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An­der­matt Swiss Alps and the St. Gallen Sym­po­sium an­nounce long-term part­ner­ship

November 4, 2021

The Andermatt Swiss Alps Group (ASA) and the St. Gallen Symposium have established a long-term partnership. Whereas the Andermatt Swiss Alps Group pursues the goal of becom-ing a prime year-round and integrated alpine destination” the St. Gallen Symposium is the world's leading initiative for cross-generational dialogue. The new partnership creates innova-tive progress for both.

In the light of the topic of the 51st St. Gallen Symposium in May 2022, "Collaborative Advantage", the new partnership combines resources, know-how and ideas while both partners are sharing an interna-tional charisma and a growing relevance from Switzerland to the world.

Each year in autumn, the International Students’ Committee and the St. Gallen Foundation are getting ready for the global outreach to 300+ universities, many international companies and institutions with regard to the dialogue between young and senior leaders. In this context and as a part of the new col-laboration the team of the St. Gallen Symposium will realise its annual retreat with selected educa-tional and dialogue formats in the facilities of Andermatt Swiss Alps for the coming years.

Last week the retreat and exchange took place in Andermatt for the first time and under best condi-tions. To experience the Andermatt region's full scope, the students from St. Gallen walked up the Schöllenen Gorge via the Devil's Bridge or had to pass night challenges along the historical and natu-ral highlights. For the seminars they could take advantage of the excellent conference infrastructure and innovative spirit of Andermatt.

Raphael Krucker, CEO of Andermatt Swiss Alps, was impressed by the inspiring and challenging ex-change with the team from St. Gallen: "It's quite a time since I experienced such a passion and so many hints for a new way of looking at things. This is as an ideal way to enhance our connex with the next generation." For Andermatt Swiss Alps, the partnership also underlines the commitment to ad-vance the academic and scientific collaboration in Switzerland and worldwide.

The St. Gallen Symposium will take the new insights created in Andermatt to the world. Beat Ulrich, CEO of the St. Gallen Symposium, says: "The idea of this year's topic "Collaborative Advantage" is to identify new win-win constellations to address the pressing issues of our time as well as to identify new chances. Also, the two partners bring together very exciting networks across generations and coun-tries. Already in these first days, we have developed new approaches related to digital, sustainability and the common good."

Deborah Walt and Enya Eggenberger of the Students' Committee summarised the first retreat as fol-lows: "Our retreat was a unique combination of content exchange, fundamental challenge and reward-ing hospitality as well as culinary excellence.”

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