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INVITATION – SI alumni initiated events in Minsk, Belarus

About two months ago the Swedish Institute announced the possibility for SI alumni to apply for financial support to arrange local events, focusing on thematic areas of relevance for development in the Baltic Sea Region, which were:

  • Green technology and/or Energy efficiency
  • Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Management skills, Leadership and Networking
  • Employment and Career development
  • ICT and E-solutions

The announcement has resulted in a number of creative and highly professional applications from alumni teams, bringing together former scholarship holders, SI summer university participants, former  Swedish language students as well as representatives of Swedish Foreign Missions and Swedish and local experts in the abovementioned thematic areas.

While we are still waiting for several successful candidates to accept SI grants and sign the letters of agreement, two alumni teams from Belarus are already eager to welcome participants to their inspiring events next week.

Please see the first two event invitations below and note that more invitations from Belarusian, Georgian and Ukrainian alumni are to come!

I.  Effective Decision Making Workshop on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Swedish Institue Alumni Network invites the alumni from Belarus to take part in the
Effective Decision Making Workshop and
a networking ‘fika’ with participation of the Sweden Ambassador to Belarus Martin Oberg

Effective decision-making is a very important skill for businessmen, managers, team leaders and basically everyone who is eager to make a difference in life. But very few people have proper training and clear techniques on how to take effective decisions in different situations.

 At the event you will learn:

  • To take responsibility for decisions we make;
  • To actively seek effective ways of decision making;
  • To enhance self-appraisal and find self-reliance;
  • To have a critical frame of mind about factors that impede effective decision making;
  • To find ways out of critical situations;
  • To enjoy challenges and take advantages of failures.

Who can take part in the event?

  • Former Swedish Institute scholarship holders
  • SI Management Programme Northern Europe (SIMP) Alumni
  • Previous participants of the Swedish Institute Summer University (SISU)
  • Former students of Swedish language at universities, or SI-supported
  • centres for Swedish Studies

When? Tuesday, October, 15, 2013.
Workshop: 16:00-19:00
Fika: 19.30
Where? Workshop: Minsk, ul. Melezha, 1 (business center Parus)
Fika: to be confirmed.
How to register? Send your name and last name, mobile number and relation to the Swedish Institute to liuda.klevanskaya(at)gmail.com

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II.  Interactive PR Workshop on Friday, October 18th, 2013

Dear SI alumni in Belarus!
We invite you to take part in the interactive PR workshopHow to make the public talk about your company/start-up. Winning mass media and social media users?

SI Alumni Workshop in Minsk

At the workshop you will learn:

  • How to get your business or organization featured in mass media?
  • How to approach and develop fruitful relations with journalists?
  • How to tap the potential of social media?

How you can participate:

  1.   Listen and learn the tools and best practices in mass media relations and social networking;
  2.  Share your experience and cases with others;
  3.  Have your case discussed and provided with a number of suggestions from the participants and trainers
  4.  Discuss a possibility to establish an SI alumni Communication Network

Join the Facebook event now here http://on.fb.me/15Lmyur.

Who is the workshop designed for?

Professionals in business and development organisations, projects and initiatives, who are interested in improving their product’s or company’s publicity and coverage in mass media and social networks. Students, researchers, start-up owners, young entrepreneurs, PR and marketing specialists, and those who is interested in learning more about communications.

When? Friday, October, 18, 2013. 16:00-20:00
Where? Institute of Journalism, Kalvarijskaja street, 9 (the room will be provided to the registered participants)
How to register? Send your name and last name, mobile number to p.solovyov(at)mail.ru and/or obelorusova(at)gmail.com.

 Preliminary Programme

16.00-16.20. Getting to know each other and sharing expectations
16.20.16.50. Olga Belorusova. 5 steps you have to make to see yours or your company’s name in mass media.
16.50.-17.20. Group exercise and discussion of the participants’ case studies.
17.20.-17.30. Coffee-break
17.30.-18.00. Pavel Solovyov.  Best messages which made their way to the public: breaking through the gatekeepers’ barrier.
18.00.18.30. Group exercise and discussion of the participants’ case studies.
18.30.-18.40. Coffee-break
18.40.-19.10. Liudmila Struchevskaja. Best social media campaigns in Belarus and beyond. How to tap the social media potential.
19.10.-19.40. Group exercise and discussion of the participants’ case studies.
19.40.-20.00. Discussion of possible further networking possibilities in the area of communications.

Who are the speakers?

Olga Belorusova, Communications Consultant, Belarus, Denmark, Germany, Sweden
Pavel Solovyov, PHD Associate Professor, Department of Communication Technologies, lecturer at the London School of PR, Belrus
Liudmila Strucheuskaya, Marketing Manager, Alivaria, Belarus

Who can take part in the event?

  • Former Swedish Institute scholarship holders
  • SI Management Programme Northern Europe (SIMP) Alumni
  • Previous participants of the Swedish Institute Summer University (SISU)
  • Former students of Swedish language at universities, or SI-supported
  • centers for Swedish Studies

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Please feel free to email to alumni(at)si.se or contact your fellow SI alumni event organisers if you have any questions!

Announcement: The Swedish Institute offers support to arrange local SI alumni events in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

Are you a Swedish Instiute Alumni and interested in organizing a local alumni event in your country?

Today the Swedish Institute (SI) is pleased to announce the possibility for SI alumni (former scholarship and grant holders) to apply for financial support to arrange local events, focusing on thematic areas of relevance for development in the Baltic Sea Region. The idea of this call is to provide a limited start-up possibility for SI alumni who wish to stay active and continue building professional networks after their scholarships in Sweden. Events supported within this call must take place in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine, and be held in autumn 2013.

The grant can be used to arrange lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits and much more. It is the organizing team behind each application that outlines which components to include, and how it should be managed. It could also be a series of events together forming a larger program, covering different aspects and questions related to the topics discussed. The Swedish Institute recommends that any organizing team establishes collaboration with external partners, and if possible the Swedish embassy or consulate.

Events targeting any of the following thematic areas will have priority:

  • Green technology and/or Energy efficiency
  • Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Management skills, Leadership and Networking
  • Employment and Career development
  • ICT and E-solutions

If this offer seems interesting to you, continue reading!

Requirements and guidelines in brief:

Procedure for application: The completed application form, along with necessary enclosures must be sent by e-mail to si@si.se

Application period: August 15, 2013, open until September 15, 2013

Application form and instructions: Available for download by using the highlighted links below

Organizing team: At least three team members (more information available in the application instructions)

Event location: The event must take place in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, or Ukraine

Date of event: To be held no later than January 31, 2014

An event must include at least 10 SI alumni, together representing one or several of the categories below. The Swedish Institute, however recommends that an event gathers 20 participants or more, in order to ensure interesting networking possibilities and sharing of ideas/experiences.

  • Former Swedish Institute scholarship holders/SI alumni
  • SI Management Program North Europe (SIMP) alumni
  • Previous participants of the Swedish Institute Summer University (SISU)
  • Former students of Swedish language at universities, or SI-supported centers for Swedish studies

This is where you find the application form and complete guidelines: INSTRUCTIONS and APPLICATION FORM

If you have any questions concerning this announcement, or the Swedish Institute alumni network in general, please contact SI at alumni@si.se

 

NEW SI Alumni blogger: Iryna from Ukriane

Our warmest welcoming our new SI Alumni blogger Iryna Mikhnovets.

Iryna was an SI Scholarship holder within the Visby Program (The Swedish Institute Baltic Sea Region Exchange Program) between 2009-2011 at Växjö, Linnéuniversity. She studied the International Master program in Social Work.

Profile picture_ Iryna MikhnovetsIryna still lives in Sweden and will be sharing her experience on the blog during the coming months. She is actively engaged in issues of integration, migration, multicultural variety and gender equality. She is convinced that the key to the successful development in all countries can be found through the active, young and progressive people and SI Alumni all over the world for certain belong to them.

I also asked Iryna to share her;

- strongest memory from Sweden:
“Life in inseparable harmony with nature, tolerance and respect to the world around us.”

- best recommendations to new students in Sweden:
“Go Swedish culture and traditions! During you studies in Sweden be active, curious and attentive, learn as much as you can, meet and interact with new people and explore the Swedish culture through it’s wonderful food, language, music and holidays.”

We look forward to reading more about your experiences as an SI Alumni.

SI Alumni Ilya Kiselev on the Alumni blog

Ilya Kiselev is a former SI Scholarship holder within the Visby Program. He finished in June of 2012 and will be joining the Alumni blog to share his experience from his Scholarship period in Stockholm.

Ilya today at the Swedish Institute

Ilya today at the Swedish Institute

 
When asked to write a description for the blog profile, he wrote: “As SI alumnus he is very enthusiastic about the idea of strengthening active cooperation among former scholarship holders in their professional, academic and business areas. He sees a big potential for youth to be a driver of constant progress in a global scale in multicultural, interconnected world.”

Welcome Ilya to the new alumni blog and we look forward to reading about your experiences as an SI Alumni!

PhD scholar on Polish TV on the 29th of November

In just a few days, one of our soon to be SI Alumni, Maciej M. Sokołowski, will be featured on Polish TV, channel TVN CNBC 24.

Maciej says that the interview, which will be given on Thursday morning in the Polish television TVN CNBC business, will concern the general condition of the Swedish economy. He is invited to comment the latest macroeconomic data for Sweden. During the interview will also highlight the basic, current economic trends and long-term prospects of its development

Maciej who is currently a PhD scholar of the Swedish Institute within the Visby Program at the University of Gothenburg (School of Business, Economics and Law) and at the University of Warsaw. He is also a member of SI:s Network for Future Global Leaders, an active network for SI scholarship holders currently in Sweden. Maciej research in Sweden concerns the energy cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. He examines the legal models of the energy market in this area, their frameworks, the dimension of states’ approach to energy and relations between the state and the energy sector.

Maciej has previously, been featured on Polish TV, you can check him on here: TVN CNBC 24.

We wish Maciej good luck and we look forward to seeing the interview on Thursday.