Global Swede Award winner. Photo by Catarina Axelsson at the Swedish Government Offices
Global Swede Award winners. Photo by Catarina Axelsson at the Swedish Government Offices

Award honouring international students

Each year the Government Offices of Sweden honours a number of foreign students studying at higher education institutions in Sweden and who have distinguished themselves in areas related to innovation and entrepreneurship. This year’s Global Swede is awarded to exceptional master’s student of International Commercial Arbitration at Stockholm University, Kirsten Teo-Delalay from Singapore, who was among the 21 students to receive the prestigious award.

The award ceremony was headed by Ann Linde, the Swedish Minister Swedish Minister for EU Affairs and Trade, and Annika Rembe, the Director-General of the Swedish Institute, at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Engaged, enthusiastic and community-minded student

Kirsten Teo-Delalay and Ann Linde, Swedish Minister for EU Affairs and Trade by Catarina Axelsson
Kirsten Teo-Delalay and Ann Linde, Swedish Minister for EU Affairs and Trade by Catarina Axelsson

“Kirsten Teo-Delalay is an exceptional student in the Master of International Commercial Arbitration Law programme. During her studies, Kirsten has stood out as not only the best student in the class, but also as the most engaged, enthusiastic and community-minded student. She embodies the characteristics of a ‘Global Swede’ and possesses strong charismatic social skills, easily interacting with people from diverse backgrounds. Her quick mind is matched by her quick wit, warm smile and ease of laughter”, states the award motivation.

The Global Swede initiative

The Swedish Institute (SI) is a government agency that promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world. Attracting foreign talent is a key objective.

The Global Swede initiative is SI’s way to honour young international students in Sweden who are outstanding in their field, and to stay in contact them in their future endeavours.

More photos from the ceremony are available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ photo page.