Sweden alumni meetup at the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, September 2018.
Sweden alumni meetup at the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, September 2018.

 

Alumni meetup in Delhi in September 2018.
Alumni meetup in Delhi in September 2018.

Holding international alumni events is a relatively new activity for Stockholm University. The purpose of these events is to re-establish contact with our international alumni (defined as alumni that once moved to Sweden in order to study at Stockholm University), find out what interests they have in regards to collaborating with their alma mater, as well as present possibilities for collaboration based on Stockholm University’s priorities.

An important take-away from the events is also being able to identify and build relationships with key stakeholders amongst our alumni. Individuals who want to collaborate with us and who feel driven and motivated in their alumni role.

When Stockholm University engages in international activities we should take advantage of the fact that we have alumni ambassadors spread far and wide across the globe. Our international alumni can build bridges for us. They can connect us with potential partners and stakeholders in places where we have few contacts. Understanding both the Swedish and the local perspective in the destination country, they can ease our way into regions of the world that are new to us, help us navigate and get oriented so that we hit the ground running. They can lend authenticity and legitimacy to our student recruitment activities. And so much more.
 

Alumni meetup in Tokyo, October 2018.
Alumni meetup in Tokyo, October 2018.


A long-term goal with international alumni relations is to build networks in relevant markets (where Stockholm University has vested interests in education, research and collaboration) around the world. Organized alumni networks abroad could be of significant relevance for Stockholm University in our efforts abroad.

Our alumni are the most clear-cut product we have as a university. They are the evidence that we have done our job when they become productive members of society. Keeping in touch with them, wherever they end up in the world, is not only important, it is crucial for our future as an educational institution.