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.
A three-day alumni event “Data Visualization in Business, Scientific and Everyday Life” was organized in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine. Participants had a unique chance to talk about information graphics, information visualization, scientific visualization and statistical graphics. The main focus of the event was given to developing basic practical skills of data visualization by the newest information technologies, including basics of quantitative and qualitative data analysis, features of displaying different information and data through statistical graphics, mindmaps and thematic cartography, modeling techniques and visualization algorithms, computer software applications and online (cloud) visualization tools and services.
The event lasted for three days. The first day started with an open conference, where had been presented key-speakers, main organizers and guests (Si alumni) of the event: Maksim Lepskyi (speaker), Taras Butchenko (organizer and SI alumni), Nadiya Kuzmichova (speaker), Yuliya Yatsina (organizer), Irina Polyova (SI alumni), Eugeniy Smirnov (SI alumni), Tetyana Shiyan (SI alumni), Victoriya Grubas’ (SI alumni) and so on. Read more » >>
On September 26, The Embassy of Sweden together with the Swedish Institute and with the help of a few driving spirits launched the Alumni México-Suecia Network (AMS). Around a hundred people, including about 80 former students in Sweden, attended the launch together with representatives from Chalmers University, Lund University, Malmö University and coordinators from several Mexican universities such as ITAM, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Universidad Anahuac and UNAM. The Swedish Institute was represented by Andres Alvarez and Johanna Lundin.
The event took place at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador, Jörgen Persson. AMS Steering Committee held a presentation of the purpose and objectives, and invited the alumni to take an active role in the association’s board. Andrés and Johanna presented the Swedish Institute alumni activities in general, and spoke about the importance of creating and supporting alumni associations around the world. The presentations were followed by a question and answer session where the great interest and commitment shown to the association and to carry out future activities, not only in Mexico City but also in other cities (eg, in the country’s second largest city, Guadalajara, from where some former students had traveled all six hours just to be on the launch). This was followed by a Networking session where former students as well as Swedish and Mexican universities were given the opportunity to make new contacts. Swedish snacks were served.
The launch of the AMS was made in conjunction with the Study Fair Europosgrados where the Embassy of Sweden, SI, and the above three Swedish universities attended. The fair, which lasted two days in Mexico City and a day in Monterrey attracted around 9,000 visitors!