Sweden Returned Alumni meet in Beijing

In conjuction to the exhibition Innovative Sweden on the 15th September,2012, with the support from Swedish Institute, The Embassy of Sweden in Beijing, Swedish Trade  Council, The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in ChinaSweden Returned Alumni(SRA) in China organized a large gathering SRA 2012 Annual Reunion in Tsinghua University(One of the best university in China) in Beijing.

SRA meeting fall 2012

SRA meeting fall 2012

More than 130 alumni (former international studnents who have returned) attended this annual reunion and represented almost 20 out of the 40 Swedish Universities. Members of SRA met old friends and new friends during reunionevent and had the opportunity to view the Exhibition Innovative Sweden.

SRA  program also included presentations by Mr.Anders Andersson(Embassy), Ms.Birgitta Tennander(SI), Ms.Anna Clarin(Swedish Trade Council) as well as Ms. Yangkun, Mr.Liqiangbo and Mr. Prof. Wu Zhensheng who shared their experience about innovations in the companies.

SRA committee Dinner with SI

SRA committee Dinner with SI

 

For more information about Swedish Alumni Network in China  www.sanchina.org and for more information about support available for Alumni from the Swedish Institute, contact: Maureen Hoppers, alumni@si.se

About SRA

  • SRA-Sweden Returned Alumni  is a non-profit organization for and by all alumni of Chinese who studied in Sweden and now live in China.   
  • The platform exists in order to improve the networking between alumni and Swedish organization & companies. Ultimately we hope to improve Sino-Sweden relations, especially in the academic area.
  • Founded in March 2010 in Beijng.
  • More than 600 alumni from 30 Swedish Universities

Jakarta Alumni met up in August!

In August the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta together with alumni organized a large gathering intended for preparing the new students on their way to Sweden, it was also kick-off meeting to set-up a local alumni network. A total of 40 alumni attended the event the represented former scholars from some of Sweden’s largest universities such as Lund University, Stockholm University and Uppsala University.

After the Alumni and new students taking turns to introduce themselves a buffet followed

After the Alumni and new students taking turns to introduce themselves a buffet followed…

Also 9 new international students, of which 7 were new Swedish Institute scholarship holders preparing to arrive in Sweden to begin their studies this fall managed to attend.  The new students received a pre-departure briefing on what to expect when arriving in Sweden.

It was also a delight to have the former Ambassador of Indonesia to Sweden 2006-2010, Ambassador Linggawaty Hakim, a Stockholm University alumnus, speak her experiences of studying in Sweden as an international student.

Speech about living in Sweden as an Indonesian student by Ambassador Linggawaty Hakim, former Ambassador of Indonesia to Sweden 2006-2010, a Stockholm University alumnus

Speech about living in Sweden as an Indonesian student by Ambassador Linggawaty Hakim, former Ambassador of Indonesia to Sweden 2006-2010, a Stockholm University alumnus

Hopefully we might see a new Alumni Network, soon in Jakarta. To meet Sweden Alumni in Jakarta, also visit the official group on Facebook.

The event was supported by the Swedish institute and many thanks to the Swedish Embassy and Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia Ewe Polano for hosting the event as well as to our enthusiastic Alumni in Jakarta. 

Alumni in Indonesia

Alumni in Indonesia with Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia and Ambassador of Indonesia to Sweden in center

For more information about Alumni in Indonesia email: Amreta Sidik through, ambassaden.jakarta@foreign.ministry.se at the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta and for general information about Sweden Alumni Networks post a comment or email: alumni@si.se

The Alumni Association in Athens

 

I had the great pleasure of meeting Dr. Stamatis Kalogirou, the head of the Alumni Association in Athens, this morning. 

Dr. Stamatis Kalogirou, head of Athens Alumni Association & Maureen at the Swedish Institute in Stockholm

Dr. Stamatis Kalogirou, head of Athens Alumni Association & Maureen at the Swedish Institute in Stockholm

We, together with colleagues MariAnne Walz and Hans Lepp from the Swedish Institute, had a great meeting about the former and current activities the alumni association has conducted and their plans for future activities.

The Athens Alumni Associations full name is: The Hellenic Society of Swedish Scholars who you can find the Alumni Association on Facebook and in SwedenInTouch.se. 

 I would like to recommend to all international student from Greece who have studied in Sweden to join the Alumni Network: HSSS –  The Hellenic Society of Swedish Scholars in Athens on both platforms to recive invitations for activities and events.

Graduation time again

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Sweden no 2 in ranking of national higher education systems

Which country has the best higher education system? Last week a study was presented by Universitas 21, an international network of leading universities from 16 countries which attempts to give us an answer. The ranking of higher education systems has been developed as a benchmark for governments, education institutions and individuals. The aim is to highlight the importance of creating a strong environment for universities to contribute to social, economic and cultural development and so that they can compete for talent globally. Read more »