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The University of St.Gallen (HSG) is one of the oldest business schools there are and was the first of its kind to be founded in Switzerland. It was founded in 1898, when the Grand Council of the Canton of St.Gallen decided to establish an "academy for trade, traffic and administration " in the city of St.Gallen. 2023 will be a special year for the HSG as we celebrate our 125th anniversary.

In the year of our 125th anniversary, a wide range of events will provide an opportunity to celebrate together - and to get to know the HSG better, which has been deeply rooted in St.Gallen and the region for 125 years. Take the opportunity to discover your HSG.

In the course of the year, we will announce further events and other highlights on this page. So it's worth checking back here more often. 

“The Canton of St.Gallen is proud of its HSG – congrats! In addition to outstanding specialists, it makes an important contribution to the added value of the region and radiates excellence beyond Switzerland. Many thanks to all who contribute to this.”
Stefan Kölliker, Cantonal Education Minister and Chairman of the University´s Board of Governors
“HSG is usually mentioned in the same breath as the world cultural heritage site of the Abbey District. Thanks to its 3500 employees and over 9500 students from all over the world, our city is a vibrant place. I congratulate you most sincerely!”
Maria Pappa, Mayor of St.Gallen
“HSG shapes eastern Switzerland – as a leading business university with international appeal and as a first-class educational institution for business. As a co-founder, we congratulate, wish success and persistence in striving for the best.”
Markus Bänziger, Director St.Gallen-Appenzell Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK)

Events

Sa
25.02.
11:00
-
18:00
Public events

Open SQUARE

HSG turns 125 - SQUARE turns 1. On the occasion of these two birthdays, the University of St.Gallen opens its doors to the public at SQUARE.
Speaker:
Various (see event description)
Location:
HSG SQUARE
Do
20.04.
-
Sa
22.04.
08:00
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17:00
Public events

Schweizer Jugend forscht – 57th National Competition

The final round of the national competition “Schweizer Jugend forscht” (SJf) will take place from April 20-22 at the SQUARE of the University of St.Gallen.
Speaker:
Various (see event description)
Location:
HSG SQUARE
Sa
13.05.
08:00
-
17:00
Public events

Research at the HSG: What? How? Why?

What kind of research is happening at the University of St.Gallen? How do scholars actually do research, and to what end? We would like to show you how research is being done at the HSG and also inspire you to do your own research.
Speaker:
Various (see event description)
Location:
HSG SQUARE
Sa
13.05.
10:00
-
12:30
Public events

Dies academicus

The University of St.Gallen (HSG) celebrates its 125th birthday at the traditional Dies academicus.
Speaker:
Various (see event description)
Location:
University of St.Gallen Room A 02-001 (Aula)

Historical pictures (collection will be continuously updated)

Skilager

Ski camp

From 1945 onwards, the HSG students regularly organised ski camps. The first skiing holidays were held by 14 male and 3 female students under the direction of the university sports teacher Rolf Albonico in the mountain house "Iltios" in Toggenburg. Later, they regularly went to the Fideriser Heuberge or to the Säntis. The students were pleased about the presence of professors, including the later President W.A. Jöhr. At the same time, they wished for a somewhat less "authoritarian management" of their holidays.
Schweizerische Versuchsanstalt

Experimental institute

Did you know that there was once a "Fats and Oils Department" at the HSG? The lower floors of the first HSG university building housed the premises of the "Schweizerische Versuchsanstalt" - today EMPA. When the business academy was founded in 1898, it was already clear that technical material tests for industry were to be carried out in addition to business teaching. First and foremost were tests for the St.Gallen textile associations. But the demand was great and soon leather, detergents, paper, fats and oils also appeared on the laboratory benches and in the test tubes. In 1918, the Federal Council recognised the research institute. In 1936 it was taken over entirely by the Confederation and moved to a new building, but the collaboration with the HSG continued.
Joseph Zingg

«Father Zingg»

The position of caretaker remained in the same family from 1899 to 1941, for 42 years: Joseph Zingg, father and son. In addition to his caretaking activities, father Zingg was also involved in book sales: He imported textbooks from Germany at favourable exchange rates and sold them directly to the students. In 1918, he pointed out to President Schulze that Zingg's work on economics was being offered at a price of Fr. 4.90, while the bookshop had to charge Fr. 5.45. He asked him to "work towards this. He asked him "to work towards making this book sale sister again. Joseph Zingg Junior was a policeman before he was employed at the HSG. In 1911, the school board elected him as 2nd Pedell of the commercial college and as a helper of the yarn control station connected with the institution. After the death of his father in 1921, he became a caretaker. He died of cardiac paralysis on 16 January 1941, in the middle of his work.
Ski camp
Skilager
Experimental institute
Schweizerische Versuchsanstalt
«Father Zingg»
Joseph Zingg
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