22 students of the Master’s degree programme in Banking and Financial Management at the University of Liechtenstein recently took part in a 12 days educational journey to China. They visited numerous financial services institutions, as well as manufacturing companies in Beijing and Shanghai.
As part of a joint initiative the protagonists in the financial centre of Liechtenstein have launched the Internet platform www.finance.li. «Finance.li» combines all the services and protagonists on one homepage, assuming the function of comprehensive and informative «Single Point of Entry». Among the partners is also the FL House of Finance at the University of Liechtenstein.
Manuela Weiss, who graduated from the Master’s degree programme in IT and Business Process Management in 2012, currently works as an SAP consultant at Zumtobel AG in Dornbirn. The degree programme at the University of Liechtenstein convinced her to move into consultancy and to engage with unfamiliar business processes.
Oliver Stahl, who graduated from the Master of Advanced Studies in Business Administration, is delighted by the creative learning atmosphere and the close contact to the lecturers at the University of Liechtenstein. Today the entrepreneur successfully runs Snack- und Früchtebox Express and is pursuing his Executive MBA in parallel.
For Peter Droege, founder and Chair of the LISDAR, the concept – which has continued to develop since 2008 – has proven its worth. It has now become more colourful, more international and larger than ever: 60 speakers from around the world spoke about the world of finance and foundations, buildings and regional development, as well as business models and information systems.
Energy efficiency pays off for owners of buildings and facilities, and can be financed in line with market conditions by fund investors, says Patrick Fankhauser, co-founder and fund manager of the SUSI Energy Efficiency Fund.
For Horace Herring, energy efficiency is a very convenient policy, but it has been completely ineffective in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Drawing on the economic principle known as the ‘rebound effect’, the British academic believes that the monetary savings that arise from energy efficiency should be diverted into low carbon sources of energy, and not into increased consumption.
Ecoproductive regions in the Alps are well known for being important for agriculture, biodiversity and raw materials such as wood, but they also play a crucial role in carbon sequestration. Urban development and climate change are now wreaking havoc on these regions, causing them to become carbon emitters instead of carbon absorbers, explains Carmen de Jong, Professor of Geography at the University of Savoy, France.
Ingela Lindh believes that Stockholm’s eco-district Hammarby Sjöstad has been a success, even if some of its sustainability targets were not met. The Swedish architect says that it is not helpful to compare what was done before with what is possible to do today because our expectations will always fall short. We should take what was learned and aspire to accomplish even more next time.
Sustainability is no longer an additional aspect of doing business. It has become the core of doing business. As participants at LISDAR’s third day pointed out, businesses have to rethink their business model as well as their organisation – and they need information systems suitable for their needs.
Sustainable buildings are a technical standard today. Now the time has come to focus on sustainable cities as a whole. This includes the production of energy as well as the management of all resources and the use of urban space for agriculture. To make sustainable cities possible, it requires public as well as private investment.
“Time plays a crucial role when it comes to sustainable development, not just because it’s about doing the right thing, but rather because it’s about doing it now”, said Klaus Tschütscher, Prime Minister of Liechtenstein, in his opening remarks. Highlights from Day 1 of the Liechtenstein Congress on Sustainable Development and Responsible Investing.
In Zurich on 22 June 2011, a team of students from the Master’s degree programme in Business Process Management at the University of Liechtenstein won the Swiss regional finals in the Accenture Campus Challenge 2011.
Effective May 16, Herwig Dämon (43) assumed responsibility as the Head of Communications at the University of Liechtenstein. In this role he - together with his team - oversees Corporate Communications and Marketing.