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Invitation: SI alumni-initiated event in Minsk, 3 November 2013

Dear SI alumni,

The time has come to introduce you to the next alumni team organizing the alumni event in Minsk already this Sunday ! This time you need to know some Swedish if you would like to participate.

Please see the invitation below:

Lightweight plastics – heavy burden?

 SI Alumni who concern about the environment, want to live in and leave a better world, and believe it depends on us are invited to an interesting evening where you can listen to presentations, take part in discussions and enjoy Swedish fika.

We will talk about:

  • Plastics lifecycle
  • What happens when plastics ends up in natural waters
  • What do we do with plastics waste in Belarus, Sweden and other countries
  • What can we do to improve the situation


  • 16.00 Introduction
  • 16.15  Presentation ”Plastics in nature”
  • 17.00  Plastics reducing/recycling/reusing in Belarus, Sweden and other countries
  • 17.45  Work and discussions in smaller groups. Coffee-break
  • 18.15  Discussion and evaluation
  • 18.45  Summarizing. Closing the evening

Lecturer: Janett Verdugo, Swedish, oceanographer

Language: For all who can little or much Swedish

When: 16.00 – 19.00, 3 November, Sunday

Where: Gallery Y, 37a Nezaležnasci av., Minsk

How to register: send your name and contact details to miljo.by(at)gmail.com Latest 1 November!

If you have any questions, please contact us: miljo.by(at)gmail.com

INVITATION – SI alumni initiated events in Minsk, Belarus

About two months ago the Swedish Institute announced the possibility for SI alumni to apply for financial support to arrange local events, focusing on thematic areas of relevance for development in the Baltic Sea Region, which were:

  • Green technology and/or Energy efficiency
  • Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Management skills, Leadership and Networking
  • Employment and Career development
  • ICT and E-solutions

The announcement has resulted in a number of creative and highly professional applications from alumni teams, bringing together former scholarship holders, SI summer university participants, former  Swedish language students as well as representatives of Swedish Foreign Missions and Swedish and local experts in the abovementioned thematic areas.

While we are still waiting for several successful candidates to accept SI grants and sign the letters of agreement, two alumni teams from Belarus are already eager to welcome participants to their inspiring events next week.

Please see the first two event invitations below and note that more invitations from Belarusian, Georgian and Ukrainian alumni are to come!

I.  Effective Decision Making Workshop on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Swedish Institue Alumni Network invites the alumni from Belarus to take part in the
Effective Decision Making Workshop and
a networking ‘fika’ with participation of the Sweden Ambassador to Belarus Martin Oberg

Effective decision-making is a very important skill for businessmen, managers, team leaders and basically everyone who is eager to make a difference in life. But very few people have proper training and clear techniques on how to take effective decisions in different situations.

 At the event you will learn:

  • To take responsibility for decisions we make;
  • To actively seek effective ways of decision making;
  • To enhance self-appraisal and find self-reliance;
  • To have a critical frame of mind about factors that impede effective decision making;
  • To find ways out of critical situations;
  • To enjoy challenges and take advantages of failures.

Who can take part in the event?

  • Former Swedish Institute scholarship holders
  • SI Management Programme Northern Europe (SIMP) Alumni
  • Previous participants of the Swedish Institute Summer University (SISU)
  • Former students of Swedish language at universities, or SI-supported
  • centres for Swedish Studies

When? Tuesday, October, 15, 2013.
Workshop: 16:00-19:00
Fika: 19.30
Where? Workshop: Minsk, ul. Melezha, 1 (business center Parus)
Fika: to be confirmed.
How to register? Send your name and last name, mobile number and relation to the Swedish Institute to liuda.klevanskaya(at)gmail.com


II.  Interactive PR Workshop on Friday, October 18th, 2013

Dear SI alumni in Belarus!
We invite you to take part in the interactive PR workshopHow to make the public talk about your company/start-up. Winning mass media and social media users?

SI Alumni Workshop in Minsk

At the workshop you will learn:

  • How to get your business or organization featured in mass media?
  • How to approach and develop fruitful relations with journalists?
  • How to tap the potential of social media?

How you can participate:

  1.   Listen and learn the tools and best practices in mass media relations and social networking;
  2.  Share your experience and cases with others;
  3.  Have your case discussed and provided with a number of suggestions from the participants and trainers
  4.  Discuss a possibility to establish an SI alumni Communication Network

Join the Facebook event now here http://on.fb.me/15Lmyur.

Who is the workshop designed for?

Professionals in business and development organisations, projects and initiatives, who are interested in improving their product’s or company’s publicity and coverage in mass media and social networks. Students, researchers, start-up owners, young entrepreneurs, PR and marketing specialists, and those who is interested in learning more about communications.

When? Friday, October, 18, 2013. 16:00-20:00
Where? Institute of Journalism, Kalvarijskaja street, 9 (the room will be provided to the registered participants)
How to register? Send your name and last name, mobile number to p.solovyov(at)mail.ru and/or obelorusova(at)gmail.com.

 Preliminary Programme

16.00-16.20. Getting to know each other and sharing expectations Olga Belorusova. 5 steps you have to make to see yours or your company’s name in mass media.
16.50.-17.20. Group exercise and discussion of the participants’ case studies.
17.20.-17.30. Coffee-break
17.30.-18.00. Pavel Solovyov.  Best messages which made their way to the public: breaking through the gatekeepers’ barrier. Group exercise and discussion of the participants’ case studies.
18.30.-18.40. Coffee-break
18.40.-19.10. Liudmila Struchevskaja. Best social media campaigns in Belarus and beyond. How to tap the social media potential.
19.10.-19.40. Group exercise and discussion of the participants’ case studies.
19.40.-20.00. Discussion of possible further networking possibilities in the area of communications.

Who are the speakers?

Olga Belorusova, Communications Consultant, Belarus, Denmark, Germany, Sweden
Pavel Solovyov, PHD Associate Professor, Department of Communication Technologies, lecturer at the London School of PR, Belrus
Liudmila Strucheuskaya, Marketing Manager, Alivaria, Belarus

Who can take part in the event?

  • Former Swedish Institute scholarship holders
  • SI Management Programme Northern Europe (SIMP) Alumni
  • Previous participants of the Swedish Institute Summer University (SISU)
  • Former students of Swedish language at universities, or SI-supported
  • centers for Swedish Studies


Please feel free to email to alumni(at)si.se or contact your fellow SI alumni event organisers if you have any questions!

SI Alumni arranging local alumni events

We have now granted 7 SI Alumni the opportunity to prepare and host  5 alumni seminars for SI Alumni in Belarus and 2 courses. These Alumni have studied in Sweden with either a scholarship within the Visby Program or a scholarship for studies in a Swedish Folk High School. The announcement targeted at SI Alumni in Belarus was published in December and generated fantastic applications from Belarusian Alumni eager to organize local events. 

Below is a breif discribtion of the seminars and courses being planned and the final dates will be posted here.  Swedish speaking Alumni in Belarus will have the opportunity to participate in two courses organized by the SI Alumni  and the Swedish language teachers.

March From Creative Education to Successful Business. A series of business workshops and a seminar, organized together with the State Institute of Management and Social Technologies of the Belarusian State University.  Si Alumni,  Volha
April Decent Jobs in Belarus – What is the Strategy to Become Self-/employed? Workshop on career planning, focusing on knowledge-sharing among participants, and the current employment situation in Belarus contrasted against the possibility to become self-employed and starting up own ventures.  Si Alumni Aliaksei
April Leadership & Management in Belarus: Transition From Formality to Skill Mastering Forum for discussions on how to develop leadership and management skills in the context of changing conditions. The forum is set to be triggered by interesting speakers with experiences of the business climate in Sweden and Belarus.  Si Alumni Liudmila 
April Media Literacy Programme Interactive workshops & expert seminars on raising awareness of how modern media functions and how it could be developed further.  Si Alumni Marina 
March-April Course in Medical Swedish  Si Alumni Nataliia
May/June Energy Efficiency in Buildings Explored as Situations of Opportunity in City Development Workshop focused on green energy solutions and city-planning development, emphasizing how to achieve reduction of individual energy by changes in ordinary peoples’ lifestyle & behavior  Si Alumni Aleh
 June Course in Gender studies Si Alumni Nastassia 


For further information about the Visby Program visit www.studyinsweden.se or contact  Markus Boman Program Manager for the Visby Program. For more information on learning Swedish please visit www.si.se/Learning-Swedish or send an email.

Also stay in touch through the Facebook group that has been established.

Are you an Alumni and interested in organising an Alumni event?

This might just be for you! For the first time we are offering our Belarusian SI Alumni the opportunity to apply for funding for local alumni events.

This call is meant to support bottom-up-initiated get-togethers in Belarus, exclusively held for Swedish Institute Alumni. The event should have a thematic approach and could include several components, together forming a program such as:  “Green technology and Energy efficiency”, “Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship” or “Modern leadership and Management skills” to name a few. The event could be an expert seminar on a topic and/or an interactive workshop rounded off by a small reception/fika.

The ambition of the events are to strengthen platforms for professional networking, start-up of mentorship and highlighting experiences of relevance for the topics discussed. Still interested?

Guidelines in brief:

Application is open until 31st December 2012
The event should take place in Belarus no later than the 30th of April 2013.
We encourage applications to collaborate will external partners (e.g. NGOs, universities, the Centre for Swedish Studies in Minsk)
Include at least 10 alumni, together representing at least two of the following categories:

  • Former Swedish Institute scholarship holders
  • SI Management Program North Europe alumni
  • Previous participants of the Swedish Institute Summer University
  • Former students of Swedish language at universities and the Centre for Swedish Studies in Belarus

This is where you find the application form and complete guidelines: APPLICATION FORM

Good luck to all Belarusian applicants and we will keep you updated through the blog!