Milestones from HSG Alumni

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Opening Square

Over 1'000 donors, including many HSG alumni and alumnae, have made the Square possible through their donations. The building has been in operation since February 2022 and promotes future-oriented forms of learning and teaching – for students, but also for alumnae and alumni.

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First Germany Conference

In March 2012, the first HSG Alumni Germany Conference took place under the motto "Market Economy 3.0". This was followed by six further HSG Alumni Germany Conferences. With more than 3'800 members, the Germany community is the largest alumni community outside of Switzerland. 

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Start Project Career Services

In 2009, due to great demand in the HSG alumni community, the "Career Services" project was launched. From then on, a pool of coaches advises HSG alumni and alumnae on their career path. To date, the continuous development of "Career Services" has resulted in more than 350 consultations.

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Opening HSG Alumni House

Thanks to donations from alumni, alumnae and friends of the HSG, the HSG Alumni House at the WBZ could be realized (picture: opening ceremony). It is the first large-scale project realized by the HSG Foundation. The hotel comprises 54 stylish single rooms, which are available to course participants and lecturers of executive education courses.

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Foundation HSG Shop GmbH

The HSG Shop GmbH was founded in December 2004 as a joint venture of the University of St.Gallen and HSG Alumni and represents an essential part of the HSG's external image. Over the past 15 years, the HSG Shop has developed into the exclusive provider of university merchandising articles. 

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Founding of the HSG Alumni Foundation

With the launch of the fundraising campaign "Campus for the Center for Continuing Education", the HSG Alumni Foundation (picture: founding board) was established. In 2013, it officially changed its name and has since been called the HSG Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to promote the strategic further development of the University of St.Gallen in the areas of research and teaching.

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From University Association to HSG Alumni

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the HSG in 1997, the university association was renamed HSG Alumni. From 1998 onwards, an office was established under the professional management of Peter Hogenkamp.

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Donation to WBZ building

During the 1990s, the association was particularly active in the expansion of the executive education and the international network of the HSG. Projects such as the donation to the WBZ building and the donation of the Luginbühl sculpture in front of the WBZ were pending.

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Approval New Building

In the 1980s, the University Association played a major role in the approval of the new building on the Rosenberg through public relations work. In addition, HSG Alumni contributed CHF 200'000 to the Cucchi artwork.

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The first small computer

Under the leadership of President Heinz R. Wuffli, the University Association purchased the first small computer at the university, thus ushering in the computer age at the university. Under his presidency, the number of members also rose to over 5'000.

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The Realization of Executive Education

After the first 25 years of existence of the university association, the first president, Dr. h.c. Curt E. Wild, gathered no less than 2,000 members around him. In 1964, Walter Rheiner took over the presidency with the aim of founding a continuing executive education.

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Foundation of the University Association of St.Gallen

On the University Day of the winter semester 1930/31, the time has come: After several attempts, put on hold due to the First World War, the official foundation of the University Association takes place, presided by Dr. h.c. Curt E. Wild. This was to be – and is – the most important link between the university and the public.

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Presidencies Hochschulverein / HSG Alumni

since 2020      Mathieu S. Jaus

2003 – 2020   Dr.iur. Urs Landolf

2000 – 2003   Wolfram Martel

1997 – 2000   Carla Wassmer

1991 – 1997   Dr.oec. Wilfried Rutz

1982 – 1991   Dr.oec. Max Bruggmann

1969 – 1982   Dr.oec. Heinz R. Wuffli

1964 – 1969   Bank Director Walter Rheiner

1932 – 1964   Dr.h.c. Curt E. Wild

1931 – 1932   Dr. Emil Duft