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SI Alumni Profile: Xinglong Du

Name: Xinglong Du

Country: China

When, where & what you studied in Sweden:

From 2010 to 2012, I was studying a master program in International and Comparative Education at Stockholm University. From 2012 to 2013 I continued to take an independent course, Swedish as Foreign Language.

Current occupation:

Assistant to Consul General/Social Secretary at the Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai, China

Strongest memory from Sweden:

My studying experience at Stockholm University is memorable and rewarding. It is an ideal place encouraging research and innovation and its students can approach rich academic resources. The curriculum is professional, sound and efficient with focus on research ability in postgraduate studies and fusion of Swedish culture in Swedish language teaching.

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Alumni events in China

Dear Alumni in China,

Swedish Institute representatives and Swedish Universities will be travelling to China next week to attend the China Education Expo. In connection to this the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing and Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai together with the Swedish Institute are organising alumni events in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Please find more information by following the below links:

Alumni event in Beijing on the 23 October

Alumni event in Shanghai on the 30 October.

In Guangzhou a dinner will be arranged jointly with the Sweden Alumni Network in China (SANC). If you are an alumnus in Guangzhou and want to join the dinner, please contact Rachel Weiner to register.

Also, if you have any Chinese friends that are considering studying in Sweden, please tell them to come and meet the Study in Sweden team at the China Education Expo in Beijing, Guangzhou or Shanghai!

Meeting alumni in China

November has been a busy month for Swedish alumni around the world! While part of the SI team was holding events in Uganda, two more of us traveled to the other side of the world for several days meeting alumni and prospective students in China. We were blown away by the enthusiasm and engagement of our alumni in Beijing and Shanghai – China is home to our largest known alumni network, with nearly 800 active members.

First days in Beijing

Our first days in China were spent in the capital city attending the China Education Expo with a delegation of Swedish universities. We were supported by the head of the Sweden Alumni Network in China (SANC), Ling Zhang, and a team of eight alumni who spent the weekend answering nonstop questions about studies in Sweden.

Left to right: Douglas Washburn with alumni Ling Zhang, Mälardalens Högskola, Su Wei, Uppsala University, Yao Rui, KTH, Nickey KTH in the Sweden booth

Embassy colleague Mikael Salomonsson is interviewed by Chinese media about studying in Sweden

A few days later, it was time for Sweden Career and Education Day, a joint effort between SI, SANC and the Swedish Embassy in Beijing. Held at Peking University, the event attracted over 350 Chinese students with an interest in studying or working in Sweden. Twelve Swedish universities participated along with eight Swedish companies including IKEA, H&M, Ericsson, and Volvo. Ambassador Lars Fredén welcomed a packed seminar room to the event; further well-attended talks were held by Douglas Washburn from SI and Olof Somell from the Nobel Museum.

Ambassador Fredén gives a welcome speech at Sweden Career and Education Day.

IKEA’s booth was popular amongst attendees.

Straight from the event, our delegation headed to a nearby hotel for an alumni dinner. Over 150 members of SANC joined us for an informal evening kicked off with inspiring talks from Dr. Christer Ljungwall, Head of Growth Analysis at the Swedish Embassy in Beijing, and Olof Somell from the Nobel Museum in Stockholm.

From left to right: Mac Ma, Liu Weichen, Jiayi Liu

Left to right: Ling Zhang, Kaixi Huang, Rachel Weiner, Yuchen Wu, Olof Somell, Douglas Washburn, Mikael Salomonsson, Eric Liu

Swedes in Shanghai

A few days later, it was time for our next alumni event, this time in Shanghai. The Nordic Consulate Generals in Shanghai arranged an exciting evening for alumni of universities in all five Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland) as a part of Nordic Design and Innovation Week Shanghai. Swedish alumni joined in force, with 80 of 200 attendees coming from Swedish universities.

Jonna Wibelius and Aron Johansson welcome attendees to the Nordic Alumni Reception.

The reception was held in Nordic Design and Innovation Week’s exhibition space, giving visitors the chance to check out projects from four of the Nordic countries’ top design schools whilst catching up with classmates.  The highlight of the evening was a spirited Nordic trivia quiz – the Swedish alumni were sadly vanquished by our neighbors to the south, Denmark!

To round off our time in China, our last weekend was spent at the China Education Expo’s Shanghai stop. As in Beijing, we were supported by a fantastic team of alumni, eager to answer the many questions we received about studies in Sweden.


Rachel Weiner, Douglas Washburn and SI alumni team!

INVITATION – Alumni in China

It is that time of year again, the Sweden Alumni Network in China (SANC) to invite you to the Annual Alumni Networking event in Beijing.

The Swedish Institute has supported the alumni network since it was launched in 2009/2010. Together with the Swedish Emabssy in China and the Sweden Alumni Network in China we would like invite former international students to Sweden who reside in Beijing to this  years alumni event and reunion. The event will be held on the 5th of november, 2013 in Beijing in conjunction to “The China Education Expo in Beijing on Nov 2-3″.

This was part of the team of 2012, and includes alumni in 5 diffrent chapters/cities around China.

SANC is happy to invite all members as well as other alumni from former Swedish Universities to join us and members will have opportunity to meet and recive to a presentation from a lecturer at the Nobel Museum.

Date: Tuesday, Nov 5th, 2013
Time: 19:00-22:00,
Place: Beijing you will recive full adress with confirmation email.

Apply for a place online: There are a limited number of seats so please register as soon as possible. Places will be distributed evenly among the various Swedish universities. Apply online no later than October 15th at: j.mp/sanc2013 . You will receive a letter of confirmation shortly after October 15th informing you if you have receiveda place.

Attendants will include: Alumni from Swedish universities, a delegation of Swedish universities, the Swedish Institute, the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing, the Nobel Museum, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China and a delegation of Swedish Companies.

About Sweden Alumni Network in China (SANC) is a non-profit organization for and by all alumni of Chinese, Swedish and other nationalities who studied or engaged in Sweden and now live in China. The purpose of this network is to develop and maintain a platform which can sustainably provide opportunities to its members and partners to improve their communications and can foster positive and mutually beneficial relationships between them.

A big congratulations to the founder of SANC; Ling Zhang is also the Alumnus of the Year at Mälardalen University (MDH) 2013 which  announced by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Paul Pettersson at a ceremony at MDH in Västerås.

The motivation for the award reads:
“Ling Zhang, founder of the Swedish Alumni Network in China, is a fantastic asset to Mälardalen University (MDH). He has already done an enormous amount for MDH by promoting it within the network, and hence laid the ground for MDH students and staff to benefit from its numerous members.”

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ling Zhang: ling.zhang@sanchina.org or alumni@si.se.

This weeks Alumni Profile, Cao W from China

Name: Cao Weiqiu (Mike)

Mike in Sweden at KTH

Mike in Sweden at KTH

When, where & what you studied in Sweden? 
Mike studied in 2002 till 2004 in KTH (Royal insitute of Technology) for internetworking master and Stockholms Universities for EMIS master program. Was awarded KTH Stipend for thesis work in KTH Swedish Center for Internet Research.

Current occupation:
Mike has worked as managing director of Shanghai Mu Yi Investment Advisors Ltd. since 2006. He led teams to have accomplished a series of venture capital and private equity investment projects in varies emerging sectors. Now he focuses on technolgoy transfer and venture investments between Nordic countries and China.

Strongest memory from Sweden?
Clean environment, orders in live and sustainable development spirit in Swedish people’s mind.

Mike with Swedish Minister of Environment Mrs Lena Ek

Mike with Swedish Minister of Environment Mrs Lena Ek

Your best recommendation to new students in Sweden?
It is one of the best places to make good friends and design your future.