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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!

SI Alumni Event in Ukraine, 8-9 April 2016

This article comes from Mariia Tyshchenko, one of the event’s organisers. 

Title of Event: Social Responsibility for Sustainable Development

Country of Event: Ukraine

Name of Organiser(s): Mariia Tyshchenko, Svitlana Garashchenko, Lydia Aizikova

Participants representing businesses, community organizations and government shared experiences and discussed the challenges of social responsibility for sustainable development in cross-sector round tables.

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10 SI Alumni Events Granted Funding in the First Call for Applications in 2016

We at the SI Alumni team are pleased to announce that 10 SI Alumni events have been granted funding in the first call for applicants this year. Three events are taking place in Moldova, three in Ukraine and one in Bolivia, China, Georgia and Kosovo respectively. Read more » >>

INVITATION: Alumni-initiated event in Georgia, 15 November

The Swedish Institute is glad to invite you to the next alumni-initiated event. This time it is a team from Georgia who welcome fellow alumni to the Social Entrepreneurship day in Tbilisi.

Any person who belongs to any of the following categories, may participate in this and similar alumni-initiated events:
-    Former (and current) Swedish Institute scholarship & grant holders
-    SI Management Programme Northern Europe Alumni
-    Previous participants of the Swedish Institute Summer University
-    Alumni of Swedish language studies in Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine
-    Representatives (or associates) of SI-supported local centers, universities/colleges, for Swedish language and Scandinavian studies

-    Former participants, managers and/or associates of projects previously arranged by SI (within e.g. the Visby Programme, Creative Force etc.)
-    Local experts in the spheres of thematic relevance for the event
-    Distinguished guests of importance for the work of the alumni network

Seminar: Social Entrepreneurship Day in Tbilisi

When: Friday, November 15, 16:00-20:00
Where: International Black Sea University, Administrative Building, Seminar Hall (A101), 0131, David Agmashenebeli Alley 13km, No 2, Tbilisi, Georgia

Full program
16:00 – 16:15 – Introductory speech by the event organizer
Speaker: Giorgi Jamburia, SI Alumni, Research Assistant, International Black Sea University
16:15 – 17:30 – Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in practice in Zugdidi, Georgia
Speaker: Mr. Ove R. Eriksson, Teacher and Project Leader for SocentGlobal project in Zugdidi, Georgia
17:30 – 18:15 – Social Entrepreneurship – Georgian Perspective
Speaker: Mr. Victor Baramia, Program Manager at Eurasian Partnership Foundation
18:15 – 18:30 – The Case of “Life Chance”, Georgian Social Enterprise
Speaker: Mr. Giorgi Arsenidze, Secretary General, Social Enterprise “Life Chance”
18:30 – 19:00 – Q&A Session
19:00 – 20:00 – Fika

How to register: send your name and contact details to gjamburia(at)yahoo.com no later than November 14.