On May 4th 2016, in an event jointly arranged by the SI Ugandan Alumni Network and the Embassy of Sweden in Kampala, an estimated 500 Ugandan university students from around Kampala took the opportunity to see, hear, taste and discuss Sweden for a day. Informational materials from SI about Swedish scholarship opportunities and different aspects of life in Sweden were distributed throughout the day by about 40 members of the SI alumni network. The alumni also answered questions and shared their personal experiences from Sweden.
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6-8 August 2015 the first of three Regional SI Alumni Forums on the theme of innovation and entrepreneurship was held in Kampala, Uganda. The three day event gathered 41 alumni from 8 countries in the East Africa region for a program of lectures, study visits and a reception at the Embassy of Sweden in Kampala. SI alumni from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda attended the event. Read more » >>
The Swedish Institute Alumni Network in Uganda together with the Swedish Institute and the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda has the pleasure of inviting you to the first Regional SI Alumni Forum event. The event will take place in Uganda from 6-8 August 2015 at the Imperial Beach Botanical Hotel Entebbe.
SI alumni from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Zambia, Malawi and Ethiopia will attend the event. Speakers include the Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Urban Andersson, delegates from the Swedish Institute, the Embassy of Sweden in Uganda, Swedish/local Companies in the region, and SI alumni.
The Regional SI Alumni Forum is held on the theme of Entrepreneurship. The programme will tentatively include presentations on the following topics:
- “The Entrepreneurial spirit in an emerging East African Community: The Swedish contribution”
- “Integration, Governance/ Leadership and Business: A tripod approach “
- “How to succeed as an Entrepreneur in East Africa: A success story from the region”
Participants will also get to make study visits to three companies. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking with participating SI alumni.
There are still 12 slots available:
1 for Ethiopia (full transport and accommodation)
1 for Rwanda (full transport and accommodation)
10 for Ugandan participants who can attend the event for one day on 7 August.
If you are interested in participating, please register as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday 8July to: sialumni.eastafrica (a) gmail.com. The selection will be made on first come, first serve basis.
Representative for the Swedish Alumni Network in Uganda
My studies in Sweden?
I studied at Lund University between 2011-2013 and attended the Masters Program of Public Health. I was awarded a Swedish Institute Scholarhip Program.
Current occupation & work:
I am currently an ESL teacher in China and I strongly belive that the Scholarship contributed to my overrall leadership development
Strongest memory from Sweden
When friends from all over the world threw me a surprise bridal shower in November 2012. I couldn’t have asked for more!
Your best recommendation to new students in Sweden?
Time flies so take advantage of opportunities to explore Sweden and Europe, or make your own.
Most of last week was spent in Kampala, capital of Uganda, home to hundreds of Swedish Institute (SI) Alumni over the years.
Our first event after arrival was naturally to host the first alumni gathering in Uganda, arranged by the Swedish Embassy and co-hosted together with the Swedish Institute at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, Mr.Urban Andersson. SI:s Director General, Mrs Annika Rembe, attended the event and expressed the importance of continued Alumni relations and connections with Sweden. As Manager of SI:s Alumni relations, I was delighted that over 30 alumni currently in Uganda attened the event. SI Alumni can be found in a wide varuety of feilds as Professors, researchers or as professionals in private- or health sectors, some in financial investment, all gathered to network and revitalize their contacts with Sweden.
The focal point of our Second day in Uganda was “Sweden Day at Makerere University” in Kampala. We estimated that an overwhelming 1.300 students passed by the Sweden day venue all curious about studies and Scholarship opportunities to Sweden. During the day 6 SI Alumni who had just returned from Sweden joined us in discussion panels and shared their experience on studying in Sweden, they held two presentations on the topic of studying in Sweden, making a truly important contribution to our Sweden Day. Niklas Dahlberg, Program Manager for the “Study Scholarship programme” held a few presentations on scholarship opportunities in Sweden.
The highlight of the day was when the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University together with the Swedish Ambassador and Director General of SI took the stage and officially handed over the complete volume of the Linnaeus Apostles to Makerere University. Read more on the Swedish Embassies website.
To find out more from current Ugandan scholars in Sweden, listen to what three brand new scholarship holders had to say: https://vimeo.com/78817174
Follow the Swedish embassies calendar for future events; http://www.swedenabroad.com/kampala.
Also check out our activity on Twitter concerning both events:
Twitter: @SweInstitute #sialumni
Twitter: @SwedeninUG – Sweden in Uganda
Twitter: @SwedEnvoyUganda – The Swedish Ambassador of Sweden to Uganda, Mr. Urban Andersson
Instagram: #sialumni, you’ll find some pictures and short films from Uganda
Follow the Swedish Embassy in Kampala on Facebook: www.facebook.com/embassyofswedeninkampala