Switzerland is in the habit of being ranked at the top from most viewpoints. Today, in a simultaneous teleconference from Geneva, Franklin campus and Seoul, the Competitive Index compiled by the IPS, the Korean Institute for Industrial Policy Studies, was presented.

Switzerland came fourth, but that is not the story. The true story is that the presentation was held in conjunction with our University and its Research and Executive Education arm, The Taylor Institute. President Greg Warden and Dean Carlo Giardinetti made some introductory remarks, and their presence was applauded by everyone.

This was important recognition for some significant assets of the University, that have been in its DNA throughout its 50-year lifespan. Franklin progresses and develops talents because its spirit thrives on collaboration: it is a hybrid organization, firmly rooted in Switzerland, that uses an Anglo-American Liberal-Arts educational model. Its ability lies in the combination of typical Swiss values that are unique to a country of seven million that functions in four languages, and the everlasting values of Liberal Arts.  These values do not decay with the pace of technology, and for this reason they are a fundamental pillar to complement it.

The collaboration with IPS will create significant added value for both parties, with the Taylor Institute being the agile, forward-thinking and research-producing collection of brains, moving with the freedom that research, which is based on creativity, dictates.

In the end, science and technology may be the engine of progress, but creativity is the ultimate producer of forward leaps for humanity.


President Warden addresses international conference on Global Competitiveness

I am deeply honored to be part of today’s event, and I would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations on this impressive achievement.

I also speak today on behalf of Franklin University Switzerland and its research center, The Taylor Institute, as the university celebrates our 50th anniversary, and the Taylor Institute its 10th Anniversary. I am joined on this Zoom call by the Chair of our Board of Trustees and of the Fondazione Franklin Switzerland, Mr. Kim Hildebrant, as well as the leadership of the Taylor Institute: Dean Branko Sain, co-Director of the Taylor Institute, Dr. Christoph von Arb, Executive Vice President for Strategic Development and International Outreach, and Dean Carlo Giardinetti, co-Director of the Taylor Institute, from whom you will be hearing in few minutes.

Thus, speaking for all of us at Franklin, we are especially honored to participate in an event that is at the core of any university: and event that celebrates research, and particularly research that has impact. We are also honored to take part in this event with partners that share our values, and particularly the value of global collaboration. Today’s event is a great example of what collaboration can achieve. Franklin is a small university, but we are flourishing because we collaborate. We understand that we cannot achieve our ambitions without robust and sustainable partnerships. We are a hybrid organization that uses an Anglo-American educational model grounded in the liberal arts. We are the oldest university in Italian Switzerland and the only institution in the world accredited as a university in both the US and Switzerland, but I want to stress that we are not an American institution. We are Swiss. We are owned and operated by a Swiss Foundation. We are an international university that aspires to what I would argue are Swiss values: civil discourse, transparency, efficiency, and global solutions for future peace and prosperity. Switzerland is our model, a country of four languages (at the heart of a sometimes contentious continent) that leads through example and a genuine concern for the world order.

Franklin’s research/education arm, the Taylor Institute, has a specific vision, to educate and support leaders who are responsible, compassionate, and collaborative. That vision is grounded in a belief that knowledge and education (research that is global, sustainable, and has tangible impact) can create the leaders who will change the world for the better. Today’s event is an example of what can be achieved through collaboration, cooperation, and a belief in the fundamental value of knowledge and research. Again, we are proud to join you here today, and we wholeheartedly congratulate our partners for this achievements.