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Deadline: February 1, 2021 23:59 (GMT-1200)| Apply here
Eligibility: Students born in 1991 or later, enrolled at a regular university, who are matriculated in a graduate or postgraduate programme

Global Essay Competition 2021

Compete in the Global Essay Competition and qualify for participation as a Leader of Tomorrow in the world’s premier opportunity for cross-generational debates: The St. Gallen Symposium.

The St. Gallen Symposium

The St. Gallen Symposium is a two-day conference taking place at the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland) in May.

Every year key decision-makers from the fields of economics, politics, science, and society take part in the symposium to meet and exchange with the next generation of leaders.

The entire conference is organised by the International Students’ Committee. It’s a Team of 35 students from the University of St.Gallen who pause their studies for 10 months to engage in the realization of intergenerational dialogue.

Why participate

Meet 300 of society’s brightest young minds. Present and debate your ideas with 600 senior leaders. Be inspired by some of the world’s most impressive speakers.

Gain a unique and new perspective on this year’s topic. Become a member of a unique global community. Celebrate our 50th anniversary with us.

Win prize money of CHF 20,000 split amongst the three winners.

Topic: A Matter of Trust: How Can Trust be Repaired When It’s Lost?

In recent years, we have seen many reports about “trust crises” in the realms of politics, health, business, technology, science, and media. Political and corporate scandals, mass protests, and deteriorating trust indicators in global perception surveys support this diagnosis.

As a result, senior leaders in many of these sectors publicly aspire to « rebuild trust » in their decisions, products, or institutions. What would be your advice to them?

Choose an area in one of the above-mentioned sectors where you see evidence that citizens’, consumers’, regulators’, employees’ or other stakeholders’ trust has been lost.

Describe your example of an apparent loss of trust; offer concrete and practical proposals on repairing damaged trust. Describe your idea’s impact for the future.

Interested in applying for the Global Essay Competition 2021? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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