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SI Alumni Profile: Pengcheng Cao, China


Pengcheng Cao



When, where & what did you study in Sweden:

I studied in the Master’s program of Engineering Material Science in KTH during 2014 and 2015.

Where are you now?

I am currently working in Sandvik as a trainee. Sandvik is a Swedish company with a history of more than 150 years. It has great businesses in material technology, machining and mining.

How did you end up working for a Swedish Company?

I have a background in materials for both my Bachelor’s and Master’s. And like everyone else, I was looking at companies that fit my background. Sandvik is one of the well-known companies focusing on material science and they had a trainee program open for application in 2015. So I applied for it, went through several rounds of interesting interviews and luckily they were interested in me too.

Tell us about your experience as an SI Alumni:

During the years I was studying, SI provided many opportunities to attend activities within areas of politics, technology, culture and leadership, etc. You get the chance to meet great leaders, to participate in interesting workshops and to share your own knowledge. They were always of great experience and learning. Sometimes the opportunities might be limited, but then you can follow up the sharing by the participants and learn from what they have experienced.

What are you hopes for the SI Alumni Network for the future?

I hope that more and more talented people from different cultures can have the chance to join the network and to be able to influence others. The network will surely grow and every alumnus will directly and indirectly become a bridge between cultures, by which people will be able to learn from each other more.

Please describe what impact the SI scholarship has had on your life:

The scholarship has surely changed my life path. It gave me the chance to continue my Master’s studies in Sweden, to learn about a new culture and to get to know people from different cultures. From my study to my work, my life is now closely connected to Sweden.

SI surely has made impact to my families and friends too – they don’t mix up Sweden with Switzerland anymore!

What’s your best recommendation to new students in Sweden?

Be brave and make friends. Explore and learn about the Swedish culture as well as other cultures. Step out of your comfort zone and don’t let language stop you.

SI Diploma Ceremony 2016: History in the making

Text by SI Scholarship Holder Anwarul Quadir from Bangladesh

The Swedish Institute Network for Global Leaders (NFGL) Diploma Ceremony was held on 27 May 2016. It was a memorable evening, which gave rise to mixed emotions in the minds of the scholarship holders. On the one hand there was the joy of graduating, while on the other there was the sad feeling of finishing the study life, the scholarship period and, for many of us, our time in Sweden. The Diploma Ceremony was held at the Blue Hall of the City Hall of Stockholm, well known for hosting the grand banquet dinner of the Noble Prize. The hall was decorated with utmost care to receive the scholars in a grand manner. Read more » >>

The Diploma Ceremony 2016

On May 27, this year’s diploma ceremony was held in the Blue Hall in the Stockholm City Hall.

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Report from the Gender Equality Event in Malmö

By Nurangez Abdulhamidova from Tajikistan Read more » >>

Reminder: Call for Applicants: Alumni Speaker at NFGL Diploma Ceremony

Swedish Institute NFGL Diploma Ceremony 2015


For this year’s NFGL Diploma Ceremony, we wish to invite SI alumni to send in applications to speak as a representative of the SI Alumni Network—a fascinating and inspiring group of people, of which the audience soon will become members.

Travel and accommodation costs of the speaker will be covered by the Swedish Institute. Read more » >>