The second day we woke up early to prepare for “Career Expo”, the largest educational fair in Zambia. We were lucky enough to hold a presentation to over 50 students about Sweden, higher education in Sweden and the Study Scholarship program. It was a great success and we hope to meet some of them in Sweden in the future. We were surprised to learn that they are quite familiar with Sweden, one of the many areas of familiarity with Sweden, rather than Zlatan, was Dag Hammarskjöld, one of Swedens most famous Peacemakers.
Right top & bottom: At the beutiful Career Expo in Zambia with students Left: With the Head of Dag Hammarskjöld Institution and in the bakground the Swedish School of Lusaka
Since we spent most of the first day in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, we were delighted that we got the opportunity to visit the University of Mulungushi in Kabwe (a 3h drive northeast of Lusaka).
University of Mulungushi, Zambia
One of the most exciting events for me, being the Alumni manager at SI, was the reception as the ambassador’s residence where we met former international students to Sweden, and was graced by Zambias current Finance Minister Alexande Chickwanda who studied at Lund University in the late 1960´s. Most still spoke Swedish! More about the event on the Swedish Embassys website: http://www.swedenabroad.com/News____109603.aspx?slaveid=133631
Seeing that Sweden only has a handful of scholarship holders from Zambia currently in Sweden, we hope that this visit will help increase the number of applications for the current application period that opened the 1st of December. We rounded off a few but fantastic days in Zambia with lots of impressions. For more information about the scholarship program visit www.studyinsweden.se/study-scholarships
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships Program visits Zambia and Burkina Faso to talk about the new scholarship program that targets students from Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
In mid-November me and my colleague Niklas Dahlberg, program Officer for the Study Scholarships, landed in Lusaka with a full program of visits to Universities and market the Scholarship program.
Down Town Lusaka, the capital of Zambia
Our first visit was to the largest, University of Zambia (UNZA) where we met the Vice-Chancellor who has been to Sweden on numerous occasions. We also had the opportnity to meet with Headsof Institutions at the University as well as a Postdoc currently at UNZA and Umeå University (in Sweden). We rounded off our visit with a radio interview at UNZA Radio. The University has approx. 16 000 students at BA and Master level, we were also received a wonderful tour of the Campus and the 14 storied library filled with students preparing for exams.
Visit to University of Zambia Radio (UNZA Radio), University of Lusaka and the Swedish Embassy
We rounded off the first day after visits to University of Lusaka (UNILUS) and Evelyn Hone College where Niklas held a presentation about the opportunities within the scholarship program.
At University of Zambia (UNZA) with Vice Chancellor and senior staff
For more information about the scholarship program visit www.studyinsweden.se/study-scholarships