Working at the HSG Professors at the University of St.Gallen are elected and confirmed by the cantonal government. Appointment is confirmed in writing. The position is in the public sector. A term is eight years. A public-sector position in Switzerland is defined by specific legislation based on cantonal law; the Swiss Code of Obligations is secondary. In a public-sector employment contract, the rule of law applies to the commitment of the government. Government shall not treat its employees in an arbitrary fashion, and any dealings must always be proportionate and comply with the law of equality. Board of Governors protocol Recorded in the protocol are the contractual terms of employment such as salary, full- and part-time positions, starting date, pension scheme, assistance, credits, etc. This document, as approved by the government, functions as the employment contract. The protocol and the conditions of employment at the University of St.Gallen regulate the working relationship between employees and the university. The university does not issue any other written agreement. Languages The primarily language spoken at the University of St.Gallen is German; however, given the rise of internationalisation, English is becoming increasingly important in university life.