Meet the Global Swedes: Luis Alejandro Hernández Rentería, Mexico, student at University of Skövde.
What is your perception of Sweden?
I could speak about Sweden for hours. The country is so beautiful, with all its natural scenery. You really take care of your natural environments, and take the issue of sustainability seriously. You also have a rich culture, with many pleasant traditions. For example, I really love the Swedish coffee break – eating good pastries, drinking coffee and talking. There’s a lot I appreciate about the Swedish mindset. I like the meaning of the word ‘lagom’ (just right) and the way Swedes use it. You get right to the point, and don’t put either too much or too little effort in things you do. In general, I find that Swedes have a positive attitude and support you when you try to accomplish something. All in all, my quality of life has really improved since coming here. I live in a small town, where everything is within walking distance. It’s tranquil, pretty and clean.
Why did you move to Sweden?
I looked into which universities had top world rankings and found that some were located in Sweden. I began to read about Sweden and understood that it is a developed country with cutting-edge expertise in technologies that interest me. That made me very interested in Sweden, and I decided to apply here.
What do you have to say about your experiences in Sweden?
To me, the country is full of opportunities. Schools here make use of your ambitions, as long as you have the will to succeed. When I got here I wasn’t very good at English, but the University arranged for me to take an English course. Now I feel much more confident. I learn a lot from the way Swedes solve problems and the way they organise things. Everything works, and the environment is clean. I am very happy here.
What are you studying?
Master in Serious Games.
Have you been involved in any projects outside of university?
Outside of university I sing in a choir, and we give regular concerts. I also go hiking in the mountains with my friends whenever I get the chance.
I’m also a partner of a school project called OutliersSchool where I design gamification experiences, and give talks and workshops about the topic for schools and universities in Latin America.
Why do you think you were nominated for the Global Swede award?
I think the school saw my will to succeed and the fact that I like challenges. Instead of choosing the easy path, I often take one that’s more difficult.
What are your plans for the future?
My ambition is to return to Mexico and put what I’ve learned in Sweden to use. My idea is to launch a start-up and develop serious games and gamification. I also want to help Mexican students from my university in Guadalajara come to Sweden and experience Swedish culture, and help Swedish students come to Mexico and experience all the good things my home country has to offer.
The Global Swede Award:
- For the seventh year in a row, the Global Swede award ceremony has been held. During the ceremony at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 10 May, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade Ann Linde and Director-General of the Swedish Institute Annika Rembe congratulated some twenty international students who have attended Swedish higher education institutions. These students have distinguished themselves in areas related to innovation and entrepreneurship.
- The initiative is part of the long-term efforts of the Swedish Government and the Swedish Institute to build relations with international students in Sweden. These efforts help to build bridges of multicultural and global networks that, in the long term, have a positive impact on Swedish trade and the efforts to find new solutions for the future.