KTH on whistle-stop tour of the US
KTH President Peter Gudmundson and other KTH representatives visited the US states of New York, Washington DC and Illinois during an interesting week at the end of April
The first stop was New York on 23 April, where some 30 alumni gathered at the Roger Smith Hotel on Lexington Avenue.
Participants were welcomed by alumnus, key contact for the New York Alumni Chapter. Emma Jones, KTH Head of Alumni Relations, then gave a brief overview of US alumni and activities to date followed by a presentation by KTH President Peter Gudmundson. Peter Gudmundson talked about current developments at KTH and KTH’s vision for the future. He also showed a short clip filmed around the campus on Valhallavägen which was much appreciated by the participants.
A buffet dinner followed where KTH President thanked Sebastian Nordgrén for his work with setting up and devloping the New York Alumni Chapter.
The trip continued the next day with a 6am train journey to Washington DC, where Peter Gudmundson took part in a seminar arranged by the Swedish Embassy - “The Future Challenges of Universities - New Innovative Partnerships”, together with other University leaders from both Sweden and the US. A lunch arranged by the Swedish Institute followed, where the KTH representatives had the opportunity to meet with local KTH alumni.
Susanna Michelsen, KTH alumna and editor of online magazine ‘swedish scene’, covered the event held at House of Sweden and the story was picked up by Swedish paper ‘Alingsås Tidning’. Both the ‘swedish scene’ and the ‘Alingsås Tidning’ stories are available through the links below.
Emma Jones, KTH Head of Alumni Relations, met with members of the local KTH Alumni Washington DC Chapter over dinner, where discussions around future activities were held.
The trip concluded with the INSPIRE Summit at University of Illinois, where the leaders of KTH, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm University and University of Illinois signed an agreement calling for continued cooperation among the institutions in research, education and civic programmes.