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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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Celebrate with the 2013 Nobel Prize laureates

Alfred Nobel by Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

Apply for two tickets per person to attend the party after the Nobel Prize Ceremony, attend the Nobel Night Cap on 10 December 2013.

The Swedish Institute are happy to announce that we will be able to offer 10 alumni two tickets each to attend the 2013 years’ Nobel NightCap together with a friend.

The Nobel NightCap celebration occurs after the Banquet and offers guests an opportunity to continue the festivities.  The party was first thrown by a student who thought that the celebrations ended too early for such a grand affair. The NightCap then developed to become the extravagant event that it is today. The responsibility of organisation lies with the four of the biggest student unions in Stockholm.

For this event, all Swedish Institute alumni living in Sweden today can apply. We will use the 1st come 1st serve policy but a priority will be given to alumni that did not participate at the Nobel NightCap in 2012.  You are also required to submit a short motivation of why you want to attend the NNC. Sign up as soon as possible and no later than Sunday 3 November via the following link: https://www.netigate.se/a/s.aspx?s=136260X4548.  

Please note that by accepting a ticket your registration is definite. Each person winning a seat will receive two tickets.

For participants residing outside of the Stockholm/Uppsala/Mälardalen area, there will be a travel grant and you will be asked to book your ticket via the SI travel agency VIA Agencia. More information about how to book your ticket will be sent out in the confirmation e-mail when informing the selected participants.

The lucky participants will be notified by e-mail in early November.

All participants will be asked to submit a short report that will be published on LinkedIn about the experiences of the event.  Here on the alumni blog you can read the last year’s report and get inspired by the lucky participants of the NNC 2012.

NB: The Swedish Institute has now contacted by email 10 alumni winners of the  invitations to the NNC 2013. The selection was based on the 1st come 1st serve principle as well as on applicant’s motivation answers.  We send our congratulations to the winners and looking forward to their reports after the event.

Kind regards,

SI alumni team


INVITATION for SI alumni in Sweden

The Swedish Institute in cooperation with Munktell Science Park welcome SI alumni in Sweden to participate in a creative workshop on sustainability “Solutions to make people live smarter”.

 For more information and to register your attendance, please see Workshop invitation – Smart Living Challenge pilot   or follow the link   http://bit.ly/slcpilot

Time: October 18, 2013 10am – 5pm 

Venue:  United Spaces, Stockholm, Sweden 

The event is designed to host only a limited number of participants, so be sure to properly motivate your interest in order to be selected.

Please note the registration closes on October 15th.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us via alumni(at)si.se or  via the ”Alumni in Sweden“ subgroup on LinkedIn.


Alumni’ network? Sounds Interesting!

JIBS Alumni Annual General Meeting 2013

JIBS Alumni Annual General Meeting 2013

Planning and strategies… Making predictions for 1, 5 or 10 years ahead… Creation and support of collaboration… If you used to think that all of these boring economical terms relate only to companies, then you see just a small part of puzzle ;) In reality it directly relates to you and your colleagues from university: to your contacts with them after the graduation.

In the modern and dynamic world, namely the former classmates can help you to find a job; provide you with expertise and consulting; start a new business or project with you, or share some ideas and information. You and the fellow alumni, working now in various companies / industries / cities or countries, create a broad network, which is potentially very generous for different benefits, regardless of whether you are a manager, business owner or scientist.

The career success and professional development of alumni becomes increasingly important indicator for the quality of universities and business schools, as well as it is a powerful argument in the competition for new talented entrants. Graduates naturally become informal ambassadors of their alma mater, presenting it in their current companies, institutions, NGOs, and forming the image and reputation of the university. That is why intensive contacts with graduates, the development of joint projects and other cooperation are becoming extremely important for universities now.

On May 24th in Stockholm, at the headquarters of the Swedish Institute, a traditional JIBS Alumni Annual General Meeting was organized. More than 70 Jonkoping International Business Schools’ alumni from different years of graduation took part in the event. One of the central topics of meeting was the election of new Board of JIBS Alumni Association and the discussion about further strategies of JIBS Alumni Association’ development.

Maureen Hoppers - "Strengthening the network of international Alumni"

Maureen Hoppers – “Strengthening the network of international Alumni”

Since JIBS is traditionally one of the most international business schools in Sweden, it’s a vitally important to build alumni association based on the principal of internationalism and cross-cultural cooperation. Taking into account that Swedish Institute has a unique experience of international cooperation, it was a great luck to see presentation of Maureen Hoppers (Swedish Institute´s Global Alumni Relations Manager) “Strengthening the network of international Alumni”. Maureen showed several examples of events, organized by SI for scholarships’ alumni, and described media platforms, used for cooperation among international graduates.

Johan Roos - "Back to the Future - JIBS' renewed strategy"

Johan Roos – “Back to the Future – JIBS’ renewed strategy”

After that, Johan Roos (Dean and Managing Director of JIBS) presented his vision of JIBS development strategy: “Back to the Future – JIBS’ renewed strategy” and organized the discussion about how JIBS Alumni can help make it happen. He collected ideas and feedback from alumni regarding the strategy, and highlighted importance of further systematic cooperation between JIBS and its graduates.

Swedish Universities in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013

On May 8th company QS announced results of its rating of the best universities by subject – QS World University Ranking by Subject 2013.

It was the second time when such type of ranking was published, and this year’s version contains TOP-200 universities in each of 30 subjects, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, medicine, biology, economics, law, and many others.

During this research 2858 universities were evaluated, 70 000 academic experts and professional recruiters were interviewed, different bases of academic citation were checked and almost 8400 academic programs were manually verified.

The main criteria of the universities in the research were:

1) Academic Reputation
2) Employer Reputation
3) Citations per Paper
4) H-index Citations



This year eleven Swedish universities and business-schools have been selected to the list of Top-200 world universities.

The biggest number of rating’s appearances was given to:

1)  Lund University – appeared in Тор-200 list in 23 (among 30) subjects, including 4 appearances in Тор-50 list in such disciplines as: “Environmental Sciences”, “Biological Sciences”, “Geography” and “Linguistics”. 

2)  Uppsala University – appeared in Тор-200 list in 23 subjects and twice in Тор-50 list in “Biological Sciences” and “Pharmacy & Pharmacology”.

3)  Stockholm University – appeared in Тор-200 in 19 disciplines, including 4 appearances inТор-50 in “Environmental Sciences”, “Geography”, “Linguistics” and “Sociology”.

4)  KTH – appeared in Тор-200 in 11 subjects, including 3 appearances in Тор-50 in “Civil & Structural Engineering”, “Electrical & Electronic Engineering”, “Mechanical”, “Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering”.

5)  Chalmers University of Technology – 10 appearances in Тор-200 including 2 appearances in Тор-50: “Electrical & Electronic Engineering” and “Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering”.

One of the best results was shown by Karolinska Institute. This Swedish university appeared twice in Top-10 list of world universities: 4th place (!!!) in discipline “Pharmacy & Pharmacology” and 10th place in “Medicine”. Also Karolinska was ranked as 36th university in “Biological Sciences”. All together Karolinska Institute appeared 4 times in Top-200 list.

Stockholm School of Economics appeared twice in Top-50 list in “Economics & Econometrics” and “Accounting & Finance”. And if we consider the “continental” European universities (excluding the UK), SSE will get 2nd position in Economics& Econometrics and 6th in Accounting & Finance.

Though any ranking is a sort of subjective thing, since it depends so much on the chosen methodology and techniques, QS World University Rankings by Subject can be, nevertheless, one of the indicators of high quality and competitiveness of Swedish universities on international level.

Almost all Swedish universities from this rating have leading positions in continental Europe, and several universities are ranked as one of the best in the world (in certain subjects).

If you are planning to get your master degree or PhD, the analysis of such international ratings might be extremely helpful for making a right chose.