Pictures: SI Alumni Forums in Belarus, Indonesia and Uganda in 2015
Do you have experience in organising successful alumni events? Have you wished there was a larger grant to apply for at SI to realize your vision of a bigger alumni activity bringing more alumni together? Do you have an idea for a big-scale alumni event on the theme of entrepreneurship?
The SI Alumni Forum concept was launched as a pilot project in 2015. Belarus, Indonesia and Uganda were chosen for the pilot and three successful events on the theme of entrepreneurship were held during the year.
This year SI opens up for alumni from any country to apply to organise an SI Alumni Forum. One application will be approved, meaning that only one organising team will be given the opportunity to hold an SI Alumni Forum in 2016.
Please find all the details in the application instructions available for download here.
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.
On 30 July the Embassy of Sweden in Jakarta invited alumni and students of Swedish universities to an evening of meeting old and new friends at Istituto Italiano di Cultura Jakarta.
With support from the Swedish Institute, this annual gathering of alumni, current and new students of Swedish universities provided an opportunity for learning about, exchanging, and reminiscing experiences studying (and living) in Sweden. 30 July happened to be the International Day of Friendship, too. What a perfect day to hold the gathering! Read more » >>
On 1 March a new chapter of the Indonesian alumni network “Alumni Swedia” was launched in Yogyakarta. Below is a report from Alumni Swedia chairman Erlangga Arfan on the launching event.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 was a special moment for the Alumni Swedia. On that day, the Alumni Swedia Chapter Yogyakarta was launched. Taking place at the InSIStS (Indonesian-Swedish Initiative for Smart Energy Solutions) office at the University of Gadjah Mada compound, the launching was attended by the second secretary of the Embassy of Sweden, Lina Eidmark, the chairman of Alumni Swedia, Erlangga Arfan and other participants such as the Embassy staff, the Board of Alumni Swedia, Indonesian Professors having experiences as visiting lecturers in Sweden as well as Indonesians graduated from Swedish universities living in Yogyakarta. Read more » >>