Call for Applications: Co-Creating the University of the Future at oikos FutureLab, St. Gallen-Switzerland

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Join us as we report on the transformation of higher education and student activism, taking place at oikos FutureLab in St. Gallen–Switzerland, 11-12 November, 2013.
Participants FutureLab 2012

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Participants FutureLab 2012

Project Highlights

  • Focus on the transformation of higher education and international student movements in business and economics education.
  • Onsite program dates are 10-13 November with a team of three onsite reporters and offsite editorial support.
  • Onsite costs (food, accommodation, conference fee) are covered.
  • Submit applications until 10 October: CV, pitches, and application form.

ST. GALLEN, Switzerland – We are training and sending a team of selected reporters to report on the FutureLab organized by oikos International – an international student organization that has been active in promoting sustainability among business and economics departments since 1987. The FutureLab brings together 140 participants from academia, business and student organizations to discuss pedagogical innovations in higher education that promote sustainability practices.

The FutureLab aims to co-create the “University of the Future”. Speakers will share their innovative programs to scheme a reference model for sustainability education and to guide students’ concrete projects back in their universities. Based on this and the history of oikos International, we will focus our media coverage of this event on the role of student activism in the transformation of management and economic education.

Through our training program, hands-on experience of conference reporting, and the topic expertise of our editorial team, we will help you develop skills in online journalism, specifically in critical analysis and political reporting.

The team will be composed of three reporters, led by one offsite editor. Before applying, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our work, especially our recent conference projects (most relevant is our coverage of Humanities in Business Education) and the types of articles we produce. We are accepting applications until 10th of October, 2013. 

Please see below for details on the project, and instructions on how to apply.

Project Dates:

Third week of October: Online training via webinars and review of article pitches.

10-12 November, 2013: On-site preparation and conference reporting (arrival 9 October, 8pm, departure 13 November, 8am).

Rest of November: post-conference wrap up (finish writing articles in pipeline, 3 per reporter),  max. 4 weeks after the conference.


  • Professional journalism and conference reporting training program
  • Offsite editorial support
  • Conference participation fee and coverage of food and accommodation during onsite training and conference time (10-13 Nov)


  • Enrolled in a higher education program (i.e. Bachelors-level or above, preferably at the Masters or Doctoral level; professional degree programs welcome)
  • Strong academic background in business/policy/economics (with ideally a concentration in environmental, social, or educational issues)
  • Experience in online journalism
  • Excellent written and verbal English skills

Instructions: Please fill out the application form below and send to (subject line: FutureLab2013) the following:

  • resume or CV [max 2 pgs; .pdf file format]
  • Two to three article pitches of the stories you are interested to follow at the conference site [max 150 words per pitch; one single MS Word file for all pitches]. MUST FOLLOW our guidelines for pitching. In addition, the pitches must:
    • Be derived from one or more of the program of this year’s FutureLab
    • Address a specific geographical area, such as economic union, country, region, city, …
    • Identify which of the four types of stories you are pitching (adapted from Journalistic Approaches):
      • Panel stories: reporter picks a panel to attend and lets the panel discussion drive the topic of the story; follows up with panelists and audience to find the story.
      • Profile stories: interesting conference participants.
      • Investigative stories: broader, cross-thematic stories in realm of the role of business and economics education or student activism.
      • Think pieces: captures the mood of the conference, opinion pieces.

Applicants who cannot access the following Google  form need to make an inquiry via and will be sent a special application form.

Our coverage project receives financial support from oikos.

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