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 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”.
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
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 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…
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.
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