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We hope you’ve had a good start of the New Year! At SI we are preparing for all the activities coming up in 2016. We’d like to present an early rough plan to you of what activities and opportunities will be available for SI alumni during the coming year. Please note that the below is tentative and may be subject to change:
15 January – 7 February: Call for applications to organise alumni events
February: Call for applications to organise an SI Alumni Forum (for reference see events in Belarus, Indonesia and Uganda on the Alumni Blog)
February: Call for applications to be this year’s alumni speaker at the NFGL Diploma Ceremony in Stockholm, 27 May 2016
15 April: Call for applications to organise alumni events
28 April: Gender equality event in Malmö (spots for 10-15 alumni)
28 June – 1 July: International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) Conference in Stockholm
August: Call for applications to organise alumni events (tentatively)
10-11 October: ICT/Innovation event in Luleå
8-10 December: Nobel Week Dialogue
We are looking forward to another exciting year for the SI Alumni Network!
/ SI Alumni Team
Name: Dhruba Jyoti Borah
When, where & what you studied in Sweden:
I studied Masters in Industrial Engineering & Management with a specialization in Innovation Management at Linköping University, Sweden (2013-2015). Read more » >>
6-8 August 2015 the first of three Regional SI Alumni Forums on the theme of innovation and entrepreneurship was held in Kampala, Uganda. The three day event gathered 41 alumni from 8 countries in the East Africa region for a program of lectures, study visits and a reception at the Embassy of Sweden in Kampala. SI alumni from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda attended the event. Read more » >>
More than 400 SI scholarship holders – students and researchers – completed their scholarship period this semester and became part of the SI Alumni Network. There are now more than 10,000 SI alumni! We asked a few of the new alumni to share their future plans, hopes and expectations with us. First up is Ayman Idris from Sudan.
Name: Ayman Idris
Current occupation: Chief Innovation Officer at an IT company in Sudan.
When, where & what did you study in Sweden:
I attended the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm between August 2014 and June 2015, and was awarded a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.
What’s your plan now?
A couple of months into my master’s program, I wrote an op-ed article in a newspaper back home. The piece, rather optimistically (or maybe pompously) titled “Innovation Is The Solution To All Corporate ills”, was intended to reflect on the new perspective I had on what it means for a business to be innovative, and how to foster and nurture a culture of innovation that permeates the workplace.
I was taking baby steps towards understanding the brave new world of innovation management. Scintillating lectures delivered by visionary professors and leading industry experts were complemented by fiery, hours-long debates with equally-enthused classmates. Everything around me screamed “innovation”. “This is it” I thought, “People back home need to know about this”. My pen took a hold of me, and I found myself writing a lengthy article on the topic and sending it to the widely-read daily. Read more » >>
Pavel Makhnatch and Ivan Tsikota were granted funding to organise an alumni event in the first call for application in 2015. Below you’ll find a report from the workshop they organised on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity, 24 May in Minsk, Belarus.
The role of entrepreneurship is vital for both economic growth of a country and personal development of a person. There is plenty of opportunities for Belarusian youth to become successful entrepreneurs, many of them avoid starting up the business referring to a number of barriers. Meanwhile, the country has a number of prerequisites for starting up a business: good infrastructure, easy tax rules for private entrepreneurs, cheap labor and access to 200 million of customers within the trade union with neighboring countries. Read more » >>