International Students' Committee

32nd ISC-Symposium, May 23-25, 2002

    St. Gallen (ots) -  For the 24th time the Max Schmidheiny Foundation will award its Freedom Prize on Saturday, May 25, on the occasion of the 32nd ISC-Symposium, taking place at the University of St. Gallen, from May 23-25, 2002. Every year, the Max Schmidheiny Foundation promotes outstanding scientific, political and entrepreneurial initiatives and achievements that safeguard individual freedom and responsibility. This year's prize will be awarded to Prof. Drs. Ruud Lubbers, High Commissioner, United Nations High Commissariat for Refugees, Geneva, for his contribution to the maintenance and further development of a free social and economic order. He will be speaking on "New Challenges Through Modern Conflicts" in the framework of this year's general topic, "Pushing Limits - Questioning Goals".

    In this context several other renowned decision makers will contribute to the open and constructive dialogue between generations and cultures that the ISC promotes. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, Secretary General of NATO, will make use of the platform of the ISC-Symposium to deliver a strategic speech on "The Future of NATO's Partnerships and Co-operations", while Prof. Dr. Joseph Deiss, Federal Councillor & Head of the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, Berne, will address the issue of "The Feasible and Desirable in Swiss Foreign Policy".

    The extraordinary field of participants including the 250 winners of the ISC Wings of Excellence Award, the world's largest student competition, will discuss recent issues of corporate governance with Christine Lagarde, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Baker & McKenzie, Vernon Ellis, International Chairman, Accenture, as well as André Leysen, Honorary Chairman, Agfa-Gevaert Group. A debate on the goals and limits of scientific research will center on the statements of Ernesto Bertarelli, Chief Executive Officer, Serono International SA, and Augustinus O. Praem. Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck, Executive Director, UNICORN Consultants GmbH. Further keynote sessions featuring General the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, Director, Rothschild Bank and Former UK Chief of Defence Staff, as well as Boris Trajkovski, President of the Republic of Macedonia, will deal with international co-operation in achieving sustainable peace and setting limits to terrorism. Rainer Hertrich, Chief Executive Officer, EADS, and Dr. Ulrich Lehner, Chief Executive Officer, Henkel KGaA, will take a closer look at the goals and limits of multinational corporations in the context of globalisation.

ots Originaltext: ISC-Symposium

Eric Schwaninger
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