schools, we are proud to have hosted every St. Gallen Symposium since its inception in 1969 on the campus of the University of St. Gallen. 

The university campus is situated on the hill above the city of St. Gallen and offers a picturesque view of Lake Constance, Mount Säntis and the Rhine Valley. Approximately a one hour drive east of Zurich, St. Gallen and its 80,000 inhabitants form the heart of Eastern Switzerland amidst the four-country-region of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Today, the HSG has one of the largest management faculties in Continental Europe and over 7,000 full time students. It offers a full range of undergraduate, postgraduate, executive (both degree and short-term) and doctoral programmes in management, economics, law and international affairs. Renowned for its proximity to the business world, its basic and applied research and the quality of its graduates, the University of St. Gallen enjoys an unrivalled reputation.

In all programmes, the HSG teaches students to adopt a cross-functional rather than a single function approach and offers interdisciplinary classes in, for instance, economics and law. Since the 1960s, the university has been a pioneer of a systemic approach to general management. The St. Gallen Management Model has won international acclaim as a holistic framework which allows the structuring of multifarious challenges for a successful and accountable management in an appropriately complex but nevertheless integrated way. Placing special emphasis on the complex relationships between companies and their multiple environmental spheres, it has also been one of the intellectual linchpins of the St. Gallen Symposium. 

The university’s student body is extremely active in numerous student initiatives, clubs, arts and different sports activities in which the students demonstrate their entrepreneurship and zest for action.



Support Crew

We thank all members of the ISC Support Crew 2016 for their extraordinary support during the 46th St. Gallen Symposium.