Sweden Alumni Club

Sweden and Finland are linked together not just by history, but also by the Baltic Sea.
Yet, for some reason the Baltic Sea seems easier to cross when travelling west rather than east. This is reflected in the mobility of both students and researchers: Sweden is more attractive to Finns than vice versa.

The Sweden Alumni Club was established in Stockholm in 2017 to address this imbalance “Having lived in Sweden for close to 30 years, I have noticed that many sectors need more information about Finland.
The local club has its work cut out for it,” says Kate Sevón, the club chair.

“Our goal is to act as the local ambassadors for the University of Helsinki in Sweden and spread information about Finnish  academia, the University of Helsinki and  study opportunities in Helsinki – studies
can also be completed in Swedish, which  comes as a surprise to many.”

Rasmus Firon (ordförande/puheenjohtaja)
Kate Sevon
Reija Andersson Tuomaala
Anne Appehl
Kirsi Lehtoviita
Nicola Nymalm
Ragna Rönnholm
Barbro Widing

Members of the Sweden Alumni Club board are Carina Asmussen, Johanna Jussila Hammes, Maria Nicola Nymalm, Eveliina Rengstedt, Ragna Rönnholm, Reija Tuomaala, Kate Sevón, Tiinamari Sivonen and Barbro Widing.

Further information:
Contact person in Finland, Pia Österman, +358 29 412 4916, pia.osterman@helsinki.fi
Contact person in Sweden, Kate Sevón, kate.sevon@uhr.se

The alumni of the University of Helsinki gathered on the 24th of September 2017 at Nordea's headquarter next to Kungsträdgården in Stockholm to hold the First General meeting of the Sweden Alumni Club of the University of Helsinki Alumni Association.

Over 60 alumni and friends attended.

After the Head of Investor Relations at Nordea, Rodney Alvfén had welcomed the participants, the President of the University of Helsinki Jukka Kola as well as Board Member of the University, CEO of Hanaholmen, Gunvor Kronman, presented the idea for the Sweden Alumni Club and explained the added value that the Club would have for all parties. The strategic aim for the University is internationalization and quality thinking. The alumni are well integrated in Sweden and the University of Helsinki needs local Ambassadors to enhance the knowledge about the University of Helsinki in Sweden.

The CEO of the University of Helsinki Alumni Association Pia Österman presented the ways that alumni can engage locally giving examples from Beijing and Brussels. At the networking lunch participants mingled talking about their affiliation to the University of Helsinki and shared memories and stories about their experience and career.

After lunch researcher at the think-tank Magma, Kaisa Kepsu, presented the results of her research on the demographic of immigration and emigration between Finland and Sweden “Hjärnflykt eller inte? Flyttning mellan Finland och Sverige idag.” The presentation was very interesting and several questions arose. The distance form Helsinki to Stockholm seems to be shorter than the opposite direction, Gunvor commented.

After the presentation a meeting was held at 13.25  where the participants formally decided on founding the Sweden Alumni Club, decided on the bylaws, and elected a Board of nine people for the Club to guarantee its future success.

At 14.30 the participants walked together to Kungsträdgården to participates in the Finland 100 festivities there. We heard Krista Siegfrieds sing and greeted both His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf The King of Sweden and the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö.