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SI Alumni Profile: Mattewos B.Tefferi

Name: Mattewos B.Tefferi

Country: Ethiopia

When, where & what did you study in Sweden: 
I was awarded SI Scholarship to attend Msc in Electric Power Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology Aug 2011-Aug 2013 Read more » >>

Invitation to Regional SI Alumni Forum in Uganda!

The Swedish Institute Alumni Network in Uganda together with the Swedish Institute and the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda has the pleasure of inviting you to the first Regional SI Alumni Forum event. The event will take place in Uganda from 6-8 August 2015 at the Imperial Beach Botanical Hotel Entebbe.

SI alumni from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Zambia, Malawi and Ethiopia will attend the event. Speakers include the Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Urban Andersson, delegates from the Swedish Institute, the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda, Swedish/local Companies in the region, and SI alumni.

The Regional SI Alumni Forum is held on the theme of Entrepreneurship. The programme will tentatively include presentations on the following topics:

  • “The Entrepreneurial spirit in an emerging East African Community: The Swedish contribution”
  • “Integration, Governance/ Leadership and Business: A tripod approach   “
  • “How to succeed as an Entrepreneur in East Africa: A success story from the region”

Participants will also get to make study visits to three companies. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking with participating SI alumni.

There are still 12 slots available:
1 for Ethiopia (full transport and accommodation)
1 for Rwanda (full transport and accommodation)
10 for Ugandan participants who can attend the event for one day on 7 August.

If you are interested in participating, please register as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday 8July to: sialumni.eastafrica (a) gmail.com.  The selection will be made on first come, first serve basis.

Yours sincerely,

Esther Nakirulu
Representative for the Swedish Alumni Network in Uganda

SI Alumni Profile: Yoseph Berhane Gebremedhin


Name: Yoseph Berhane Gebremedhin

Country: Ethiopia

When, where & what you studied in Sweden:

I attended a one year master program in Environmental Communication and Management at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, which I completed in 2010. I am currently studying my MA in Communication for Development by distance learning at Malmö University. Read more » >>

SI Alumni Profile: Dawit Hailu Mazengia

Skiing in Uppsala, winter 2010.

Name: Dawit Hailu Mazengia

Country: Ethiopia

When, where & what you studied in Sweden:
I was awarded an SI scholarship in 2006 to attend my master’s studies in Electric Power Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, which I completed in 2008. Immediately after that, I joined Uppsala University and studied Sustainable Development specializing on Energy and completed my studies in 2010.

Current occupation:
Currently I’m working at Libya Oil Ethiopia Ltd, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as Lead Engineer and working part time research works in Water and Energy related issues (self)

Strongest memory from Sweden:
Biking in the snow was one of my favorite activities sin Sweden. I also did some skiing in the winters and that was quite an amazing experience too. Read more » >>

Pre-departure event in Addis Ababa

Photo: Embassy of Sweden

On August 14, chargé d’affaires Karin Wallensteen invited new SI scholarship holders to a pre-departure event at the Swedish Residence.

During the evening, Ethiopians who have previously studied at Swedish universities shared their experiences of life in the north and good-humouredly reported on getting used to snow and ice, queuing, differences in teaching and learning methods as well as using public transport. The contact person of the Swedish Alumni Association in Ethiopia, Dawit Mazengia invited the students to join the association on coming back to Ethiopia.

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