This Tuesday morning we entered a very secret place: the Rosenberg Institute, which is often presented as the incubator of the Davos Forum. For more than a century, this 5-star boarding school has hosted children from the richest families in the world. Magazine She offers us this week a guided tour.
We are in St. Gallen, on the border with Liechtenstein, between the Alps and Lake Constance. Perched on a hill, a dozen small Art Nouveau mansions surrounded by pink railings. Decorated with stained glass and ceramic cherub statues, it’s a bit like Hogwarts, the magic stone from Harry Potter, on a winter sports postcard.
Behind these doors 300 students, boys tie suit, pleated skirt and girls blazer. You won’t know who her rich parents are. Here, we do not brandish the pedigree of students to publicize. “All I can tell you, the director slides, is that parents who put their children in Rosenberg are very generous people“We would have suspected it, since registration costs more than 120,000 euros a year.
Prestigious teaching and equipment
For this price, students are pampered and ultra stimulated. Just look at a college student’s schedule, it looks like that of a master’s student at a prestigious university. There’s the basics: coding or speaking lessons, and then the options: “diplomacy and leadership”, “family business” or “applied robotics”. Some courses are taught by Harvard professors and at the team level, we are almost at NASA: there is a 3D printer, virtual reality equipment, a hologram machine and a greenhouse that simulates the climate in 2050, story of “considering the future of agriculture.” We are far from the touch-ups of our technology courses.
Here, without conferences, without overcrowding. Like other institutes of the same type, Rosenberg practices reverse pedagogy: the student is supposed to create his own knowledge. What matters is personal development and curiosity, the “emotional connection between student and subject,” they tell us. To keep things connected, the school offers highly personalized supervision: about three students per teacher and about 700 different lessons each week. These are organized by an algorithm and artificial intelligence. Therefore, each schedule is tailor-made.
Becoming the owner of the world is exhausting, so everything is planned so that future elites can rest. Each guest has their own suite, with a marble bathroom and cherry wood floors. To relax: several tennis courts, a fitness room, a 400-square-meter golf course and a yacht for jet ski sessions on Lake Constance. In the canteen, without self-service egg mayonnaise: we serve meals prepared by chefs, guaranteed “100% healthy” and “locavores”.
40% of Rosenberg’s children come from Russia or former Soviet countries.
In front of the refectory, there is a large black sign with a number: 0.045%, “Percentage of the population that can afford to study at their school.” A reminder to remind these children that they are privileged and that we are among us. Co-education? I don’t know, we are here among super heirs. All students speak at least three languages.
About 40% come from Russia or former Soviet countries. Parents work in tech or rule an industrial dynasty, often living under the protection of bodyguards and they only fear that their children will be kidnapped or extorted. Hence the discretion of the place, and the security cameras on each floor.
After its passage in this cocoon, students are scattered throughout the best universities in the world. France is offside. For them, it is a kind of folk province, just the theme of a special “South of France” dinner simmered by the star chef. The gotha school: a report to read She this week.