The highlight of Study in Sweden’s visit to Hong Kong was, from my point of view, the alumni meeting. Some 100 students from Hong Kong who been to Sweden for studies or research meet up with me, the Consulate General and representatives from the Swedish universities. And it was all about Sweden.
Discussions about everything from innovative university buildings and memorable lectures to someone’s first visit in a Swedish forest and Swedish culinary classics like meatballs and cinnamon buns. Standing in a skyscraper with a hundred people talking about different aspects of Swedish culture boosted my ego as a Swede and my belief that Sweden offers a truly unique experience for students with its open climate and student centric education.
One of the most interesting things to talk about is what they thought was the best thing about studying here and also what kind of advice they would give a newly arrived student. I recorded a few of the alumni talking about some of these things. Here is a short clip with Olivia, an alumni from Uppsala University.
An outcome of the alumni meeting is The Swedish Academic Alumni Association in Hong Kong. The alumni association will continue to arrange meeting and seminars, next one will be in April. The purpose is to stay in touch, network and build relations between Hong Kong and Sweden. You can find them on Facebook and soon also on our community SwedenInTouch.