They are positive ambassadors for studying in Sweden and for their home countries. They focus in particular on innovation and entrepreneurship. Twenty-six top international students from 18 different countries were recognised last week as Global Swedes and received an award from Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade Ann Linde.
The proud exchange students came to a ceremony at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on 21 May to receive their award from the Government.
This was the ninth Global Swede ceremony. The 26 top international students come from different universities around Sweden and from 18 different countries. Each year, Swedish universities and other higher education institutions have the opportunity to nominate one of their students for the award.
One of the students was Khusboo Singh from India who is studying at Uppsala University.
“I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to study in Sweden. There are a lot of things that are different here, but in a good way – the courses are more flexible and the teachers are more accessible. I’d like to stay in Sweden for another few years, if possible. And being here today to receive this award is a huge honour,” said Khusboo Singh.
Thasshwin Mathanlal, also from India, agreed. He is studying a Masters programme in space science and space technology at Luleå University of Technology.
“Yes, I’m also feeling very proud today. Thank you Sweden for allowing me to be here!”
The ceremony was organised by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Institute, and the students listened to a speech by Minister for Foreign Trade with responsibility for Nordic affairs Ann Linde. She stressed the importance of working together and across borders to tackle the climate change crisis and other global challenges. She also emphasised innovation as the key to a more sustainable society, shared the personal lessons she has learned and expressed hope for the future:
“To meet students is to meet the future. And when I meet you I feel optimistic about the future,” said Ms Linde.
When it was time to present the awards, one representative from each university read out the nomination for each Global Swede. This was a proud moment for the students, including Munashe Chivaura:
“It feels fantastic. The fact that Umeå University has nominated me must mean I’m on the right track. It’s been extremely rewarding to study in Sweden, and different too, of course. The wonderful diversity that exists in Sweden is something I can miss at home in Zimbabwe,” he said.
Written by Cecilia Oscarsson