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European Higher Education Fair Indonesia

The 5th European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) in Indonesia attracted thousands of Indonesian university-seekers. Having held in 2 cities; Surabaya (October 9) and Jakarta (October 12 -13), the event was a resounding success. 2268  visitors were registered in Surabaya and this number was doubled during the two days fair in Jakarta with 5200 and 6240  registered participants respectively.

Various universities from different countries in Europe, including Sweden,  took part in this event. This year, Swedish Institute along with 3 other Swedish universities took part in promoting Swedish Higher Institution. Richard Stenelo and fellow colleague Karen Paulson represented Lund University, whereas  Margareta Svedlund and Kajsa Beckman represented KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Chalmers University of Technology was represented by Cecilia Hillman and Swedish Institute was represented by their Talent Mobility Unit staffs, Seble Abera and Malin Larsson.

 

While many other universities accompanied by their local agent or local representative, Swedish universities were accompanied by their students and alumni. Muhammad Mufti Azis, a current Indonesian Phd student at Chalmers was happy to share his experience studying in Chalmers. Casper and Jessica, KTH students who are currently studying in Singapore also gave some insight about what it’s like to study in KTH. Other Swedish universities alumni whose university was not represented in the event also came to support the Swedish booths.

“..  it was 5 years ago when I was among the crowd asking questions that led me to Sweden. Now, I am helping to answer those same questions” Laili Aidi, a former student of Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship and KTH, shared her reflection of the event. Having to talk to Indonesians who have studied in Sweden helped visitors to relate better with Sweden and its higher education system.

Busy Swedish booths

The Swedish Institute booth shared studying in Sweden in general. It also helped scholarship-seekers to answer their questions regarding financing their studies. Furthermore, the Swedish Institute representatives also conducted a half-an-hour presentation sessions to further promote study in Sweden. Many curious visitors came to the session to get to know more about Sweden.

Visitors packed the information session by Swedish Institute

Some of the visitors had to sit on the floor to listen to SI presentation

All in all, the Swedish booths received very well responds from the visitors. Through this event we hope to be able to introduce Sweden as the destination country for quality higher education. We hope to see more Indonesians in Sweden and more Swedish Alumni in Indonesia.

Staffs, Alumni, Students, Uni representatives

*The last photo is courtesy of the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta

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.