Archive for Rita Wikander - Alumni

is the Program Manager of three scholarship programs; The Swedish-Turkish, East Europe and Bilateral scholarships and has been working at the SI since 1999. Loves reading, preferably Swedish crime authors, and is always curious to learn more about the culture of the countries in her scholarship programs.

Meet this weeks alumni profile; Eduard from Ukraine

Name: Eduard Dyachuk

My studies in Sweden: I received the scholarship Master in Sweden for East Europe for studying in Västerås at Mälardalens University where I studied at the Master Program in Sustainable Energy Systems during the academic year 2009/2010 . In May 2010 there was a SI-diploma ceremony for us. (This years diploma Ceremony will be held on the 26th of April in Stockholm).

Eduard Dyachuk

Eduard Dyachuk, SI Alumni 2010

Current occupation: I am doing my PhD at the Division of Electricity at Uppsala University in the area of Wind Energy. Here we do a research in the field of renewable energy sources: wind power, wave power, tidal power and hydro power. In the research of the wave power our division is no 1 in the world, within the wind power we are no 1 in Sweden. My area is the modeling of aerodynamics. I am working on the alternative concept of the wind turbines, namely, Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (see on YouTube) . This concept has a potential to reduce the cost of installation and the maintenance cost.

Contributions at events: Since the diploma ceremony 2010, I have contributed to the following events as an SI Alumni:

  • SI-kick-off 2011 to give a presentation to new scholarship holders about my time in Sweden.
  • Alumni speaker at the SI summary meeting in Stockholm, March 2012.
  • Alumni speaker at the Forum on Renewable Energy in Kiev (Baltic Sea Unit), October 2012.

Recommendation to new students: Read more and more and more, spend time in libraries, be passionate and dive into the area of your studies.


Evaluating applications

The Swedish institute Scholarship programs have received around 8500 applications from about 4200 applicants who like to start their master degree studies in Sweden from the coming fall.

We are now evaluating the Motivation letters and cv’s in order to rank them and make a first selection of good applications.

Our boss put this poster up this morning, selecting future global leaders is serious business :)


The poster says “Silent game going on! We´re reading applications”

Alumni profile of the week, Kazim Kartal from Turkey

Name: Kazim Kartal

 When, where and what did you study in Sweden?
I was the first student to receive a scholarship within the Swedish Turkish- Scholarship program. My scholarship was granted for studying at the Master program of European Politics at Lund University between 2002 and 2003.

 Current occupation & work:
I am working as EU Affairs Expert at the Ministry for European Union Affairs, Directorate for Financial Cooperation in Ankara, Turkey.

Picture: Working for Turkey’s membership to the EU

 Strongest memory from Sweden:
I was on a train from Stockholm to Lund. It was a table seat and two Swedish passengers were chatting just across the table. I needed to work on my thesis. When I took up the papers from the briefcase, they immediately left the table. Later on I saw them seated in another coach, rather uncomfortably. Ever since then I regret that I did not thank them for their understanding. Maybe it is not a big issue but made me feel welcome. 

 My best recommendations to new students in Sweden are:
Surviving the education system in Sweden might seem easier. Yes, you may have no problems in finishing the courses. But do not miss the real value of studying in Sweden. It gives you the chance to develop your personal strengths as long as you look for it. 

First day in Ankara

On Wednesday we woke up in Ankara and prepared for our first meeting at Middle East Technical University. As many of the universities here in Turkey the campus is really big and we learned that this campus also had it´s own lake. Imagine that, huh?

Just as all the previous places we had visited the students were interested in applying and asking all sorts of questions. It´s so nice to see that our scholarships are so attractive.

After METU we went to Bilkent University, another huge one, to meet with Professor Elisabeth Özdalga and her students.

Professor Özdalga is working at the Department of Political Science but when I first met her  she was working in METU. It must have been around 2007, I guess, and between these universities she has also been the Head of The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul.

When meeting with her students we also got help from of our scholarship holders, Giray Sadik, who is now working at Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara and also Digdem Soyaltin who is doing PhD in Germany but just happened to be in Ankara for a conference.

This was the first place where we really filled up all the seats. The presentations are also much more colourful when you can add the perspectives of those who have previously been in our program.

After the presentation at Bilkent Giray took uf for some tea out in the sun. As Swedes we could not have enjoyed that more. So great to feel the sun on your faces in late November and at the same time getting reports about the snow in Sweden :)

Tuesday in Istanbul

On Tuesday the 26th we went to Istanbul´s oldest university; Istanbul university. It was founded in 1453 and is therefore just slightly older than Swedens oldest university, Uppsala university, which was founded in 1477.

Istanbul university is situated beautifully in the Beyazit area and has an impressively big campus.

We got to meet with Professor Aysegül Komsuoglu and with some of her students. As a extra plus she also arranged for us to meet with their career center so that we could discuss with them how we could reach even more Turkish students and spread the information more widely.

The career center was situated in an old red and green building just outside campus, as soon as I can get all the technical things to work here I will post pictures here so that you can see it.

The afternoon was spent together with Head of Section for Turkish-Swedish cooperation at the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, Sevil Özmen, who joined us for a presentation at Istanbul Bilgi university.

The students there were really actively showing their interest by asking lots of questions. I´m guessing we might get some applicatons from students there :)

The best thing of the day though was that after the meeting at Istanbul Bilgi university me and Tove went to the airport to catch a flight to Ankara. Just after going through security a former scholarship holder, Burak Haciahmetoglu, approaches me. Burak was granted the Swedish Institute Scholarship for Human Rights Law in memory of Anna Lindh, which is a scholarship within the Swedish-Turkish scholarship program. He was granted in 2008, I think and I haven´t seen him since he returned to Turkey. That was really surprising but I guess, if you have more than 200 alumnis in a country you would sooner or later walk in to any of them.

Unfortunately our time before boarding was so short so we didn´t really have time to talk but still, that really made my day :)