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SI Alumni Events this Summer

There has been a lot of alumni activity this summer! Here are a few updates:

Shanghai, China: “The Future We Want, the City We Need”, 5 August

On Friday, 5 August, an alumni networking event for former Swedish Institute alumni and members of the Sweden Alumni Network in China (SANC) was held in Shanghai. The event gathered 15 people. Ronald Wennersten, Professor in Industrial Ecology, Shandong University, made a very interesting and profoundly meaningful presentation under the topic “Can China survive without coal?“, which touched the fields of urban planning, environmental protection, and energy. The presentation was followed by a vivid Q&A Session between the audience and the key-note speaker and fruitful discussions in general.

Uganda: “Mentoring and Networking for New Alumni”, 12 July

On 12 July about 63 alumni attended a workshop and a reception organised by the SI Alumni and the Embassy of Sweden in Kampala. The workshop aimed at mentoring the alumni that have returned on career goals, how to impact society and be better citizens. New scholarship holders were given an orientation about Sweden, the Alumni inspired them with their successful stories, they were given tips of how to thrive in Sweden, among other things. The alumni also answered many questions from participants with regard to Sweden. During the evening, all participants were given a platform and an opportunity to meet and mingle with Nordic Companies at the ambassador’s residence.

Georgia: “Progressing on Corporate Social Responsibility Agenda in Georgia”, July 8

SI Alumni, Ketevan Beradze, posing a question to the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia.

The event took place on 8 July at Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, in Tbilisi, Georgia. The purpose was to provide an opportunity for the SI alumni to engage with each other and discuss the pressing issue of development of corporate social responsibility in Georgia. The event took place within the framework of the Corporate Social Responsibility Week in Georgia, therefore besides the SI alumni, representatives of business, government and the civil society sector were attending and participating in the event. H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Sweden to Georgia, Ms. Martina Quick opened the event, underlining the importance of the event topic.

47 participants attended the SI alumni event in Tbilisi, Georgia. Out of 47 attendees, 16 were SI alumni. The news about the event were broadcasted through media – television (Channel 1 – national broadcaster), internet and social. The partners of the SI alumni event were the non-governmental organization “Civil Development Agency” (CiDA), Administration of the Government of Georgia, Corporate Social Responsibility Club and UN Global Compact Network Georgia.

Bolivia: “the Use of ICT as Instruments for Research”, 16-17 June

With an attendance of 24, SI alumni in Bolivia offered the course “Use of ICT’s as instruments for research”, which included topics such as: Hidden resources on the Internet, Google vision, Social Networks, QR codes and much more.  The course was given in Spanish by MSc. Sergio Ureña a specialist in Multimedia & Internet and was held at Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in Cota Cota, La Paz.


Kenyan Alumni Network introduces new Think Tank

The Swedish Institute Alumni Network in Kenya (SiANK) is a new think-tank, comprised by former Kenyan students or researchers who have studied in Sweden.

On Saturday 30 July SiANK held a forum entitled SWEDENT The making of a global leader to explore areas where the alumni can play in an important role in enhancing knowledge and coming up with creative, sustainable and innovative solutions for economic and social development in Kenya, Sweden and globally.

Dorothy Ansgar, the Head of SiANK, introduced Sweden by highlighting the Swedish culture and system, followed by videos (see links below) on important aspects of Sweden and the Swedish culture, how to feel at home in Sweden, fika (a traditional Swedish coffee break) and university life in Sweden.

The night’s key speakers, Dr. Fibian Lukalo, the Director of Research and Advocacy at the National Lands Commission and Antony Kirori, CEO, Green Pencils, Kenya discussed leadership opportunities with emphasis on research and innovation as aspects of leadership that are vital in the process of transforming a local perspective of leadership to a global perspective.

The evening was an opportunity for alumni members to learn from the guest speakers in their areas of expertise, to network and further strengthen SiANK, and lay a strong foundation for the members to seek leadership opportunities, and advance initiatives for personal growth as well as societal and global development.

Almost 40 people attended the event, ten of which were new students on their way to Sweden this fall. The Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi and the Swedish Institute along with friends of Swedish Institute Alumni in Kenya especially wish the new students a very warm welcome and good luck with your studies!

Something’s cooking in Vilnius!

Vilnius is full of action. An alumni network, SI Alumni Lithuania, was formally established last week during meetings held at the premisses of the Swedish Embassy. The Swedish Ambassador to Lithuania, Ms. Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin came to greet us and supports our activities!  Read more » >>