Alumni events were held in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai last week as Swedish universities and Swedish Institute representatives were in China to attend the China Education Expo.
On 23 October more than 70 alumni from 18 Swedish universities attended a workshop on networking and career building at the Nordic Centre in Beijing. The event was organised by the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing with support from the Swedish Institute. Ms Emily Roblin, founder and Managing Partner of LEAP, engaged the alumni in a dynamic workshop that equipped the attendees with valuable networking skills and helped expand their social and professional networks. The alumni also got a little taste of Sweden as they were served Swedish-inspired sandwiches from Modo and delicious cinnamon buns baked by the Nordic Centre staff. The evening ended with a lucky draw where one lucky alumnus won a ping pong bat signed by Swedish ping pong superstar and “ever green tree”, Jan-Ove Waldner, a.k.a. Lao Wa.
An alumni gathering was organised in Guangzhou on 28 October at the castle-like Tangyuan restaurant beautifully located at the Liuhua lake in the centre of the city. This is the first time that the Swedish Institute organise an event to connect alumni in the Guangzhou area. We were very happy to see more than 30 alumni come out to join us, not only alumni from Guangzhou but also from the neighbouring city Shenzhen. Old friends were reunited for the first time since they parted ways back in Sweden, but many new contacts were also made and we were happy to see the Swedish alumni network in Guangzhou being brought closer together. A WeChat group of nearly forty members was formed as a result of the event.
On 30 October ca 80 former students at Swedish universities attended a social gathering in the former French concession in Shanghai. Spirits were high as old and new friends from both China and Sweden mingled over a Scandinavian buffet dinner. A Sweden quiz was held on the theme of fashion and design (The Nordic Design & Innovation Week kicks off today in Shanghai) and competition was fierce between alumni teams from different universities. In the end the Stockholm University alumni team won by only one point over Lund and KTH! The event was organised by the Swedish Consulate General in Shanghai with support from the Swedish Institute.
The Sweden Alumni Network in China (SANC) is the biggest Swedish alumni network in the world with currently about 1000 members in different parts of China. Each year when the Swedish Institute and Swedish universities go to China to promote Swedish higher education at the China Education Expo we are joined in our booth by fantastic SANC volunteers to help us inform presumptive students about studying in Sweden. The volunteers are a fantastic resource to SI and we are very grateful for the amazing support they provide us in our efforts to promote Sweden as a study destination.