Alumni events were organised in Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai in October by the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing, Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai and the Sweden Alumni Network in China with support from the Swedish Institute. The events were held in connection to the yearly China Education Expo attended by several Swedish universities who also had the opportunity to attend the alumni events.
On 22 October about 80 alumni came dressed in sportswear to the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing to enjoy a joint exercise and mingling event! Ambassador Lars Fredén received the guests in the Swedish residence dressed in his tracksuit. After welcoming words by the ambassador the alumni stepped out on the Embassy premises for about half an hour of sweaty Swedish exercise led by Heyrobics!
Jympa is the biggest non-competitive workout in Sweden with about 6% of the Swedish population as active members. Heyrobics is the local adaption of the popular Swedish workout founded by Linus Holmsäter, son of Friskis & Svettis founder Johan Holmsäter. More information on the Heyrobics website.
The jympa exercise was followed by a healthy buffet in the Swedish residence where alumni got the chance to mingle and broaden their network.
More photos from the alumni event in Beijing here.
On 27 October the Swedish Institute invited alumni in Chengdu to a dinner at Yuan 8 Li restaurant. This is the first time SI organise an alumni gathering in Chengdu and many of the ca 20 participants met each other for the first time. The spirit was high and plans for future events were discussed before this event had even finished.
The Consulate General in Shanghai invited Sweden alumni to attend the opening of the Nordic Design and Innovation Week (NDIW) on 30 October. This is the third time that the NDIW is organised in Shanghai and this year the spotlight was on how space is both exploited and created and how urban lives can be designed smarter. After the official opening ceremony the alumni could walk around the exhibition and mingle with each other.
In both Beijing and Shanghai dinners were organised exclusively for SI alumni (former scholarship holders and Global Swede recipients). This is the first time that SI alumni get together in China but hopefully it was the start of more regular gatherings. SI’s Mikael Salomonsson presented what’s happening in the SI Alumni Network and what’s on offer to SI alumni around the world. The Swedish Institute alumni are now connected through a WeChat group and thus a platform for better communication has been created. At SI we hope for plenty of activity in the Chinese alumni network in the future!