Events - 07.06.2013 - 00:00 

Dies academicus 2013

On Saturday, 25 May 2013, the HSG and its guests celebrated the traditional dies academicus, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Rosenberg campus.
Source: HSG Newsroom


25 May 2013. Numerous guests from academia, trade and industry, politics and population met to celebrate the University of St.Gallen’s most important holiday, the dies academicus. In addition, the University celebrated the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the campus on the Rosenberg.

One new honorary senator, three new honorary doctors
The title of honorary senator was awarded to the former member of the University’s Board of Governors, Werner Gächter. Honorary doctorates were awarded to Prof. Dr. Günther Gebhardt (Economic Sciences), Prof. Dr. Joachim Bornkamm (Legal Sciences) Prof. Deborah Avant, Ph.D. (Political Sciences).

Outstanding achievement honoured
The 2013 Latsis Prize went to Prof. Dr. Michael Bechtel. The Latin America Prize for doctoral theses at Swiss universities was awarded to Claudia Gafner-Rojas. Dr. Andrea Prado received the Promotional Prize of the HSG’s Academic Club.

The Student Union of the HSG awarded two prizes: the prize for excellent teaching, the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching, went to Prof. Dr. Benjamin Schindler. The Mentor Prize was awarded to HSG Executive Director Markus Brönnimann.

50th anniversary of the inauguration of the HSG campus

In his address, President Thomas Bieger described important milestones in the history of the HSG. He referred to the decision to establish an Academy for Commerce, Transport and Administration in 1898. He mentioned the move to the building in Notkerstrasse 20 in autumn 1911 and told the audience about the inauguration of the new campus on the Rosenberg exactly 50 years ago, in 1963. The campus was then the first of the modern type in Switzerland – a milestone for the city and the canton. Bieger used the examples of entrepreneurship, architecture, location and art to explain why something unique had been created at the time. With a presentation of pictures of then and now, Bieger demonstrated that life on the campus has changed.

Furthermore, Dr. Markus Metz, President of the Swiss Federal Administrative Court, gave a speech about the topic of "Are teaching and jurisdiction independent?" Sebastian Götz, President of the Student Union, talked about "More than the cliché". The musical entertainment was provided by the Big Band of Wattwil Cantonal School and the Musikgesellschaft St.Gallenkappel.