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Helvetia has a long tradition: in over 150 years, it has grown from a number of Swiss and foreign insurance companies into a successful insurance group that does business everywhere in Europe. Today, Helvetia has branch offices in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, France and Liechtenstein, and routes some of its investment and financing activities through subsidiaries and fund companies in Luxembourg and Jersey. The Group is headquartered in St.Gallen.

Helvetia is active in the life, property and casualty and reinsurance business, and almost 7’000 employees provide services to more than 4.7 million customers. With a business volume of CHF 7.76 billion, Helvetia generated underlying earnings of CHF 421.7 million in the 2014 financial year. Helvetia is also committed to the environment and to society in many ways. The registered shares of Helvetia Holding are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange under the symbol HELN.

Helvetia aims to use its stable business portfolio as the foundation for substantially expanding its position in its preferred country markets. To achieve this ambition, Helvetia follows the motto «To excel in growth, profitability and customer loyalty»

Helvetia provides special insurance offers to all PHD Students. Our insurance coverage with regard to loss, damage and theft of property for your car, house, household and travel contents or even life insurance offers the best solutions for your own safety. Our Helvetia-HSG-Team would be pleased to advise you on any insurance questions. Don’t hesitate and contact your personal advisors Hanna Ekberg or Stephanie Güntert (Mail: Hanna Ekberg@helvetia.ch, Stephanie.Guentert@helvetia.ch, Phone: +41 79 856 44 55)



UBS draws on its over 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. Its business strategy is centered on its pre-eminent global wealth management businesses and its leading universal bank in Switzerland, complemented by its Global Asset Management business and its Investment Bank, with a focus on capital efficiency and businesses that offer a superior structural growth and profitability outlook.

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, UBS is present in all major financial centers worldwide and employs about 60,000 people around the world. It has offices in more than 50 countries, with about 35% of its employees working in the Americas, 36% in Switzerland, 17% in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and 12% in Asia Pacific.

Under Swiss company law, UBS Group AG is organized as an Aktiengesellschaft, a corporation that has issued shares of common stock to investors. UBS Group AG is the holding company of the UBS Group. The operational structure of the Group comprises the Corporate Center and five business divisions: Wealth Management, Wealth Management Americas, Retail & Corporate, Global Asset Management and the Investment Bank.

UBS is Switzerland’s largest and strongest universal bank. And Switzerland is the only country where we’re active in retail banking, corporate and institutional banking, wealth management, asset management, and investment banking. Building on 150 years of banking history, UBS Switzerland holds a leading position in all five business segments. With approximately 300 branches and 4,700 client-facing staff, we are able to reach approximately 80% of Swiss wealth, and we serve one in three households, one in every three wealthy individuals and almost half of all Swiss companies.

As a sponsor, UBS exclusively offers free bank accounts to DocNet members until the age of 35.


Bertelsmann is Supporting Partner of DocNet. Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds.


The Young Investigator Programme (YIP) is the umbrella brand for training, services and resources at the University of St. Gallen that are available to support Ph.D. students, Postdocs and Assistant Professors in their current qualification stage or their employment at the University of St. Gallen, respectively. YIP supports Ph.D. students at the start of their doctoral programme to get to grips with the academic system and to build competencies to complete their dissertation successfully and effectively. With these aims in mind, YIP offers training, information events and personal counselling on topics such as the academic system in Switzerland, motivation for pursuing Ph.D. studies, principles of scientific work, project management for applied research, financing Ph.D. studies as well as academic writing. Towards the end of the Ph.D. studies, most Ph.D. students are unsure about the next steps or their career objectives. YIP supports Ph.D. students in planning their professional future and acquiring relevant competencies for their chosen profession – inside or outside academia. At this stage, YIP offers students training sessions, personal counselling and mentoring on topics such as life design after graduation, complexity management, grant writing and time management to ensure that they finish their thesis in good time.