University of St. Gallen

University of St. Gallen

The University of St. Gallen (in German: "Universität St. Gallen") is a research university based in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

The University is generally known as HSG, which is an acronym derived from its former name "Hochschule für Wirtschafts-, Rechts- und Sozialwissenschaften St. Gallen". It is also known in English as the "University of St. Gallen for Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences". Despite being one of the smaller universities in Switzerland it has the largest business faculty of any Swiss university and is one of the leading business schools within the German speaking part of Europe. The University of St. Gallen is a member of the CEMS and APSIA networks. It is EQUIS and AACSB accredited.


The University of St. Gallen for Business Administration, Economics, Law and Social Sciences was founded in 1898 and began operations in 1899. It is therefore one of the oldest universities of its kind in the world. At the beginning of 2006, there were about 4,500 students and some 80 professors. In terms of numbers, the University of St. Gallen may well be one of Europe's smaller universities, but it has Switzerland's largest faculty of economic sciences. It concentrates on the training and continuing education of experts and leaders in business, public administration, and the law. The University is financed by the Canton of St. Gallen and other cantons. The laws of the Canton of St. Gallen give the University far-reaching research autonomy.


A new structure of Studies became operational as of winter 2001/2002. Degrees are now divided into Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral programmes in accordance with the Bologna Reforms.

The Bachelor degree programmes begin with an Assessment year for all students. Upon successful completion of this year, students can then choose one of the following majors for their remaining two years of study:

*Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
*Bachelor of Arts in Economics
*Bachelor of Arts in Law
*Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs
*Bachelor of Arts in Law and Economics

The majority of students are enrolled in Business Administration. Only the University of Geneva and the University of St. Gallen offer an International Affairs programme within Switzerland.

The Masters programmes cover the same range of studies, but are more specialised. The Masters programmes typically run from 1.5 to 2 years.


In 2005 the University of St. Gallen inaugurated its flagship one year full-time MBA programme, the MBA-HSG [] . The programme runs over 12 months from September to August of each year.

The programme is subdivided into four teaching terms, which are each divided further into two blocks of studies. The first and the second term are devoted to the teaching of core courses including three courses in finance. The third term comprises electives and an integrative seminar. The final term offers students an MBA project, which is in the form of either an academic research project or a company based internship.


Founded in the 1990s, the university started the MBL Program, which offers practicing attorneys and business executives the opportunity to learn about the legal problems that confront companies which operate or intend to operate in international markets. Topics include principles of European economic integration, European competition and antitrust law, the World Trade Organization, and U.S. laws related to international business transactions. In addition, there is solid coverage of the emerging topics in Corporate Governance, Finance, international Taxation and international Mergers & Acquisitions.


The University of St. Gallen MBA is currently ranked as the top programme in German-speaking Europe and aims to be listed in the top 10 of the FT rankings for EuropeFact|date=September 2008. The classes of 2007 and 2008 feature 34 students, representing 16 nationalities, having an average GMAT score of 680Fact|date=September 2008, and 5 years of work experience on average. The MBA-HSG is conducted entirely in English.

Notable Alumni

* Ann-Kristin Achleitner, Professor for Entrepreneurial Finance, Technical University of Munich
* Paul Achleitner, board member, Allianz; former chairman of Goldman Sachs Germany
* Josef Ackermann, CEO, Deutsche Bank
* Markus Akermann, CEO, Holcim Ltd.
* Dr. Raymond J. Bär, Chairman of the Board, Julius Bär Holding Ltd.
* Ernst Bärtschi, CEO, Sika Ag Group
* Christoffel Brändli, Swiss politician and current President of the Swiss Council of States
* Martin Blessing, CEO, Commerzbank
* Max Burger-Calderon, Chairman Asia, Apax Partners
* Christophe R. Gautier, President, SiberHegner Holding
* Luitwin Gisbert von Boch-Galhau, former CEO, Villeroy & Boch AG
* Bénédict Hentsch, Global Estate Managers, Banque Bénédict Hentsch
* André Hofmann, Board Member, Roche
* Walter B. Kielholz, President, Credit Suisse, Vice-President, Swiss Re
* Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein
* Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
* Dr. Henri B. Meier, former CFO, Roche; former division chairman of the World Bank
* Hans-Rudolf Merz, Bundesrat, Federal Council of Switzerland
* Markus Miele, CEO Miele & Cie
* Lukas Mühlemann, former Chairman and CEO, Credit Suisse
* Dr. Roberto Paganoni, CEO, LGT Bank Capital Partners
* Ivan Pictet, Partner, Pictet & Cie Privatbankiers
* Wolfgang Reichenberger, Board Member, Nestlé
* Monika Ribar Baumann, CEO, Panalpina Welttransport Holding
* Georg F.W. Schaeffler, Partner, Schaeffler Group
* Roger Schawinski, former Chairman, Sat.1 Media-Group
* Margret Suckale, Board Member, Deutsche Bahn AG
* Stefan Wäspi, Trial Attorney, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
* Peter Wuffli, former CEO, UBS
* Ota Šik, economist of Prague Spring

Faculty (Selection)

* Prof. Dr. Manuel Ammann, Finance
* Prof. Dr. Carl Baudenbacher, European and International Business Law; President of the EFTA Court
* Prof. Dr. Beat Bernet, Banking
* Prof. Dr. Heike Bruch, Leadership
* Prof. Dr. James Davis, International Relations & Politics
* Prof. Dr. Simon J. Evenett, International Economics, World Trade
* Prof. Dr. Karl Frauendorfer, Operations Research/Computational Finance
* Prof. Dr. Peter Gomez, Business Administration/Cybernetics; President of the SWX Swiss Exchange
* Prof. Dr. Andreas Grünbichler, Financial Regulation/Financial Market Theory; Chief Risk Officer, Zurich Financial Services
* Prof. Dr. Heinz Hauser, International Economics
* Prof. Dr. Martin Hilb, Corporate Governance, Human Resource Management
* Prof. Dr. Dr. Juliane Kokott, European Community Law/European Business Law; Advocate General at the European Court of Justice
* Prof. Dr. Christian Keuschnigg, Public Finance
* Prof. Dr. Dr. Roland Kley, Political Theory, International Relations
* Prof. Dr. Axel P. Lehmann, Insurance Economics; CEO Zurich Financial Services North America Commercial
* Prof. Dr. Markus Müller-Chen, International Law
* Prof. Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens, Management (Strategic Management)
* Prof. Dr. Peter Nobel, Swiss and International Business Law, Banking and Finance Law; Partner, Nobel & Hug
* Prof. Dr. Vito Roberto, Business Law; Counselor, Baker McKenzie
* Prof. Dr. Paul Söderlind, Finance
* Prof. Dr. Klaus Spremann, Finance
* Prof. Dr. Torsten Tomczak, Marketing, Strategic Marketing
* Prof. Dr. Steven Floyd, Management (strategy process research)
* Prof. Dr. Robert Waldburger, Tax Law; Vice President, Swiss Federal Tax Administration; United Nations ECOSOC Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters
* Visiting Prof. John Palfrey, Harvard Law School

ee also

*Auto-ID Labs
* The university is member in the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS)

External links

* [ University webpage (English version)]
* [ MBA webpage (English version)]
* [ Executive Programs, Institute of Management, University of St.Gallen (HSG)]
* [ Home page for the MBL Program at the University of St. Gallen]
* [ Open Access Data Protection Publication at the FIR, University of St. Gallen]

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