On July 16, 2014 the Embassy of Sweden in Jakarta organised a break fast gathering and Pre-Departure Briefing at Erasmus Huis, Jl. Rasuna Said S-3, Setiabudi, South of Jakarta. This event was opened for the Embassy of Sweden staff, Swedish universities alumni, current and future Swedish universities students, and invited guests. This event was hosted by Daniel Johansson, chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Sweden in Jakarta and supported by the Swedish Institute.
Despite of the heavy traffic and rain, the event was attended by around 100 people with around 30 alumni, 40 new students, and 30 invited guests. It started at 16:30 with a short Swedish movies screening followed by a mingle session where attendees can break their fast with delicious Indonesian food. After the lovely dinner Daniel Johansson addressed his speech followed by Hans Pohl’s introduction about STINT. Hans is a Program Director of STINT, The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education. Representative of PPI Swedia, Nur Fajriah, also gave a warm welcome to all the new students and Erlangga, representing Alumni Swedia, gave an insight about Alumni Swedia and activities that it had previously organised.
Besides being very informative, this event was also full of fun and freebies! During quiz session participants got the chance to win various unique merchandise such as Swedish USB and Sweden-Indonesia pins by answering Swedish related questions. The questions covered different topics such as who are the personnels of ABBA and what are theirs songs, who are famous Swedish sportsmen and women, who invented the biological classification, what day does the Midsummer celebration fall every year, and many other questions. There were also doorprize announcement where participant could win an exclusive T-shrirt.
The highlight of the event was when attendees were grouped into different locations such as Gothenburg, Stockholm, Uppsala, Malmö/Lund, and Jönköping. In these smaller groups new students were given the chance to meet alumni (both Indonesian and Swedish) who used to live or study in the city. New students who attended the event took this opportunity to get to know more about the city, how to get around, how to “survive” in Swedish University. The enthusiast from the new students were very high. Likewise, the alumni were very happy to share their tips and stories about their university life.
All in all it was a great and successful event, not to forget a very informative one! Well done to the Embassy of Sweden in Jakarta and all the attendees! In the future, we really hope that more Indonesian students choose Sweden as their destination for studies. For those who have completed their Swedish education, we look forward to see you at Alumni Swedia future events!