It was a bright Saturday morning on the 21st of November, 2015, when we began arriving at the Swedish Residence in Jakarta. It was only 8.30 am, but the organizing committee was already there, as well as other participants who come from as far as Aceh and Makassar. Smiles were stretched, handshakes exchanged, name tags on – it’s time for the first Swedish Institute Alumni Forum 2015 in Indonesia!
The Swedish Institute Alumni Forum (SIAF) is a new initiative from SI to maintain and strengthen its alumni network. A pilot project for 2015, this forum is held in three selected countries: Indonesia, Belarus, and Uganda. The Swedish Institute fully sponsored this event, allowing alumni from other cities (and other islands!) to come and participate as well. It was such a privilege for us, Alumni Swedia, to be hosting this forum in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta.
Attended by about 60 alumni, the day’s schedule is packed with 3 different sessions, all of which aimed to provide alumni with aspiration and inspiration on how entrepreneurship – using our best skills, passion, and network – can create a better Indonesia. Moreover, we have chosen food entrepreneurship as our sub-theme because food unites people and it can open doors to countless opportunities, whether or not you are in the food industry.
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On Monday November 23rd, the Swedish Embassy held its first alumni event for Swedish Institute scholarship holders in Moldova. The event gathered 20 alumni at the residence of Signe Burgstaller, Sweden’s ambassador to Moldova, who hosted the event.
The alumni who attended had all been in Sweden through SI scholarships. Some of them had been there for an extended time and held degrees from Swedish universities, while others had only been in Sweden for two weeks through the SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals. For some of the alumni, the Swedish experience was a recent one, while others had been in Sweden many years ago.
The alumni all had positive experiences from Sweden and many especially appreciated the Swedish approach to education in where theoretical knowledge is integrated with practical experience. The myth that Swedes are reserved and shy had also been discredited.
The alumni reception at the Swedish residence marks a start for an intensified alumni work at the Swedish Embassy in Chisinau. In the future we aim to arrange alumni events on a regular basis. This Monday we met many interesting alumni and we hope to build on their experiences in order to further strengthen our alumni work. We also hope to reach out to a wider category of alumni, in addition to SI scholarship holders.
6-8 August SI alumni from 9 countries in East Africa are coming together for a Regional SI Alumni Forum in Kampala, Uganda. The theme of the event is entrepreneurship and innovation. The three day long event is organised by SI alumni in Uganda together with the Swedish Institute and the Embassy of Sweden in Kampala. The list of speakers include the Minister for Trade Industry and Cooperatives, Hon. Minister Amelia Kyambade, CEO for the Vision Group, Mr. Robert Kabushega, the Ambassador of Sweden, HE Urban Andersson, just to mention a few.
The Regional SI Alumni is a Swedish Institute pilot project for 2015 where events on the common theme of entrepreneurship and innovation will be organised by SI alumni in Belarus, Indonesia and Uganda. Participants in the SI Alumni Forum in Uganda will attend a series of lectures on the topics “The Entrepreneurial spirit in an emerging East African Community: The Swedish contribution”, “Integration, Governance/ Leadership and Business: A tripod approach” and “How to succeed as an Entrepreneur in East Africa: A success story from the region”. Study visit will be made to Swedish companies in Kampala, and the Embassy of Sweden is giving an Alumni Reception to the alumni participants and other SI and Sweden Alumni on Thursday 6 August.
The Alumni Association, AMS Alumni México Suecia, arranged an Alumn event on Lucia Day 13 December at the Swedish Café FIKA in Mexico City. Along with Swedish Lucia and Christmas songs, meatball sandwiches, traditional Lussebullar (saffron buns), pepparkakor (gingerbread cookies) and glögg were served. Mingling and networking was on the agenda and everybody enjoyed the Lucia athmosphere, even though Lucia herself didn’t show up – this time….
Sweden Alumni in Vietnam – Welcome to an Alumni Networking Event on 14 November in HCM-city in Vietnam. The Alumni Event is arranged during the Innovative Sweden Exhibition.
During the event there will be an inspirational speech held by Ulf Larsson from the Nobel museum in Stockholm, you will get a private walkthrough of our Innovative Sweden exhibition, the Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang will come to talk to you and we will provide finger food and time for mingle afterwards. You will also be given a surprise gift with a Swedish touch. Read more » >>