Regional networks The University of St.Gallen is part of several local and regional networks like WISG, IHK, SGBA and IBH. IBH - Internationale Bodensee Hochschule The International University of Lake Constance is a network of 30 universities and colleges located in Austria, Germany, the Principality of Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Cooperating across borders, this network offers new study courses, supports research and development in cooperation with regional companies and enhances the offer of education and advanced training programs in the long term. IHK - Industrie- und Handelskammer St.Gallen-Appenzell The St.Gallen-Appenzell Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) is Eastern Switzerland’s leading economic trade association and, with a tradition dating back more than 500 years, possibly the world’s oldest chamber of commerce. As a link between the state and the economy, the IHK is in contact with the cantons and the Confederation to ensure that the general economic environment is characterised by liberalism and the market economy, thus promoting the national and international competitiveness of Eastern Swiss enterprises. KGV - Kantonaler Gewerbeverband St.Gallen The KGV is the largest employers’ federation for trade and service companies in the Canton of St.Gallen. Approx. 8,000 members are organised in 63 local trade associations and in the 45 affiliated industrial federations. With the aim of creating a pro-business climate for SMEs, the KGV is engaged in a permanent dialogue with the government and with members of parliament. It also regularly champions trade interests in connection with referenda and elections. The training of qualified young professionals is a central concern of the KGV. SGBA - St.GallenBodenseeArea Under the label of St.GallenBodenseeArea the cantons St.Gallen, Thurgau and two Appenzell work together in collaboration. The organisation promotes the region internationally and provides relocation support for the St.GallenBodenseeArea, which is the third largest economic region in Switzerland with a catchment area covering 2 million people. WISG - Wirtschaft Region St.Gallen WISG (the acronym for Economic Region of St.Gallen) is a regional association of over 250 member companies which campaigns for a successful development of St.Gallen as an economic centre: for the benefit of enterprises and their employees, for the benefit of its members and their requirements, and to the advantage of the region and its factors of influence.