Yes, the title uses Indonesian words – but I am sure all of you understand it anyway!
The Indonesian Swedish Alumni Forum is now officially established, as per May 4th, 2013. YAY! Congratulations to all members, and particularly the newly elected Chairman, Erlangga Arfan.
Actually, Alumni Swedia as a group was established as early as 2007, when there were quite some numbers of Indonesian students went to Sweden to pursue their higher education. At that time, there were as many as 5 (!!) Indonesian students in Sweden – the highest since 1989.
When it was first established as a group, Alumni Swedia was merely in a form of mailing list. In 2008, the Indonesian students in Sweden then re-established Persatuan Pelajar Indonesia Swedia (PPI Swedia) or Indonesian Student Association in Sweden. PPI Indonesia Swedia got in touch with Alumni Swedia, and since then, close cooperation between the two groups was created.
Together with Ms. Eva Polano and the Swedish Business Community
At the same time, the number of Indonesian students in Sweden increases, and quite matter of factly, so does the number of Sweden Indonesian alumni. J Since then, Forum Alumni Swedia also stays in close contact with the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the alumni have been invited in many events organized by the Swedish Embassy.
This year, finally, the Forum Alumni Swedia was established as a formal organization, and elected its first Chairman and his cabinet. The programs that are planned to be organized this year includes organizing a Swedish Culture Show, Swedish Education Exhibition, and organizing seminars in cooperation with external organization and/or companies in Indonesia.
To celebrate this happy occasion, Ms. Eva Polano, the Swedish Ambassador in Jakarta, invited both the members of Forum Alumni Swedia and the members of Swedish Business Community to a link-and-match dinner last week. Hopefully, this dinner will be the first step towards a solid and fruitful cooperation between the Forum Alumni Swedia and the Swedish Business Community.