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Bandung, Indonesia - During the third day of the Sweden’s royal visit, Wednesday (24/05/2017), their majesties the King and Queen of Sweden were scheduled to visit the Asia-Africa Museum, local football club Persib with Mayor Ridwan Kamil in Bandung. The King and Queen were also scheduled to join the final session of a seminar on the Triple Helix model at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), organized together with Lund University, and with the presence of Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro.

This is to encourage the collaboration between companies, universities and government as well as to create an environment conducive to research, innovation and entrepreneurship, a model that has been very successful for Swedish business and science parks. Following this visit to ITB, a higher education oriented bilateral relations was among the most remarkable agenda where Alumni Swedia took part on the initiative.

West Auditorium Room at Bandung Technological Institute or ITB, was packed with dozens of Alumni Swedia’s members as well as newly admitted students at Swedish universities who were very eager to meet Swedish royal couples, His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf and Her Majesty Queen Silvia. The room was chosen as the venue of the event because of its historical value. Soekarno, the first President of Indonesia used to study in that room during his studies at Technische Hoogeschool te Bandoeng in the 1920’s.

During the event, in front of their majesties King and Queen of Sweden, Bandung City Major, Rector of ITB and Indonesia’s Ambassador to Sweden, Alumni Swedia, represented by its newly elected chairman Mochammad Fadjar Wibowo, who happens to be CISDI’s Outreach and Partnership Coordinator, presented the history behind the foundation of Alumni Swedia, the organization member’s growth, as well as the organization’s efforts in bridging communication and network among its members as well as between Alumni Swedia members and the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta. In addition to the presentation, Fadjar represented Alumni Swedia and Amreta Sidik from the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta launched “Sweden-Indonesia Connect”, a LinkedIn-based platform aiming at establishing a connection between Swedish companies, alumni, Indonesian students in Sweden, and also Swedish universities.

Fadjar Wibowo, CISDI’s Outreach and Partnership Coordinator, an alumnus of Karolinska Institutet presented “Sweden-Indonesia Connect”

Annika Rembe, Director-General of the Swedish Institute in her speech addressed the importance of collaboration in strengthening a mutually beneficial relationship between Indonesia and Sweden. She hoped Alumni Swedia could play a significant role in doing so. Afterward, she, on behalf of the Swedish Institute signed a memorandum of understanding with her counterpart Mokhamad Mahdun, LPDP’s Director for Business Development, Investment, and Partnership. LPDP or the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education has provided thousands of scholarship for Indonesian students to pursue higher education abroad. The MoU, Annika said, not only opens the opportunity for cooperation in the area of higher education but also strengthening ties between Indonesia and Sweden.

Johanna Brismar Skoog, Annika Rambe, Mokhamad Mahdun, Bagas Hapsoro attended the MoU signing between Swedish Institute and LPDP

The meeting was closed with a group photo session of Alumni Swedia and Their Majesties King and Queen of Sweden. In the end of the event, before leaving the room, His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden gave a warm smile, said goodbye and delivered a message to the students who will start their studies in Sweden next autumn; “Study hard”. Indeed, study hard they will, and having a lot of fun while doing that, too!

Alumni Swedia prepared souvenir to be presented to Their Majesties the King and the Queen of Sweden

Through the protocolary procedure, Alumni Swedia who fully considered the importance of the bilateral visit as the very first visit between two countries since 65 years ago, extended Alumni Swedia’s honorary member cards to their majesties and exclusive notebook with embordered greeting written “From The Equatorial Jewel to the Northern Light: A Friendship that Will Last Forever”.

By: CISDI’s Outreach and Partnership Team

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