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Curriculum Change Academy – Open Evenings

Updated: 16 hours ago

During the 3-day oikos International Academy 2021 (February 26 – 28), students and early researchers will work together on the topic of curriculum change under the guidance of oikos International. The St.Gallen chapter, which is hosting the Academy this year, will draw on the findings and organise four open input sessions and discussion rounds for the students of the University of St.Gallen (HSG) in the following week – the Open Evenings.

Open Evenings

The sessions focus on generating attention for the topic of sustainability at our university. On the one hand, the concrete goal is to initiate a dialogue among students as well as between students, faculties and the university administration. On the other hand, the long-term aim is to integrate sustainability topics into the compulsory curricula.


We want to use the momentum of the Academy to promote and advance Curriculum Change at our own University. After all, by signing the Global Climate Letter for Universities and Colleges as well as the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education, the University of St.Gallen has officially committed itself to strengthening and better integrating the topic of sustainable development in the curricula.


In the week following the Curriculum Change Academy, we will therefore be holding the four Open Evenings, each of which will take place from 6.00 to 7.30 pm. Each evening we explore the integration of sustainability in teaching from different angles, for example through the lens of plural economics or the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


March 01: Kick-Off – curriculum change from different perspectives

The competences we acquire in our studies determine our ability to solve the problems of the future. A call for action from students, business, academia and NGOs.

  • Louise Maunoir, oikos St.Gallen Change on Campus

  • Sébastien Chahidi, Blab Switzerland

  • Prof. Jörg Metelmann, co-author of the book Transformative management education

  • Léo Gilliard, Project Manager Sustainable Universities, WWF Switzerland

Moderator: Samuel Halter


March 02: Sustainability – the SDGs as a framework for positive change

On a political level, the agreement on the SDGs was a milestone. In this session we will find out how they are used in practice by companies and universities.

  • Antonio Hautle, Executive Director UN Global Compact Switzerland

  • Tobias-Fehr Bosshard and Dr. Rachel Brooks, HSG Competence Center for Social Innovation

Moderator: Sandro Tissi


March 03: Plural Economics – start your own learning journey

What are the possibilities to gain insights into Plural Economics in a private as well as in a university context!

  • Prof. Mathias Binswanger, Third most influential economist 2020 according to the NZZ ranking

  • Lorenz Keysser, Plurale Ökonomik Zürich

  • Anita Urban, Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik

Moderator: Theresa Berz


March 04: Panel Discussion – curriculum change at HSG

How is the HSG doing in terms of sustainability in its teaching? Together with our guests, we talk about the culture of change, learn from best practice examples and discuss how students can positively influence curriculum change at our university.

  • Dr.Reto Gubelmann, HSG Head of Curriculum Development

  • Dr. Merla Kubli, Programme Manager Master Certificate Managing Climate Solutions

  • Johannes Tschiderer, President Student Impact

  • Dr. Robert Kordts-Freudinger, HSG Head of Research-Based Educational Development

Moderator: Dominik Hemmi


Register now for the Open Evenings! Find out more about the Curriculum Change Academy.


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