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
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.