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Reflections from Kampala

Most of last week was spent in Kampala, capital of Uganda, home to hundreds of Swedish Institute (SI) Alumni over the years.

Our first event after arrival was naturally to host the first alumni gathering in Uganda, arranged by the Swedish Embassy and co-hosted together with the Swedish Institute at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, Mr.Urban Andersson. SI:s Director General, Mrs Annika Rembe, attended the event and expressed the importance of continued Alumni relations and connections with Sweden. As Manager of SI:s Alumni relations, I was delighted that over 30 alumni currently in Uganda attened the event. SI Alumni can be found in a wide varuety of feilds as Professors, researchers or as professionals in private- or health sectors, some in financial investment, all gathered to network and revitalize their contacts with Sweden.

Alumneventet Kampala

Alumneventet Kampala

The focal point of our Second day in Uganda was “Sweden Day at Makerere University” in Kampala. We estimated that an overwhelming 1.300 students passed by the Sweden day venue all curious about studies and Scholarship opportunities to Sweden. During the day 6 SI Alumni who had just returned from Sweden joined us in discussion panels and shared their experience on studying in Sweden, they held two presentations on the topic of studying in Sweden, making a truly important contribution to our Sweden Day. Niklas Dahlberg, Program Manager for the “Study Scholarship programme” held a few presentations on scholarship opportunities in Sweden.

Team of Alumni answering questions, here Alumni Dixon Atahurra

Team of Alumni answering questions, here Alumni Dixon Atahurra

 

More intriguing questions from the gathered interested students answered by the SI Alumni, here Alumni Ester Nakuru

More intriguing questions from the gathered interested students answered by the SI Alumni, here Alumni Ester Nakuru

The highlight of the day was when the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University together with the Swedish Ambassador and Director General of SI took the stage and officially handed over the complete volume of the Linnaeus Apostles to Makerere University. Read more on the Swedish Embassies website.

Inauguration of Sweden Day at Makerere with the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, together with the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda Mr. Urban Andersson and Director General of Swedish Institute Annika Rembe

Inauguration of Sweden Day at Makerere with the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, together with the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda Mr. Urban Andersson and Director General of Swedish Institute Annika Rembe

 

Program Manager Niklas Dahlberg on Swedish Institute Scholarship programmes

Program Manager Niklas Dahlberg on Swedish Institute Scholarship programmes

To find out more from current Ugandan scholars in Sweden, listen to what three brand new scholarship holders had to say: https://vimeo.com/78817174

Curious Makerere Scholars in the Sweden tent on Campus

Curious Makerere Scholars in the Sweden tent on Campus check out the exhibition; “The Life Puzzle- The Role of the Swedish Family”. The mini exhibition was shown for the first time in Uganda, here at Makerere University and engaged student’s and alumni in both laughter and discussions on equality.

Follow the Swedish embassies calendar for future events; http://www.swedenabroad.com/kampala.

Also check out our activity on Twitter concerning both events:
Twitter: @SweInstitute #sialumni
Twitter: @SwedeninUG  – Sweden in Uganda
Twitter: @SwedEnvoyUganda – The Swedish Ambassador of Sweden to Uganda, Mr. Urban Andersson
Instagram: #sialumni, you’ll find some pictures and short films from Uganda
Follow the Swedish Embassy in Kampala on Facebook: www.facebook.com/embassyofswedeninkampala

Welcoming new SI Alumni!

On Friday the 26th of April, the Swedish Institute (SI) held its annual diploma ceremony for Scholarship holders who have completed their studies during that last academic year 2012/2013. 259 scholarship holders from 34 different countries have completed their studies in Sweden and 175 were able to attend the ceremony. Director-General of the Swedish Institute, Annika Rembe, started off the program by welcoming the excited Alumni to be.

SI Director-General Annika Rembe speaking at Diploma Ceremony

SI Director-General Annika Rembe speaking at Diploma Ceremony

SI Alumni are true representatives of Swedish engagement in exchange and cooperation within higher education and research. They are valuable to both Swedish research and Swedish industry for Sweden’s role in the international dialogue on issues related to sustainability, democracy and equality.

The event’s first keynote speaker, Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson, spoke of international friendship and made a lasting impression with the quote “… knowledge is power and education empowers”.

 

Minister for International Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson

Alumni to be at Q&A session with Minister for International Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson

 

Alumni to be engaged the Minister in a series of interesting questions and were delighted she could take time from her busy schedual!

Alumni during Q&A session at Diploma Ceremony

Alumni during Q&A session at Diploma Ceremony

 

Joachim Beijmo, Director Communications at Swedish International Development Cooperation (Sida), followed and highlighted some important facts on Swedish aid. One fact that was new to me was from last year’s evaluation on Swedes and international aid; “…98% say that they think that international aid is important or very important“. On the other hand, Joachim also mentioned that Swedes need to renew how to perceive the rapidly developing world around us.

Alumni to be in Q&A session with Director Communications at Sida

Alumni to be in Q&A session on Swedish International Development Cooperation with Director of Communications at Sida

 

I had the opportunity to address the new alumni directly after the official ceremony, with a speech on the “Second cultural shock”. The shock that most alumni often refer to when describing their return home, as they discover that the home they have returned to seems a little different from the home the left 2 years ago, often due to their experiences in Sweden… I also emphasized the new role SI Alumni now carry, as representatives of Sweden wherever they go from here!

 

Getting ready for the group picture, the official on will be posted later by Johanna...

Getting ready for the group picture, the official on will be posted later by Johanna…

 

The Diploma Ceremony was rounded of by Johanna Jeppsson, Project Manager of SI Network for Future Global Leaders, a network that builds a strong and lasting relationship with the Scholarship holders while in Sweden.

After the ceremony...

Big smiles after the ceremony…

 

Did you attend the diploma ceremony? If so feel free to share your reflections and impressions from the event in the comment section below. And I really look forward to hearing from all Alumni in the future! More about SI Alumni: www.eng.si.se/alumni

* All photos by SI staff