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Sweden in 1m 46s: from generous parental leave to unpredictable weather

“This is Sweden” – a new film showcasing different sides of Sweden – was launched by the Swedish Institute today! You can watch it here:

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The video is also available for download at Vimeo and Sharing Sweden (with subtitles for 14, soon 17, languages).

The teaser for the film was released last week and has already been viewed 0,5 million times on social media. It was also screened yesterday at the Nasdaq Video Tower in Times Square, New York city.

The award-winning production company B-Reel Films produced the movie, Olof Lindh directed. At the age of 25 he already has a number of awards and achievements under his belt, including work for Spotify: “We’ve chosen a documentary method, shooting with real people in real situations rather than professional actors, to capture a true and multifaceted glimpse of life in Sweden.”

Alice Boman’s melancholic song Waiting helps convey the feeling further and the artist supports the video’s open message: “I’m proud to represent Sweden, the parts of Sweden this film highlight.”

 

Report from the organising team of the SI Alumni Forum in Belarus

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 » >>

Call for applications: SI Alumni Events!

Photo taken at last year’s alumni event “Our journey after Swedish Institute Management Programme”. Provided by SI alumnus Olga Ryabova.

Do you have an idea for an alumni event that you’d like to organise in 2016? The Swedish Institute can provide you financial support!

The Swedish Institute is pleased to announce the possibility for SI alumni and Regional SI Alumni Networks to apply for financial support to organise local events in 2016.

Through this call SI wishes to support regional alumni activities with the aim of creating platforms for alumni to meet, exchange knowledge and build competence in the network.

A maximum of SEK 12,000 can be applied for within this call. The grant can be used to arrange social events, lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits, and much more.

The call for applications is open from 15 January to 7 February.

You can find all relevant information and instructions on how to apply by clicking here.

Download the application form through this link.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at alumni@si.se

SI Alumni Profile: Lina Idris

Name: Lina Idris

Country: Sudan

When, where & what you studied in Sweden:

I have studied Renewable Energy Systems master’s program at Halmstad University 2014 – 2015.

What do you do now?

I was hired as a project manager for Ten Star Solar AB shortly after my graduation. Actually, the day I wrote my last exam I treated myself with a visit to a local art gallery Tony Torro, which ended up being the missing link to my current occupation. Read more » >>

Alumni event in Nairobi!

The below article comes from Aleh Kliatsko who organised an alumni networking event at the Embassy of Sweden on 5 November and a study visit to UN-Habitat on 6 November.

On Thursday, November 5th, the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi held an alumni networking event for former Swedish Institute scholarship holders from Kenya. The event gathered 24 people at the residence of Johan Borgstam, the Ambassador of Sweden to Kenya. The topic of the event was ‘Role of NGOs to empower youth’. Aleh Kliatsko, organizer of the SI Alumni event, shared his experience from NGO Global Playground Stockholm. After his presentation there was an interesting and fruitful discussion on how to consolidate the alumni network in Kenya and make it move forward. Read more » >>