Left to right: Pavel Makhnach, Liudmila Fokeeva, Aleh Kliatsko, Maryna Barouka, Aliaksei Kazlou, Katsiaryna Syrayezhkina, Vasili Mankevich, Ivan Tikota, Natalia Romeiko and Markus Boman (SI)
Dear Swedish Institute Alumni worldwide!
We are the team of the first Swedish Institute Alumni Forum (SIAF) on Entrepreneurship in Belarus (SIAF) and we would like to share our experience in the arrangement and conduction of the Forum. Unfortunately, we are not able to describe all the peculiarities, details and specifics of the Forum organization in one short blog article but we’d like to bring your attention to the most important parts.
Writing “we”, we mean the core of the team – 8 active participants: Ivan Tikota, Katsiaryna Syrayezhkina, Natalia Romeiko, Pavel Makhnach, Aleh Kliatsko, Aliaksei Kazlou, Maryna Barouka and Liudmila Fokeeva. Of course, it doesn’t mean that we did everything by ourselves. Within the organizing process a lot of other alumni in Belarus provided their support in different stages and in various activities. Read more » >>
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.
The selection of participants has now been made and all successful candidates have been notified by e-mail. If you did not receive an e-mail about your participation in the event that means you were not among the chosen candidates.
We were happy to note the big interest in this event with no less than 39 applicants from 22 countries.
For any questions, please contact the SI Alumni Team.
We are happy to announce the opportunity for 10 SI Alumni to participate in this year’s Middle East & Africa Summit in Dubai 20-21 October. Participation will be free of cost, with accommodation and travel expenses covered by the Swedish Institute. Do you want to participate? Read more about the event and how to apply below! Read more » >>
Please find below a report from Katsiaryna Syrayezhkina on an SI Alumni job shadowing activity held in Minsk in November:
20 mentors and 20 students participated in the Job Shadow Days during the week of November 17th, 2014 in Minsk, Belarus. This CSR initiative was implemented in cooperation with the Association of European Business.
Job Shadowing is a way to get acquainted with professions and explore career options. Students had an opportunity to accompany working professionals (mentors) for one full work day in their everyday work environment. Job shadowing also gave students a chance to ask any questions they have about the job and how to prepare for it.
SI programmes alumni in their fourth or fifth year of study (Marketing, Law, Economics / Finance, Design and Architecture students) saw the current application of what they are learning, learned firsthand from adults who have careers in a variety of occupational fields and are now able to adjust their academic plans (optional subjects, graduate thesis topic, traineeship programmes).
Mentors provided students with information on their companies’ brand and philosophy, professional opportunities within given companies, and also had an opportunity to remember why they chose their career.
17 mentors and students participated in the summing-up meeting on November 26th to exchange their impressions and short-term experience gained within Job Shadow Days.