Reflections from Kampala

Most of last week was spent in Kampala, capital of Uganda, home to hundreds of Swedish Institute (SI) Alumni over the years.

Our first event after arrival was naturally to host the first alumni gathering in Uganda, arranged by the Swedish Embassy and co-hosted together with the Swedish Institute at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, Mr.Urban Andersson. SI:s Director General, Mrs Annika Rembe, attended the event and expressed the importance of continued Alumni relations and connections with Sweden. As Manager of SI:s Alumni relations, I was delighted that over 30 alumni currently in Uganda attened the event. SI Alumni can be found in a wide varuety of feilds as Professors, researchers or as professionals in private- or health sectors, some in financial investment, all gathered to network and revitalize their contacts with Sweden.

Alumneventet Kampala

Alumneventet Kampala

The focal point of our Second day in Uganda was “Sweden Day at Makerere University” in Kampala. We estimated that an overwhelming 1.300 students passed by the Sweden day venue all curious about studies and Scholarship opportunities to Sweden. During the day 6 SI Alumni who had just returned from Sweden joined us in discussion panels and shared their experience on studying in Sweden, they held two presentations on the topic of studying in Sweden, making a truly important contribution to our Sweden Day. Niklas Dahlberg, Program Manager for the “Study Scholarship programme” held a few presentations on scholarship opportunities in Sweden.

Team of Alumni answering questions, here Alumni Dixon Atahurra

Team of Alumni answering questions, here Alumni Dixon Atahurra

 

More intriguing questions from the gathered interested students answered by the SI Alumni, here Alumni Ester Nakuru

More intriguing questions from the gathered interested students answered by the SI Alumni, here Alumni Ester Nakuru

The highlight of the day was when the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University together with the Swedish Ambassador and Director General of SI took the stage and officially handed over the complete volume of the Linnaeus Apostles to Makerere University. Read more on the Swedish Embassies website.

Inauguration of Sweden Day at Makerere with the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, together with the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda Mr. Urban Andersson and Director General of Swedish Institute Annika Rembe

Inauguration of Sweden Day at Makerere with the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, together with the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda Mr. Urban Andersson and Director General of Swedish Institute Annika Rembe

 

Program Manager Niklas Dahlberg on Swedish Institute Scholarship programmes

Program Manager Niklas Dahlberg on Swedish Institute Scholarship programmes

To find out more from current Ugandan scholars in Sweden, listen to what three brand new scholarship holders had to say: https://vimeo.com/78817174

Curious Makerere Scholars in the Sweden tent on Campus

Curious Makerere Scholars in the Sweden tent on Campus check out the exhibition; “The Life Puzzle- The Role of the Swedish Family”. The mini exhibition was shown for the first time in Uganda, here at Makerere University and engaged student’s and alumni in both laughter and discussions on equality.

Follow the Swedish embassies calendar for future events; http://www.swedenabroad.com/kampala.

Also check out our activity on Twitter concerning both events:
Twitter: @SweInstitute #sialumni
Twitter: @SwedeninUG  – Sweden in Uganda
Twitter: @SwedEnvoyUganda – The Swedish Ambassador of Sweden to Uganda, Mr. Urban Andersson
Instagram: #sialumni, you’ll find some pictures and short films from Uganda
Follow the Swedish Embassy in Kampala on Facebook: www.facebook.com/embassyofswedeninkampala