13 November 2009

University of St.Gallen (Hochschule St.Gallen)

A. Introduction University of St.Gallen has a very special profile. Here, you will acquire not only factual knowledge, but also the skills to pursue your personal educational goals successfully. This is essential aspect of our academic structure, developed in line with the Bologna Reform and culminating in the award of B.A and M.A. degrees. Our students appreciate this approach ad excell through their remarkable initiative and unusual dedication, even outside their major. They are “entrepreneurs” in their own right with respect to their academic program. (Professor Ernst Mohr, Ph.D., the President of the University of St.Gallen) B. Degree courses The University of St.Gallen offers vary degree courses as follows: 1.Undergraduate Studies (B.A. HSG) in: Business Administration; Economics; International Affairs; Law; Law and Economics. 2.Master’s Programs (M.A. HSG) in: Information, Media, and Technology Management (IMT); Marketing, Services and Communication Management (MSC); Accounting and Finance (MaccFin); Banking and Finance (MBF); Strategy and International Management (SIM); Economics (Mecon); Quantitative Economics and Finance (MiQE/F); International Affairs and Government (MIA); Law (MLS); Law and Economics (MLE). 3.Dr. HSG in: Management; International Affairs and Political Economy; Organizational Studies and Cultural Theory; Law. 4.Phd. HSG in: Economics and Finance. C. Background Since its founding in 1898, the education and training offered by the HSG have been characterized by a close affinity to the working world and an integrative approach. The University of St.Gallen is currently training more than 5,000 students in Business Administration, Economics, Law, and Social Sciences. With success: according to current rankings, the HSG is one of Europe’s leading business universities. Its holistic education to the highest academic standards has earned it the EQUIS and AACSB accreditations by way of an international seal of approval. Its international nature is supported by students and faculty from various countries from all continents, 130 partner universities worldwide, and membership in international networks. D. The Three Pillars of HSG 1. Contact Study Contact studies consist of lectures, exercise courses and seminars. These traditional teaching and learning methods are applied whenever subjects are so complex and complicated that students will understand them more easily and more quickly if they are taught by a member of the faculty. Contact studies account for 50% of overall studies; a third of these courses can be selected freely according to students’ predilections and interests. 2. Independent Studies Independent studies are concerned not only with the individual preparation for, and follow-up to, lectures and seminars, but also represent a separate curriculum of their own within the core disciplines. Students are expected to learn how to provide supporting documentation for the difficult questions they may come up against, to reformulate such questions and, to a certain extent, take charge of the organization of their course work as a whole. Independent studies account for 25% of a program. 3. Contextual Studies Contextual studies complement core studies an account for 25% of a degree course. They are made up of lectures on Cultural Awareness, Critical Thinking, and Leadership Skills. In these areas, students reflect on the social, cultural and historical contexts of interrelated actions, and they are encouraged to acquire decision-making skills, a sense of responsibility, an interdisciplinary way of thinking, and the capacity to solve problems in an unconventional manner. E. Studying Gender and Diversity The University of St.Gallen is among the first universities in the German-speaking area to have systematically integrated the topics of gender and diversity into their Bachelor’s and Mater’s Programs. Students are able to acquire the knowledge of gender and diversity aspects required by managers and experts in the course of their Contextual Studies. F. Teaching and research Some 80 tenured professors, 60 assistant professors and senior lecturers, as well as more than 300 lecturers and assistants are responsible for student education. The HSG sets great store by the principle that studies are rooted both in theory and in practice. This is achieved by the professors having strong links with the institutes and also working as institute directors. The more than 30 institutes are the crystallization point of the globally recognized HSG research. This guarantees that the courses offered by the University of St.Gallen meet the highest academic standards. At the same time, the institutes maintain intensive relations with trade and industry, the judiciary, politics and society, thus ensuring that theory is closely allied to practice. G. Internationality The University of St.Gallen (HSG) sets great store by international students and faculty, as well as by the international orientation of its teaching: -34% of students come from 80 different nations -48% of faculty come from abroad -There are selected visiting professors from various countries H. The HSG is a member of the following networks: -Community of European Management Schools and International Companies (CEMS) -Partnership in International Management (PIM) -Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) I. Partner universities: -Possibility of exchange semesters at 130 partner universities worldwide -400 guest students per year J. Double-degree program with reputed partner universities: -Science Po, Paris -Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston -Nanyang Technological University, Beijing -Bocconi, Milan -ESADE, Barcelona -HEC, Paris -RSM Erasmus, Rotterdam -CEMS network K. The HSG supports international networking, for instance with: -Hub in Singapore -Asia Research Center -Center for Sino-Swiss Competence -Centro Latinoamericano-Suizo de la Universidad de San Gallen L. History timeline: 1898: Establishment of the University of St.Gallen as a “Commercial Academy (Handelsakademie)”. 1911: Renamed “Graduate School of Commerce (Handelshochschule)” 1963: Relocation to the Rosenberg site and renamed St.Gallen Graduate School (Hochschule St.Gallen/HSG)” 1969: HSG is Switzerland’s first institute of tertiary education to open an executive education section 1986: Canton of St.Gallen becomes the HSG’s sole funder 1995: Renamed University of St.Gallen (HSG); Inauguration of the new Convention and Executive Education Center (Weierbildungszentrum/WBZ)” 2001: Integral introduction of the Bologna reform 2005: Establishment of the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law (ES-HSG) 2006: Introduction of university-wide focal research points; Introduction of transinstitutional cooperation centers (HSG-Center) 2007: Establishment of the Alumni HSG Advisory Committee Source: printed brochure of the University of St.Gallen presented to Tiyo Widodo.

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