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St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2013 Essay Competition

St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2013 Essay Competition

Every year, the competition for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award offers graduate and postgraduate university students throughout the world the unique opportunity to qualify for an expenses-covered participation as “Leaders of Tomorrow” in the St. Gallen Symposium. Students enter into a challenging exchange of ideas with today’s global leaders about the pressing economic and societal questions of our time. Competitors are invited to submit their thoughts and visions on the theme of the St. Gallen Symposium. All contributions will be evaluated according to specific criteria by an independent jury, composed of professors, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and politicians.


The competitors must choose from one of the following competition questions:

#Cluster A: Putting incentives right

How come that both in the corporate world and in politics, responsible courage (e.g. whistleblowing, courage to disagree with current paradigms, etc.) is hardly ever rewarded? Where the big decisions for the future are taken, anxiety, conformity and despondence prevail. How can this be changed?

#Cluster B: Coping with institutions

Institutions of all kinds shape our behaviour – be it economic, political or social behaviour. How should institutions be designed in order to foster a sustainable economic and social development?

#Cluster C: Against the current – courageous people

Observers lament that younger generations, as individualistic as they are, tend to settle for a highly streamlined social and economic world that does not ask for big decisions or unconventional thinking. Please share your opinion on this observation and explain why you agree or disagree. Please use examples that support your arguments.

#Cluster D: Management of excellence

New insights can only flourish within a culture of dialogue in different opinions. No assumptions should be taken for granted nor should there be any unquestioned truth. However, most people (decision makers, managers, students, etc.) often fail to deal constructively with conflicting opinions. How can companies encourage their employees to build a healthy attitude towards unconventional thinking and acting?


St. Gallen Symposium


The authors of the 100 best contributions qualify for a participation in the St. Gallen Symposium. The following highlights await the qualifiers:

  • Meet 600 top decision makers and 200 of the world’s brightest young minds
  • Expenses for travel, board and lodging covered, travel service provided
  • The three winners will present their work in front of the assembled plenum
  • The three winners share EUR 20,000 prize money


1 February, 2013 by 11.59pm (UTC -12).


  • The format of the submission must be one of the following:


»  Max. 2,100 words (excluding bibliography)

»  Stating the exact word count

»  Name must not be stated

» Accepted formats: doc, pdf, docx


»  Max. 15 minutes

»  Name must not be stated

»  Accepted formats: ppt, pps, pdf, pptx, ppsx


»  Max. 15 minutes

»  Name must not be stated

»  Accepted formats: vhs, dvd, avi, mpeg, mov

NB: An abstract (max. 200–300 words), outlining the core message of the contribution, must be provided on the application form.

  • To be eligible for the competition, all of the following criteria have to be fulfilled:
  • Eligible are students who are currently enrolled at a university, studying at graduate and post graduate level (Master’s level or higher), from any field of study, born in 1983 or after.
  • Accepted language for all submissions is English
  • All submissions must meet the following specifications

»  All sources must be quoted

»  Plagiarism will result in disqualification

»  The work has to be written exclusively for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award

»  Only individual contributions are allowed

  • All applications must be supported by:

»  Copy of your passport or other official form of ID (no driving licenses) in English or German

»  Confirmation of matriculation of the university by February 2013 in English or German (official translation)

  • Applying for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award is easy. Just follow the four steps below.

#Step 1 – Check Eligibility & Create Account

Please check if you are eligible for applying for the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award. In order to be eligible, you must fulfill all of the following criteria as of 1 February, 2013:

You must be enrolled at a recognised university or an educational institution that is affiliated to a university, and you must be enrolled in a graduate or post-graduate programme (e.g. Master, MBA, Ph.D., postgraduate Diplomas) and you must be born in or after 1983. If you have any doubts if you are eligible, please contact our team as instructed below before moving ahead with steps 2-4.

Then, head over to the application page and create your account. You can then view the form and start filling out a draft application before you submit it in step 4.

#Step 2 – Choose a question, make your contribution

If you are eiligible, you must choose one of the four given competition questions and create your contribution in the form of an essay, video or multimedia presentation. Follow the precise guidelines and requirements for creating your contribution.

Step 3 – Prepare all required documents

Prepare the documents required for your application. For a complete and valid application, please provide the following documents:

#Your contribution as a single digital file

#A short text-based abstract describing your contribution in a maximum of 200–300 words.

#A confirmation of matriculation: an official document provided by your university proving your enrolment in a graduate program or higher as of 1 February 2013.

#Valid ID: this may be a scan of your passport, national ID card, drivers’ license or other forms of ID proving your date of birth being in or after1983 along with a photograph, your full name and nationality.

Step 4 – Submit your application

Start the application process by clicking the link below. This will take you to our competition registration system, where you must create a login in order to access the application form.

To later review your application or supply additional documents as requested, also use the link below.


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