From May 23-25, 2002, the 32nd ISC-Symposium is to be held in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The annual Symposium, founded in 1969, has since evolved into an acclaimed platform for interaction among approximately 600 decision makers from business, politics and science. 250 students from the world’s leading universities, selected through the competition for the ISC Wings of Excellence Award, complete the extraordinary spirit of the “3 Days in May.”
The dialogue between generations and nations has been the essence of the ISC-Idea from the very start. The Symposium provides a forum on the campus of the University of St. Gallen in which students can meet with business representatives in a relaxed atmosphere. Every year, prominent and influential leaders are amongst the speakers. In the past, the ISC had the pleasure of welcoming Bill Bradley, Rolf-E. Breuer, Sir Leon Brittan, Michel Camdessus, Rudi Dornbusch, Joschka Fischer, Yotaro Kobayashi, G”ran Lindahl, Jorma Ollila, Romano Prodi, Robert Rubin, and James D. Wolfensohn, to name but a few.
The ISC Wings of Excellence Award was designed to attract highly talented students to the Symposium. Participants are asked to contribute their visions, scenarios and entrepreneurial ideas about this years general topic “Pushing Limits-Questioning Goals.” The contribution can be an essay, video or multimedia presentation. It should contain constructive, provocative, inspiring new thoughts and ideas. In this complex time, the need for an open, constructive and broad-based forum is becoming crucial and seemingly the only way for building a successful, balanced future.
The authors of the 250 best entries will be offered free participation in the ISC-Symposium. Also, the ISC strives to cover a large part of participants’ travel expenses. The winners of the ISC Wings of Excellence Award share a cash prize totalling $15,000. They also have the opportunity to present their outstanding contributions to the Symposiums’ audience.
The deadline for entries is February 15, 2002. University students born in 1972 or later are authorized to participate.
The homepage symposium.org contains more information on the idea and the history of the ISC, participation in the students’ competition, and on the general topic.