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In the more than one hundred years of the University of St.Gallen's history, donations by third parties have been crucial for the launch and implementation of trail-blazing projects at the HSG. Benefactors' donations are an important complement to the existing basic funding provided by the Canton. They enable the realisation of additional research projects, student funding and infrastructural projects.
The Learning Center as added value
for future generations of students
To meet the challenges of digitalisation and the HSG quality standards, a Learning Center on the Rosenberg is intended to enable new forms of learning. It will provide innovative learning environments supplemented by new digital media, thus creating a framework for learning-oriented personal encounters. In group rooms and debating arenas, viable competencies should be fostered, such as a reinforcement of social and technical competence, debating skills, as well as entrepreneurial and creative thinking. "With the HSG Learning Center, we would like to offer a decisive added value for future generations of students," says Dr. Michael Lorz, Managing Director of the HSG Foundation. The Learning Center with a link to the University Library is intended to provide places for 500 students.
The HSG Foundation intends to ensure complete funding by means of donations. Overall costs of CHF 40–50 m have been budgeted for construction, equipment and commissioning. "The aim is not only to create an architectural, but also a contentual lighthouse," says Michael Lorz. The required real estate will be provided to the HSG Foundation by the Canton of St.Gallen through a land lease agreement.
HSG University Development
University Development is the contact point for benefactors and provides access to the University as a whole. It ensures that benefactors will meet the right contacts within the University. In meetings, benefactors' individual interests and support wishes are addressed and checked against the options at the HSG. The gamut of possible commitments ranges from the funding of chairs and research projects and student funding to infrastructural projects. Funding projects must be found to be in harmony with the HSG's strategy and the freedom of teaching and learning before a benefactor's wishes can be translated into practice.