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Invitation: Reception for SI Alumni in Sweden at the Swedish Institute in Stockholm

On Friday 5 June, the day before the Swedish national day, the Swedish Institute invites all SI Alumni (former SP scholarship holders)  in Sweden to a reception at our offices in Stockholm. If you are an SI Alumnus still residing in Sweden, don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet with new and old alumni friends!

During the evening there will be live music, drinks and canapés. We will also acknowledge that it is 70 years this year since the Swedish Institute was established in 1945.

This event is also a kick-off for the Regional SI Alumni Network that has been formed for alumni who are currently in Sweden.

Date: 5 June, 2015
Venue: Swedish Institute, Slottsbacken 10, Stockholm
Time: 17:00 – 19:00 (Doors open at 16:30)

If you wish to attend, please sign up through the below link no later than 25 May:

Please note that this event is open to Swedish Institute Alumni only. An SI Alumni is a former recipient of a Swedish Institute scholarship or the Global Swede award. Registration is necessary to attend the event.

If you’re an SI Alumni residing in Sweden make sure to join the SI Alumni in Sweden Facebook group!

Sustainability is a smart key to a green future

All people on the planet want to live longer and healthier life. Nobody in ancient civilizations could even imagine, that today the longevity in certain countries will reach up to one hundred years. The peoples’ vitality linked directly to the earth’s health. Harmony between the world around us and our own state of body and mind are inseparable and a guarantee for the prosperity of future generations. To live in a harmony with resources of a nature, especially when there are more and more of them which become non-renewable – is not an easy task in the epoch of technology.

Presentation of processing procedures of a sewage clarification in water treatment plant at Växjö Municipality

Photo by Li Jinping

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Smart Living Challenge workshop

The issue of living smart became nowadays really topical. There are more and more countries, which realise that to live in a harmony with nature is a key to the sustainable future for our coming generations. There is no time to mediate upon the bad influence of global industries, continual production and consumption, which can create a phenomenon of an “invironmental refugee” already during the twenty-first century. Many landscapes, natural and water resources are affected in a non-remediable way and that is why every new idea or solution for a better future of our home planet counts.

Swedish Institute alumni from 7 different countries gathered at United Spaces in Stockholm to participate in Smart Living Challenge pilot workshop


Recently, on the 18th of October, Swedish Institute has gathered 13 alumni from 7 different countries on 3 continents for a pilot workshop at United Spaces in Stockholm, devoted to sustainability and challenge for a smart living all over the world. Together with organizers from Mälardalen University in Sweden, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems VINNOVA, Munktell Science Park, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and other organisations, participants got a deeper insight into current Swedish projects and activities, which are focused upon development of sustainable way of living.


Presentation from Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems VINNOVA

All the participants were invited to follow a thorough guidance of Anders Wikström – a process leader and an expert in design, innovation, process learning and creative thinking. During the whole day, full of productivity and creative ideas, all the participants, who were devided into four small groups, were working upon an interesting and challenging task.


Idea development by Anders Wikström


With help of different methods, such as think tank, pros and cons discussions within small mixed groups, mind-maps and drawing of ideas in a form of comics, the participants from four groups were supposed to create a sustainable idea, which can really work on practice. The outcome from each group was recorded  and presented in a form of one-minute group presentation.


Creating sustainable ideas in small groups


This pilot workshop became the first and important step towards Smart Living Challenge 2014 global  innovation contest, which is open for all participants, who has ideas about how to make our life and world more sustainable and simply better for living.



INVITATION – Alumni in China

It is that time of year again, the Sweden Alumni Network in China (SANC) to invite you to the Annual Alumni Networking event in Beijing.

The Swedish Institute has supported the alumni network since it was launched in 2009/2010. Together with the Swedish Emabssy in China and the Sweden Alumni Network in China we would like invite former international students to Sweden who reside in Beijing to this  years alumni event and reunion. The event will be held on the 5th of november, 2013 in Beijing in conjunction to “The China Education Expo in Beijing on Nov 2-3″.

This was part of the team of 2012, and includes alumni in 5 diffrent chapters/cities around China.

SANC is happy to invite all members as well as other alumni from former Swedish Universities to join us and members will have opportunity to meet and recive to a presentation from a lecturer at the Nobel Museum.

Date: Tuesday, Nov 5th, 2013
Time: 19:00-22:00,
Place: Beijing you will recive full adress with confirmation email.

Apply for a place online: There are a limited number of seats so please register as soon as possible. Places will be distributed evenly among the various Swedish universities. Apply online no later than October 15th at: j.mp/sanc2013 . You will receive a letter of confirmation shortly after October 15th informing you if you have receiveda place.

Attendants will include: Alumni from Swedish universities, a delegation of Swedish universities, the Swedish Institute, the Embassy of Sweden in Beijing, the Nobel Museum, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China and a delegation of Swedish Companies.

About Sweden Alumni Network in China (SANC) is a non-profit organization for and by all alumni of Chinese, Swedish and other nationalities who studied or engaged in Sweden and now live in China. The purpose of this network is to develop and maintain a platform which can sustainably provide opportunities to its members and partners to improve their communications and can foster positive and mutually beneficial relationships between them.

A big congratulations to the founder of SANC; Ling Zhang is also the Alumnus of the Year at Mälardalen University (MDH) 2013 which  announced by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Paul Pettersson at a ceremony at MDH in Västerås.

The motivation for the award reads:
“Ling Zhang, founder of the Swedish Alumni Network in China, is a fantastic asset to Mälardalen University (MDH). He has already done an enormous amount for MDH by promoting it within the network, and hence laid the ground for MDH students and staff to benefit from its numerous members.”

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Ling Zhang: ling.zhang@sanchina.org or alumni@si.se.