The Symposium

The Education Symposium Switzerland and International School Leadership Symposium is a conference for School Effectiveness, School Improvement, School Management. The conference is hosted by the Institute for the Management and Economics of Education (IBB) of the University of Teacher Education Zug in cooperation with various partners. The Symposium will be supported by third-party funding and further regional, national and international partners.

The Symposium follows the tradition of the events organized by Prof. Dr. Stephan Gerhard Huber, Director of the IBB, in the last years. Since 2004 the International School Leadership Symposium takes place every two years, since 2009 in Zug and since 2013 in combination with the Education Symposium Switzerland.

The Symposium focuses on the challenges and opportunities for schools and school leadership. In the keynote speeches, workshops, and poster presentations, current challenges and opportunities in the fields of school effectiveness, school improvement, and school management will be discussed. The core idea is to share ideas, knowledge, and experiences.

The conference language is English.  During the plenary program, simultaneous interpretation will be provided for the keynote speeches that are given in German.

Prior to the conference, we arrange an International Seminar which starts in the afternoon on 1st of September and ends at lunch time on the 2nd and offers an excellent opportunity for international networking and exchange of knowledge and experiences across countries in a smaller group of people. The International Seminar will also be held in English.

For the Symposium 2015, it is a pleasure to welcome participants from various target groups and countries. At the last Symposium, 800 experts from 52 different countries were in Zug.

Target groups

  • school leaders/principals/head teachers
  • vice principals/deputies
  • members of the senior management team
  • members of the school development team
  • teachers interested in school effectiveness, school improvement, school management
  • representatives of school leader associations
  • representatives of training centres
  • representatives of educational authorities
  • representatives of ministries
  • academics working in the fields of school effectiveness, school improvement, school management, education administration/management/leadership
  • representatives of parents’ associations
  • representatives of community authorities
  • representatives of support institutions
  • representatives of school and business partnership
  • representatives of foundations
  • representatives of publishing houses
  • representatives of social politics and social welfare administration
  • representatives of non school related associations and organisations
  • representatives of parents’ associations