Founded in 1898, the University of St.Gallen (HSG) is Switzerland’s leading business university, and consistently ranks among the top European business schools. In 2018, it ranked fourth in the Financial Times European Business School Ranking. In 2018 its Strategy and International Management (SIM-HSG) programme was No. 1 in the world among master’s programs for the eight straight year. The university, which offers bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees, also is internationally recognized for the excellence of its integrative education on the highest academic level through EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. Its focus on international, integrative and practical programmes in business administration, economics, law, social sciences and international affairs attracts a diverse and motivated student body of over 8,600 students from 84 countries. The university also hosts 41 institutes, research units and centers that are managed independently as businesses. They augment its programs with education and research based on real-world conditions, and train institute staff at the interface between academia and the professional world. A public university of the Canton of St.Gallen, HSG also offers comprehensive, world-class, executive-education programmes for more than 5,000 participants annually.