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INVITATION – Alumni in Vietnam

Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi is happy to announce that the Sweden-Vietnam alumni network is to be officially inaugurated by Ambassador Camilla Mellander on October 26th at the Graduate Study and Research in Sweden Day at the Swedish Embassy in Hanoi. Swedish universities and institutions will hold a presentation about opportunities of studying in Sweden accompanied by Swedish food.

As alumni from the Swedish Institute and Swedish universities, you are hereby invited to the inauguration as well as to the alumni network itself.

The Swedish Embassy in Hanoi greatly value the contacts and exchange made between Sweden and Vietnam through your experiences from Swedish universities. It is therefore our hope that you will be able to keep in touch with each other, with Sweden and with the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi in order to maintain, cultivate and deepen these valuable contacts and experiences made.

When: October 26th 2013, 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

WhereEmbassy of Sweden Hanoi, No. 2 Nui Truc Street, Ba Dinh District

Please notify the embassy of your presence at the event by sending an email to  no later than October 23rd.

The launch of a Post-graduate and Research in Sweden Day in Hanoi, Vietnam

On the 26 October the Swedish Embassy in Hanoi will organise a Post-graduate and Research in Sweden Day at the Embassy with participation from KTH Royal Instit ute of Technology, Lund University and Uppsala University and the Swedish Institute . The purpose of the event is to attract more post-graduate students from Vietnam to Sweden and to build up an alumni network of Vietnames former students at Swedish Universities. The alumni event is supported by the Swedish Institute and alumni will be invited. To launch the event the Swedish Ambassador and staff from the embassy visited two of the leading universities in Hanoi in early October, Hanoi University of Science and Technology och University of Foreign Trade, and talk about the Sweden Vietnam Challenge.


Ambassador Camilla Mellander. Photo by: Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi


Stefan Thunberg, Intern at the Political and Trade Section at the Embassy, talks about student life in Sweden. Photo by: Swedish Embassy in Hanoi


Mikael Johansson, second secretary at the Embassy, introduces Sweden and our higher education system. Photo by: The Swedish Embassy in Hanoi


Ambassador Camilla Mellander with students at one of Hanoi’s leading Universities at the launch of Post-Graduate Study and Research in Sweden Day Photo by: Swedish Embassy in Hanoi


To find out more about the Sweden Vietnam Challenge, read about it here.


Announcement: The Swedish Institute offers support to arrange local SI alumni events in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

Are you a Swedish Instiute Alumni and interested in organizing a local alumni event in your country?

Today the Swedish Institute (SI) is pleased to announce the possibility for SI alumni (former scholarship and grant holders) to apply for financial support to arrange local events, focusing on thematic areas of relevance for development in the Baltic Sea Region. The idea of this call is to provide a limited start-up possibility for SI alumni who wish to stay active and continue building professional networks after their scholarships in Sweden. Events supported within this call must take place in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine, and be held in autumn 2013.

The grant can be used to arrange lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits and much more. It is the organizing team behind each application that outlines which components to include, and how it should be managed. It could also be a series of events together forming a larger program, covering different aspects and questions related to the topics discussed. The Swedish Institute recommends that any organizing team establishes collaboration with external partners, and if possible the Swedish embassy or consulate.

Events targeting any of the following thematic areas will have priority:

  • Green technology and/or Energy efficiency
  • Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Management skills, Leadership and Networking
  • Employment and Career development
  • ICT and E-solutions

If this offer seems interesting to you, continue reading!

Requirements and guidelines in brief:

Procedure for application: The completed application form, along with necessary enclosures must be sent by e-mail to

Application period: August 15, 2013, open until September 15, 2013

Application form and instructions: Available for download by using the highlighted links below

Organizing team: At least three team members (more information available in the application instructions)

Event location: The event must take place in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, or Ukraine

Date of event: To be held no later than January 31, 2014

An event must include at least 10 SI alumni, together representing one or several of the categories below. The Swedish Institute, however recommends that an event gathers 20 participants or more, in order to ensure interesting networking possibilities and sharing of ideas/experiences.

  • Former Swedish Institute scholarship holders/SI alumni
  • SI Management Program North Europe (SIMP) alumni
  • Previous participants of the Swedish Institute Summer University (SISU)
  • Former students of Swedish language at universities, or SI-supported centers for Swedish studies

This is where you find the application form and complete guidelines: INSTRUCTIONS and APPLICATION FORM

If you have any questions concerning this announcement, or the Swedish Institute alumni network in general, please contact SI at


SI Alumni event in St Petersburg

Alumni at the 5th SI Alumni event in St Petersburg


On 1 June my colleague Malin and I had the privilege to meet about 20 alumnis at the 5th SI alumni event i St Petersburg.

The day started with Dario Jovic, from the Swedish General Consulate in St. Petersburg, welcoming everyone. He talked briefly about the Sweden days, which is a week full of activites around the city focusing on Sweden that started with the alumni event and ends this saturday with a street party outside the general consulate.

Dario Jovic


Lucia Severed, president of KKiKK AB, followed and held a workshop on professional networking in practice. This gave us a chance to interact with each other and get to know one a another a bit better. Among the things Lucia talked about was the importance of informal meeting, contribution and trusting your intution.


After the lunch break Olga Martynkova from Smart Personnel and alumni of the Swedish Institute management programme, talked about Sweden, networking and recruitment. Smart Personnel is exclusive representative of  the swedish comapny Novare Execuctive Search in Russia. During Olgas presentation questions from the audience focused on how to get a job and what to do and not do during an interview.

Olga Martynkova


A big thank you to everyone of participated in the event!