Guests from 39 countries at HSG Presidents and programme coordinators of leading business universities will be meeting at the HSG for the 41st conference of the Partnership in International Management (PIM). From 3 to 5 November, 140 guests will discuss current issues in the economy and in academia. 28 October 2014. The PIM Conference provides the HSG with an opportunity to present itself as a reliable international partner in this network and to consolidate and further extend its international networks. PIM is a worldwide network of 60 leading business universities, among them the London School of Economics and Political Science, the École des hautes études commerciales (HEC) Paris and New York University. The objectives pursued by PIM are the exchange of faculty and students, as well as international cooperation in teaching and research programmes. Every year, about 800 exchange students from partner universities come to the University of St.Gallen, while approx. 1,500 students spend an exchange semester abroad. Conference guests also include Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation. He will give a lecture on the topic “New Mindset of Innovation in Business”, talk to international university representatives and also meet exponents of regional educational institutions. The English-language conference in the Audimax (Room 09-010) also offers a few public programme points: Tuesday, 4 November: 1.30 p.m: lecture by Dr. Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation: “New Mindeset of Innovation in Business”. Wednesday, 5 November: 9.00 a.m: lecture by Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. Carl Baudenbacher (President of the EFTA Court): “Switzerland’s position in the global regulatory competition”. 140 people from all over the world will travel to St.Gallen for the conference. Besides the conference, the HSG project team has also organised a tourist social programme for the foreign guests. The 2014 PIM Conference had been scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv. After the conflict in Israel flared up, PIM looked for an alternative venue. St.Gallen stepped in at short notice.