Congresses and Conferences
09:00 - 18:00
Various (see event description)
University of St.Gallen
Register here for the International Symposium at the University of St.Gallen on 15 September 2023. Part of the full-day symposium are afternoon workshops in which the topics of the day are taken up again with a specific focus. By registering for one of the workshops, you register for the whole day.
Society in Times of Upheaval
We are witnessing increasing societal polarisation and the rise of inequality. Social cohesion seems under threat. How should institutions of higher learning respond to these challenges? What can we learn from outliers in the field?
The Future of Universities
Europe is confronted with challenges not seen for decades. What does this mean for universities? How do they have to change to best prepare the next generation for an age of uncertainty and how can they maintain their competitive edge globally?
Workshop Sessions at SQUARE (inkl. Coffee Break)
The present is the place where the future is shaped. As educational institutions, universities are socially central places to deal with a future under uncertainty and to shape it through university teaching and learning. For this reason, the University of St.Gallen is organising workshops in the afternoon of the International Symposium, which will bring together interdisciplinary perspectives on the close relationship between the place for research and reflection, entrepreneurship and community. The aim of the workshops is to show the extent to which the future is being created by and with universities despite uncertainty, what role the University of St.Gallen plays in this context with its researches and what synergies arise for society through participation and joint debate.
More info on the speakers
Digital learning – even more so since the covid pandemic – is emerging as a real asset for education. Nevertheless, many universities seem reluctant to fully embrace the potential of digital learning and teaching. Beyond a possible hype, on the one hand, and unfounded fears, on the other hand: where does the true potential lie and where are the possible pitfalls when it comes to implementing digital learning at universities? How can a university make courses and teaching more interactive, engaging and more effective than traditional face-to-face courses? The founder of the world`s “most innovative university” and the President of the St.Gallen University Student Union will contribute their ideas and vision to this interactive workshop.
Interdisciplinarity promotes networked thinking. For this reason, the University of St.Gallen aims to provide its students with an interdisciplinary education in addition to a subject-specific one. This involves fostering independent and critical thinking that releases potential of young people, thus enabling them to deal with the complexities of our age and to act as responsible leaders of tomorrow. How can our university safeguard this approach and what is hampering interdisciplinary teaching and learning?
Life at a university can be shaped and is full of preconditions. For this reason, this workshop will begin with a brief overview of what we consider to be essential prerequisites for shaping a university that prioritise a thriving life. How can we prepare our students for the fundamental uncertainty we face in an age of societal, ecological, and technological disruptions? How can students acquire the practical wisdom to promote their own good, the prosperity and well-being of others, and contribute to the common good of society? These and other questions will be discussed in a world café style setting.
The consequences of the technological breakthrough of large language models such as ChatGPT are a particular challenge for teaching and corporate practice. The University of St.Gallen is following events with interest and is putting forward for discussion the question as to whether and to what extent a reflexive approach to AI tools such as ChatGPT will be one of the essential requirements in studies and professional life in the future. And what are the critical pedagogical implications for artificial intelligence and university teaching?
Society(ies) is/are subject to permanent change, currently at a peak level on account of facing multiple substantial transformations (from energy systems to digital frameworks, consumption practices to migration politics). In this context, the university as a space of critical dialogue can and must be a place of encounter and discussion on how change can be confronted, what potential it reveals and what different aspects it entails for the communities involved in (more or less) transformative developments. This workshop will therefore explore at a very pragmatic level – including theoretical foundations,
teaching philosophy, curricular changes and connections to city and society – how the crucial role of the university as an agent of change can be enhanced. The discussion will revolve around questions such as to what extent the university of the future must be connected with the regional public sphere? And how it can be rethought and reimagined fundamentally while retaining an awareness of its past?
The model of "strong sustainability" assumes that social sustainability cannot be separated from ecology and the economy. In this spirit, universities can be places of dialogue to best link environmental and social issues in higher education. Therefore this workshop will discuss the extent to which issues of social inequality, equality and discrimination, which have been examined for decades in gender studies, intersectionality studies and critical diversity studies, can be taken up transdisciplinarily and linked to issues of climate change and the environment in the context of the UN Agenda 2030.
Today's societies are currently facing numerous environmental and social crises. In this context, business schools influence our thinking and the way our socioeconomic systems function. In addressing major challenges, you can play an important role through research, teaching and collaboration. Thus this workshop will discuss what contribution business schools could (and should?) make in this "decade of action." In doing so, various stakeholders within and outside the HSG ecosystem will briefly share their visions for an impactful future. Inspired by these prospects, we will host a world café to jointly develop and discuss concrete ways to make business schools fit for 2030.
Art allows us to engage with different perspectives and thereby enables us to embrace both diversity and uniqueness. This workshop is inspired by the practice of contemporary artist Lewis Davidson, who is integrating a process-based artwork into the university's anniversary year. As part of the workshop, participants will go on a scavenger hunt to discover new perspectives on the university and everyday life. To put it differently: can an old windows reveal new views? Can old shoes walk new trails?
"Does the economy really need to grow?" – Oliver Richters tackles this question in his dissertation which was awarded the 2020 Hans Christoph Binswanger Prize. Together with economists Johannes and Mathias Binswanger, he invites you to think about the future of economics education.
In an ever-changing world, continuous learning is essential for high performing executives to tackle the global challenges and to create a positive impact on the people and organizations they lead and on society as a whole. Executive education is thus a crucial pillar for universities as it enables lifelong learning, fosters a community spirit, and makes an impact on our society. However, executive learning has changed profoundly over the last few years and universities still struggle to find the best way of how to teach executives and what to teach. The University of St.Gallen offers a workshop to discuss what the future of executive education should look like.
The landscape of higher education on the two continents that make up the vast majority of the world’s population is rapidly changing. Where are Chinese, African and Indian universities innovating and treading new paths? What can universities on the “old” and aging continent learn from them? How big is the influence of western models and credentials in contrast to new regional models of teaching, learning and research? And beyond all this: where is there potential for partnerships between Asian and African universities and their western counterparts, also in view of recent tensions regarding Chinese students and researchers in Europe. Join a debate with highly accomplished university leaders and education experts from outside Europe.
Universities in the Anthropocene
Biodiversity loss, global warming and pollution: in the age of the Anthropocene, we are rapidly trespassing planetary boundaries. To tackle these complex problems a systems-thinking approach is needed. ow can universities respond; what are best practices in teaching and research in this sustainability transformation?
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Jamie Gloor PhD