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Reminder: Opportunity for SI alumni to participate in the Twelfth International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research

Are you doing research on any of the below topics? Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

- The Third Sector and the Welfare state
- Civil society and Democracy
- NGOs and Globalization
- Accountability and Transparency
- Social Innovation and Social Enterprise
- Advocacy and Public Policy
- Philanthropy and Foundations
- Volunteerism and Co-production
- Managing Third Sector Organizations
- Emerging Areas of Theory and Practice

SI alumni researchers have the opportunity to participate in the Twelfth International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) in Stockholm, free of cost!

Read more here.

Opportunity for SI alumni to participate in the Twelfth International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research

Skeppsbron, Stockholm (Ola Ericson/Imagebank Sweden)

We are pleased to announce an opportunity for SI alumni researchers to participate in the Twelfth International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) in Stockholm, free of cost! Below you’ll find more information about the conference and how you can submit your abstract to participate.

ISTR is a major international association promoting research and education in the fields of civil society, philanthropy, and the non-profit sector. It is also a global community of scholars, policymakers, and third sector leaders dedicated to the creation, discussion, and advancement of knowledge pertaining to the third sector and its impact on civil society, the welfare state, and public policy.

An ISTR conference is held every two years in different cities around the world. The Twelfth International Conference of the ISTR will take place at Ersta Sköndal University College in Stockholm from 28 June – 1 July 2016. Read more » >>

Lessons Learned from the Swedes

My admiration for Stefan Edberg ( I was not yet born during the Bjorn Borg era) had led me to my fascination about Sweden. Many many many times during my childhood I dreamed of going to Sweden and met Stefan. The opportunity to study in IKEA land was opened to me when I received a confirmation of study scholarship.

I honestly did not know what to expect when I first arrived at Arlanda airport, Stockholm.  It was 19th January 2006, my first time in Europe, far far away from home (Indonesia).

Before my departure I did my research about the Swedes and their culture. Most of the information I gathered mentioned that Swedes are reserved people, meaning that they might not be that outgoing and friendly.  I found that to be untrue though.

I was happy to see a friendly face, Lizette Naucler, who voluntarily picked me up from the airport. I met her when she did an exchange studies at my college in Malaysia. From the airport she took me to Täby where I stayed there for a couple of days at Joakim (Jocke) Svärling’s superb apartment! (he had lots of musical instruments, it was really cool!). They took me to their friend’s party and I felt honored because everyone at the party started to speak English knowing that I speak no Swedish at all! They didn’t have to do that for me, they could speak Swedish to each other, yet they chose to speak in English so that I also understand their conversation.

They choose to speak English just because I don’t speak Swedish


Lizette took me around Stockholm as well. We visited several places and museums. In one of the museums, I mistakenly left my camera in a restroom.  A nice young women called me up and told me about my camera. I was amazed to find my camera was still at the same place where I put it. That would probably not the case back in my home country. Things will “mysteriously” disappear if you leave your things unattended even for a second!

In one evening, I went out for a quick bite at a fast food restaurant. While eating my food, I saw how people clear up their table after finishing their food. That was a bizarre view for me as I was used to leave everything on my table and someone else would clean it up for me. Looking at the Swede’s behaviour, I quickly picked up the lesson. From that moment I learned to clear up my table, a habit that I still do up until now.

My first time to ICA was also a learning session. When I was queuing at the cashier to pay for the stuffs I wanted to buy, I saw how people put their stuffs by themselves into their bags. In Indonesia, normally we have 2 staffs at the counter; one is the cashier and the other one is a helper that put all the things bought into a bag. As a client, you will do nothing except making the payment. At that time I was not used to pack my own stuffs, thus i found it a bit strange. When I returned back to my apartment I realised how efficient the Swedes were.

When I started my studies at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) I tried to interact with the locals as much as I could. I joined the host family programme that was arranged by JIBS. I was paired with Margareta Böhn, a wonderful and inspirational Swede. Together we went biking around Visingsö. I also borrowed her bicycle to do a 3 days cycling around Lake Vättern with a friend, Patrik Jonasson.  I biked, I camped, I appreciated the wonderful nature that Sweden had to offer.

Met Stefan’s coach! ( in pink)

As the Jerussalem of Sweden, Jönköping has lots of churches. While in JIBS I decided to join the Pingstkyrkan i Jönköping. I met a very friendly church member, Thevathason Rufus. He then introduced me to the church music team and I joined the team as a guitarist (not that I was great at it!). I also went for small congregation gatherings with the church group led by Rufus. To my surprise, I met Stefan Edberg’s former coach in one of the gatherings! It was really wonderful to meet the locals and interact with them.

When i was in Jönköping there was one time when I was very sick and couldn’t get up of my bed. While majority of my friends sent a text saying “get well soon”, my Swedish friends were beyond that. One person lent me her guitar (so that I can play it in my room), another brought me his stereo (in case I’m bored with the guitar and prefer to listen to music), others brought me fruits and medicine.  It’s interesting because in the land far far away from home,  I actually felt like home at that time.

When my studies ended and I had to returned back, I was really really sad. It was difficult for me to say goodbye to the country where “lagom” is best. Honesty,  efficiency, respect, and caring are some of the lessons that I learned from the Swedes. Furthermore, the Swedes had taught me to appreciate nature and environment, something that unfortunately is still very low in my country. All in all, I would forever be grateful for my Swedish experience.  Thank you Sweden, thank you Swedes.

This weeks profile; An Shouzhi from China

Name:AN Shouzhi

An in Gothenburg, 2nd largest "village" in Sweden!

An in Gothenburg, 2nd largest “village” in Sweden!

My studies in Sweden:
I studied the Master of Laws in European Law at Law Faculty, Stockholm University, Stockholm from June 2008 to June 2009, majoring in EU Institution Law and European Competition Law.

Current occupation & work:
After graduated from Stockholm University in 2009, I returned to China to work in headquarters of Wang Jing & Co. Law Firm (www.wjnco.com) in Guangzhou, a successful full-service law firm with branch offices in Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Haikou and Hong Kong.

Now I am the Partner of Wang Jing & Co. as well as Chief Representative of Wang Jing & Co. Fuzhou Office. Besides, I am also the head of the Department of Mining & Energy of our whole law firm. We are handling shipping, international trade, corporate, mining & energy, arbitration cases involved in China, Central Asia, Southern Asia and Europe. In 2012, I was elected and awarded as the Leading lawyer in Maritime & Shipping in Asia-Pacific Region by Aisalaw Review.


Strongest memory from Sweden:

In Kiruna the North of Sweden with plenty of snow

In Kiruna the North of Sweden with plenty of snow

There is a saying, “Stockholm is not a city at all, but a rather large village set in the middle of some forests and lakes.” Yes! I totally agree with and love it. And the fascinating scenery in Stockholm is just what I missed most. Surrounded by waters, the city is stunningly beautiful in the summer evening, which is paralleled by the charm of frozen lakes and snow-fringed skylines in the winter. I love these amazing sights. In October 2012, I returned to Sweden again for one week just to re-visit the beautiful city and the nice local people.In addition, the diversity of culture and the nice local people are also impressive and fantastic to me. In Stockholm, you will find a lot of interesting things during the daily life which have great influence on the culture, economy and politic over the world. Every year, the Nobel Prizes activities will attract worldwide eyes, particularly, in 2012, the Chinese litterateur Mr. MO Yan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Like most Chinese people, I am also very excited. Thanks to Sweden.

Recommendation to new students:
Study hard as well as enjoy Swedish life! The education system in Sweden will offer you lots of practical help to turn your academic success into career gold. When you are trying your best to study, don’t forget to make new friends, learn different foreign culture and language, which will be great helpful in your future life.

Back at home with SRA - Sweden Returned Alumni at Meeting in Beijing

Back at home with SRA – Sweden Returned Alumni at Meeting in Beijing

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Finding accommodation in Stockholm is a challenge but solutions are available if you insist

I was very happy to get the Guest scholarship and already made plans to go around Stockholm, visit museums, drink coffee, eat kanelbulle while reading a book, visit nearby cities such as Uppsala, walking in the streets of the old town thinking of a bright future!

Arriving in Stockholm was smooth. It was a bright day and I went to a hotel hoping to move to a place arranged by the university for me the next day. However, things were not so simple. Since I was going to stay for just two months, I was on a waiting list without an offer and, thus, I had to look for a place by myself quickly. October is already too late to look for a place to move immediately, but I was thinking positively.

I quote from the KTH website: “Due to the difficult housing situation in Stockholm the best thing to do is to start looking for private accommodation as soon as possible. It can be very hard to find accommodation in August and September, and the best is to perhaps stay with a friend if you know someone who lives in Stockholm. Even if it is hard to find somewhere to live most students find something relatively fast. Don’t give up as something will come your way in the end.” Source: Accommodation for Master’s Students.

Indeed, there is limited housing development in Stockholm, thus limited availability of houses for rental. That’s also why accommodation is expensive in Stockholm. KTH offers several options under a service called KTH Bostad (Accommodation Service). Students arriving in September can apply for university accommodation in May of the same year, and if there are enough places, to get an offer by June. Otherwise, they can look for accommodation by themselves with the assistance of KTH Bostad that offers a list of property offers. One may seek for the services of a real estate agent or companies providing rental services such as SSSB.

Alternative and more flexible option is to rent a room at a house (sharing accommodation) or share with other students. These are offered throughout the year, often for a limited period, usually from people in large homes or people that may go on a long vacation. It is important that there is trust between the tenant and the landlord, so when you visit a place please try to find out who you are going to be sharing a house with. Do not insist to get an offer if the person does not feel like renting to you. There are other fish in the sea. Of course, the place should be in a nice and convenient area in terms of access to public transport and safety, especially for females returning late at home. There is even a facebook group “a forum for students of KTH to discuss about housing issues in Stockholm” (THS Housing) you can read about various accommodation issues. Always try to know more about you legal rights and always respect the local laws, legislation and moral laws, in order to avoid inconvenience.

My personal experience was very positive. I got to live at a lovely place, north of Stockholm city, very close to the lake and the woods and with a good access to public transport. It took me a week to find it after visiting about five places with the kind help of my supervisor from the KTH. I got to know a Swedish artist and we became friends, keeping in touch since 2005. Thus, I was able to better meet and appreciate the Swedish culture and authentic way of living. I felt safe; I loved Swedish food and IKEA furniture and had nice conversations, walks and long and peaceful sleeping nights.

A lot of information about accommodation in Stockholm and Sweden in general is available online. Please start reading here: Accommodation for Master’s StudentsAccommodation and KTH Bostad. Never forget to visit SI’s portal http://www.sweden.se.

If you are a Greek student or researcher, please get in touch or post to the local SI’s Alumni Group in facebook, the Hellenic Society of Swedish Scholars. Myself, a board member or a group member might be able to advise.

A street in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm