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Invitation: Gender Rights and Opportunities in Minsk, 13 November

Please find below an invitation from SI Alumni Liudmila Fakeyeva, Maryna Barouka and Alena Shushkova to a seminar Gender Rights and Opportunities which will be held on November 13, 2014 in the Belarusian State University.

Dear Swedish Institute Alumni and Scholarship Holders,

As part of the series of SI alumni events in Minsk, we are holding a seminar Gender Rights and Opportunities on November 13, 2014 in the Belarusian State University.

The seminar provides a good opportunity for Swedish Institute alumni, students, NGOs and interested partners to get acquainted with best practices of implementing principles of gender equality and its benefits. 

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INVITATION: SI alumni event “Vision Factory – Ukraine 2030″, 22 March 2014

Dear SI alumni,

The Swedish Institute is glad to invite you to the next alumni-initiated event. The seminar “Vision Factory – Ukraine 2030″ will be held on 22 March in Kyiv and is organized by a team of former scholarship holders within the SI Visby Programme.

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Visit to the Olof Palme International Center in Stockholm!

On 29th January, this wintry day in Stockholm, this year’s first alumni event was arranged for SI alumni in Sweden. 24 alumni gathered for a lunch and mingle before heading off to The Olof Palme International Centre for talks and discussions with its Secretary General Jens Orback.

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INVITATION: Visit to Olof Palme International Center, Stockholm, 29th January 2014

Dear SI Alumni,

The Swedish Institute has the pleasure to invite you to this year’s first alumni event in Sweden! All former SI scholarship and grant holders currently living in or visiting Sweden are welcome  for a networking meeting and encouraging discussions at the Olof Palme International Center in Stockholm on the 29th January, 2014.

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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!