As a speaker at the last two St. Gallen Symposium, I cannot recommend enough how valuable an experience it is to attend this event. If you are a graduate student who understands the importance of interacting in a global community and discussing very current issues with your peers from around the world, this is the event for you.
The St. Gallen Symposium, a conference organised by the International Students’ Committee (ISC), a student initiative of the University of St. Gallen, is the world’s premier conference for intergenerational, interdisciplinary and intercultural debates. The 42nd St. Gallen Symposium will be held under the topic “Facing Risk” from 3 – 4 May 2012 at the University of St. Gallen.
Two hundred Leaders of Tomorrow engage in challenging debates with 600 Leaders of Today from all over the world. In the past, these distinguished personalities contributed to the intergenerational dialogue with the Leaders of Tomorrow and included Dr Josef Ackermann, Deutsche Bank AG; Robert John Aumann, Nobel laureate; Robert Dudley, BP plc; Prof Niall Ferguson, Harvard University; Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund (IMF); and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister of Finance of Singapore. Notable past Japanese speakers were Fujio Cho, Toyota Motor Company; Toshiki Kaifu, Former Prime Minister of Japan; Hiroshi Mikitani, Rakuten; and many others.
One hundred graduate and postgraduate students have the opportunity to qualify as “Leader of Tomorrow” for participation in the St. Gallen Symposium by submitting a contribution to the student essay competition. The three most outstanding pieces of work will receive the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award, endowed with EUR 20,000, and will be presented to the audience by their authors. Detailed information can be found on www.stgallensymposium.org.