Networking event in Sao Paulo
KTH´s visit tour to five Brazilian universities ended with a networking evening at the Swedish-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Sao Paulo. The Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Institute (SI) invited alumni, business representatives and students to this evening where, among other things, the new initiative “Sweden Brazil Alumni Connection” and the finals of the student competition “Sweden without Borders” took place.
Chairman of the Swedish-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Jonas Lindström, started by welcoming everyone.
Project Manager at SI, Pierre Liljenfeldt, informed about the progress of the Science without Borders project and the past weeks “roadshow” which several Swedish higher education institutions had participated in together. Brazilian universities and cities visited included Porto Alegre, Curitibia and Belo Horizonto with the final stop in Sao Paulo. The main aim of the roadshow was to provide information about the Swedish offer on an undergraduate level in the Science without Borders program.
Sweden´s ambassador in Brazil, Magnus Robach, held a speech in which he talked about how the Science without Borders program brought Swedish universities together and that the Swedish delegation, consisting of several Swedish universities, is a unique concept. Ambassador Robach also talked about the Embassy´s initiative to launch a new alumni network with the aim to create a networking platform for all alumni in Brazil who have studied in Sweden. More information about the new alumni network will be announced by the Embassy shortly.
In addition to interesting presentations and a fun mingle the finals of the student competition “Sweden without Borders” was held. The contest was aimed to stress what Swedish innovations means or could mean for their lives and studies in Brazil. Six finalists presented their contributions and the winner won a one week long trip to Sweden while the runner-up won a shorter internship at the Swedish-Brazilian Research Institute (CISB).