Alumni gathering at the Swedish Palace in Istanbul

The autumn season’s first Alumni network event took place on 5 October. The Swedish alumni-network Turkey consists of people who have studied in Sweden, today comprising some 700 alumni.

The Alumni events is a platform which gives the alumni an opportunity to stay in touch with each other, network with people from different disciplines and to help strengthen the ties between Sweden and Turkey.

For the alumni events the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul invite a guest speaker with links to Swedish-Turkish relations or a relevant topic. This event’s so called sunny speaker was Aysen Savci, the twice former Swedish trade commissioner to Turkey and now an achieved glass artist in Istanbul. Aysen Savci shared her experience of working both in Sweden and in Turkey and how she left the business world to become a glass artist instead.  One thing she had discovered as an important factor for the success of many Swedish top business people was that they had interests and hobbies that were different from their business, such as music or art. Multidisciplines help one to think outside of the box.

The Consul General Ms. Therese Hydén highlighted that the alumni are very important both for the Consulate General and for the Swedish-Turkish relations in general, since the alumni are the real ambassadors for Sweden in the Turkish society, sharing their personal experiences.

The evening’s specialty was also the “kanelbulle”, the cinnamon bun, as we were celebrating the cinnamon bun day, which is honored in Sweden on 4 October every year.