Children’s University: only for children

To give children an understanding of socially relevant topics in addition to what they learn at school: That is the idea behind our Children's University.

In the winter semester of 2003/04, we were the first university in Switzerland to launch a Children's University. The topic at the time was: "Where does the money come from?" Our children's lectures are held by full professors from our university. The topics range from business administration to economics to law.

In our children's lectures, we address everyday situations and examples in the children's environment. The independent individual lectures from different subject areas enable the children to follow the lectures even if they can only attend for one afternoon. Admission to our children's lectures is free, but registration is required.

The idea of the Children's University is to give children an understanding of socially relevant topics in addition to what they learn at school and to encourage them to think critically. Furthermore, children – regardless of whether they will ever attend university later on - should be familiarised with a higher educational institution; especially those from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Admission to our Children's University is free, but registration is necessary. Every child receives an HSGcard. At the end of the lecture series, all pupils who have attended each event will receive a certificate of attendance.

Programme Autumn 2022 (in German)

All lectures will take place from 3 to 3.45 p.m. (doors open at 2.30 p.m.).

2 November 2022
Why Salsa is Not Just a Sauce. A musical exploration of Latin America
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Yvette Sánchez

9 November 2022
"The spy in your pocket" - What your smartphone knows about you and how it influences you
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christian Alexander Hildebrand

16 November 2022
How are trends created in the schoolyard? From the Diddle Mouse to Pop-its
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Johanna Gollnhofer

23 November 2022
Gold medal, astronaut or dog hairdresser - With life design to the dream job
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kernbach

Admission is free to all our children's lectures, but registration is required. It is also possible to register whole classes: Give us the first names and surnames of all children as well as the name and address of the teacher. You can register online or by post to: University of St.Gallen (HSG), Kinder-Uni, Dufourstrasse 50, 9000 St.Gallen. The Children's University is aimed at third to sixth graders.