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Founded in 1969, the St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s most longstanding and relevant platform for cross-generational dialogue. By bringing together leaders of today and tomorrow on key questions of our time, we aim to inspire current decision-makers to lead with the next generation in mind. More than 50 years ago, the St. Gallen Symposium was initiated by a group of students at the University of St.Gallen at a time of upheaval. Racial segregation in the US, the Vietnam War, and struggles to come to terms with the German past fuelled conflicts among generations. Today, in light of the climate crisis, rising inequalities, and rapid technological change, younger generations are again raising their voices as they reflect on the ways their futures are being compromised by current developments. The St. Gallen Symposium aims to serve as the seismograph of the issues that divide and those that unite generations and as the key platform, where cross-generational dialogue fosters mutual understanding and joint action. We works towards our vision and mission by actively bringing together the key voices and concerns of all generations, through our annual main symposium each May at the University of St.Gallen, our year-round dialogue initiatives, as well as cutting-edge research and publications on next generation concerns and ways to renew the ties that bind generations. What makes us unique is the fact that the symposium is driven by the next generation itself: the International Students’ Committee (ISC) is a group of around 30 students at the University of St.Gallen who pause their studies for a year to fully devote themselves to our initiative. Every year, they travel the world to engage in ca. 1300 cross-generational meetings with our more than 350 partners, recruit our Leaders of Tomorrow who represent the next generation at our annual symposium, and engage in the communication, operations and digital innovation of our work. The ISC is supported and strategically guided by the St. Gallen Foundation of International Studies, a team of professionals and student project managers . Our Board of Trustees ensures the impactful use of our resources towards our mission. With this unique cross-generational set-up with our own organisation, the St. Gallen Symposium promotes dialogue across generations on the most pressing issues of our time.
Organizer: St. Gallen Symposium
Category: Law, Business, Social Sciences
Prize: Other award
Region: Global
Eligibility: Phd, Master Students
Deadline: 2022-02-01

What They Say

Manish Sonal, India
Winner of KTH Masters Challenge 2015 – Full Scholarship and living costs paid for at KTH
“I was always reluctant in applying to foreign Universities due to my financial constraints. Today I am pursuing my Master’s in a subject which I love and feel more confident about my future.”
Saravanan Yuvaraja, India
Winner of GE Light the way Challenge
“GE Light the Way Concepts for the future of Office Lighting Innovation Challenge Competition was one of my best life time experiences. This challenge had given me a chance to know exactly, what the organization is looking from the innovative student community for creating smart and sustainable world in the future.”
Arlisa Febriani, Indonesia
Winner of the Blue Bag Competition 2015 – Full Scholarship and living costs paid for at Lund University
Arlisa’s story is very unique and proof that given the right opportunity, the greatest ideas will succeed. By developing a revolutionary water cleansing system, she proved that anything is possible. This is great news for her, the people of Jakarta, and quite possibly the rest of the world who live in places with little or no access to clean water!
Avon Haughton, USA
Winner of The New School Competition 2014 – Scholarship at The New School in New York
“Winning the competition has been one of my greatest achievements thus far and participating was the most fun I’ve had in a while. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to go to The New School!”