In the spring of 2017, the alumni team at Stockholm University sent out a survey to all international master's alumni who had been enrolled between 2007 and 2016.

A first step

The alumni survey was a first step to establish and develop international alumni relations at the University. It was sent to 4,371 international master's alumni of which 3,685 received the survey. 1,263 chose to participate, which is a respondent rate of 43 percent. 55 percent were women, 44 percent were men and 1 percent chose to define as other. The largest group of the respondents were between 26 – 35 years.

Looking back and looking forward

The purpose of the International Master's Survey was to establish how this particular group of alumni feel about thier time at Stockholm University, where they are now geographically and carreer-wise and what interest they have in terms of staying in touch with or collaborating with Stockholm University.

Survey findings

The results of the survey show that:

  • 2/3 of the respondents have mostly positive feelings towards their time at Stockholm University
  • more than 2/3 of the respondents chose Stockholm University because of a specific programme they wanted to study
  • over half of the respondents have stated that a master’s degree from Stockholm University from very high to high degree has affected their chances for employment.
  • more than 1/3 of the respondents have stated that they work within the private sector. 1/5 has chosen the academic world. Further, public government and international organisations are attractive work places for our alumni
  • 11% of the respondents are PhD students, whereof half can be found in the branch of Science.
  • 12% of the respondents have chosen to stay in Sweden after completed studies
  • 38% indicated that the choice of doing an internship within their education, has affected their chances for employment
  • over half state that their studies abroad has affected their chances for employment to very high to high degree
  • 2/3 would like to feel more connected to Stockholm University
  • more than half of the respondents want Stockholm University to offer collaborating activities which could lead to work in Sweden, for example information and possibilities for competence development and seminars and workshops in English
  • many alumni would like to see active an active alumni organisation and alumni chapters

Next steps

As a direct result of the survey outcome, the alumni team at Stockholm University implemented a number of projects and events in order to activate and engage with international alumni, both in Sweden as well as abroad. Read the report of the survey findings below.