News June 2006 You will find the news of June 2006 on this page. Topics are for instance Professor Gross' farewell lection or the dies academicus 2006. Professor Gross' farewell lection Since the University succeeded in luring him to St Gallen from his first post at the University of Bamberg, where he had eminently filled the position of Sociology professor for nine years, it has found in him an inspiring guiding intellectual force of enlightened social science (one of his concepts), who was never satisfied with academic editing of textbook knowledge.Research Day at the University 20 Juni 2006. On Tuesday, 20 June the University Research Day took place at the University of St Gallen, offering workshops, panel discussions and information booths. The University of St Gallen wants to position itself internationally as the leading university in selected research fields of great social importance.Consequently, there are two new main research emphases at the University: Work, Ageing and Welfare as well as Wealth and Risk. The University announced this at the University Research Day in the course of a media interview. In this respect, the President of the University Ernst Mohr signed the “Berlin Declaration”. The purpose of this declaration is to guarantee open, gratis access to researchers’ scientific publications. In this respect, read the media interviews with University President Ernst Mohr Vice-president Bernhard Ehrenzeller Professor Kirchgässner Professor Schmeiser Dies academicus 2006 10 June 2006. The entire HSG celebrated on Saturday, 10 June: four honorary doctorates were awarded; researchers, students and graduates received prizes and awards. In his keynote speech, HSG Honorary Doctor Prof. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Schürer pleaded for a new self-conception on the part of the university community; Student Union President Andreas Hellmann spoke about "Yesterday. Today! Tomorrow!", and in his brief talk, HSG Alumni President Dr. Urs Landolf spoke of "Setting off into the future".Honorary doctoratesPrizes and awardsWelcoming address by President Ernst MohrFounding of the Center for Sino-Swiss Competence (CSSC-HSG) The official founding of the Center for Sino-Swiss Competence (CSSC-HSG) took place on 1 June 2006. It was opened with greetings from the Chinese ambassador Zhu Bangzao as well as from Professor Ernst Mohr, President of the University of St.Gallen.