Launching of Alumni Swedia Chapter Yogyakarta

On 1 March a new chapter of the Indonesian alumni network “Alumni Swedia” was launched in Yogyakarta. Below is a report from Alumni Swedia chairman Erlangga Arfan on the launching event.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 was a special moment for the Alumni Swedia. On that day, the Alumni Swedia Chapter Yogyakarta was launched. Taking place at the InSIStS (Indonesian-Swedish Initiative for Smart Energy Solutions) office at the University of Gadjah Mada compound, the launching was attended by the second secretary of the Embassy of Sweden, Lina Eidmark, the chairman of Alumni Swedia, Erlangga Arfan and other participants such as the Embassy staff, the Board of Alumni Swedia, Indonesian Professors having experiences as visiting lecturers in Sweden as well as Indonesians graduated from Swedish universities living in Yogyakarta.

“Potong Tumpeng” tradition. Left to right: Prof. Djamaludin Ancok, Prof Lukito, Erlangga Arfan, Ahmad Agus Setiawan and Lina Eidmark.

The event started at 16:00 with a welcome speech by Lina Eidmark and continued by Erlangga Arfan presenting the profile, timeline and activities of Alumni Swedia since its first launch in 2012. During the profile presentation, Prof. Djamaludin Ancok, Phd., a visiting professor in Boras and Jonkoping in 2005-2010 informed that there are actually several Indonesians who studied in Sweden from the Faculty of Psychology and other faculties in University of Gadjah Mada who might not be aware of the Alumni Swedia organization. The Alumni Swedia then suggested that those alumni could register using the registration form on the Alumni Swedia website (www.alumniswedia.org). The inauguration was marked with the Indonesian tradition of “Potong Tumpeng” – cutting the top of a traditional yellow rice cone – by Lina Eidmark. The top of tumpeng was given to Ahmad Agus Setiawan, a KTH alumni, as a temporary chairman of Alumni Swedia Chapter Yogyakarta.

Buffet and mingle were the next activity, and we also had a guest speaker, Nils Henoch from the Swedish Energy Agency, who shared interesting insights about the energy policy in Sweden. Then we had fun quizzes and door prizes before closing the event with group pictures (that was compulsary!).

The Alumni Swedia would like to thank the Swedish Institute for their huge support of this launching, and hopes that from now on the Yogyakarta Chapter can support the Sweden alumni in Yogyakarta.

Report by: Erlangga Arfan