KI Alumni Global Chapters - Past Events

Many of our alumni live outside of Sweden. Here you can find invitations to events abroad and contact information to local groups in your home country.

Alumni Reception at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda February 2015

Members of KI Alumni & Friends was invited to an Open lecture with well renowned speakers followed by an Alumni Reception at the College of Health Sciences (CHS) on Thursday, February the 12th.

The collaboration has been in place since 2001 and comprises collaboration on all levels from exchange of students and teaching staff to having a Ph.D. double degree, that is, a degree from both institutions respectively.

Open LectureOpen Lecture MakerereKI Alumnus Peter Waiswa


College of Health Sciences: Prof. Nelson Sewankambo, Principal, Dr. Okullo, Deputy Principal, Prof. James Tumwine, Joan Nakayaga Kalyuango, PhD.

 Karolinska Institutet: Prof. Kerstin Tham, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mats Wahlgren, Prof. Anders Gustafsson, Dean of doctoral education.

About 60 alumni attended the celebration of the collaboration and the Open lecture. At the reception alumni who had spent time at KI as a teacher or student exchange or to work on their PhD thesis were asked to say a few words. Teachers and students who had just been nominated to go to KI for an exchange within the study programme of Dentistry also participated.

Alumni Reception K_Tham_alumni_Uganda

A delegation from Karolinska Institutet, chaired by Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Kerstin Tham, visited Makerere University from 11-13 February 2015 to celebrate the many years of partnership and to discuss the future of the collaboration.

Read more about the KI-delegation visit to Makerere University.

Alumni Event at the Australian Ambassador's residence January 2015

20 KI Alumni who had studied in Australia participated at an event on January 21 organized by Austrade and the Australian Embassy to promote Australia’s capabilities in education and foster an understanding of Australia’s research landscape. Invited were also alumni från Stockholm University and KTH. The ambassador Mr Gerald Thomson welcomed the guests in his reseidence in Stockholm and spoke about Sweden as Australia's fourth most important trade partner.

Alumni Event Australia embassy


Alumni Event in Shanghai, China October 2014


On October 21, the Karolinska Institutet hosted the seminar and mingle centrally at the JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai, which is located close to historic sites and the exclusive financial district. At the top of one of the city's tallest skyscrapers, KI’s alumni in Shanghai were able to mingle with each other and with personnel from KI. The get-together was part of KI's efforts to strengthen and develop the network that has been built up for KI alumni in China. 

KI’s press secretary Sabina Bossi, who represented KI Alumni & Friends, opened the seminar. Sabina Bossi emphasised the importance of the network to Karolinska Institutet, which in different ways would like to broaden its cooperation with China, and she emphasized that KI is very proud of the Chinese alumni who have performed in an exemplary manner.

As an academic representative from KI, Björn Kull, director of the Grants Office, spoke of Karolinska Institutet's new strategy and investment in major infrastructure in and around the Karolinska Institutet. He also highlighted the investment in the new laboratory Biomedicum, SciLifeLab and the competitive advantages Sweden has long had, but which are particularly clear now that investment in academic biomedical research has been strengthened.
The get-together was much appreciated and ten alumni attended. The alumni came away with information and gifts. The Alumni meeting had been arranged in connection with the Nordic Centre’s annual assembly. The Nordic Centre is a network of 26 Nordic universities and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.

International alumni act as ambassadors for KI and ultimately strengthen the KI brand. In China, the alumni network facilitates the recruitment of students, doctoral students and researchers, but also contact with collaboration partners. They become an interface towards business and industry to find placements, which helps students enter the labour market. Alumni and their employers are also potential collaboration partners.

Alumni Event in Shandong, China November 2013

Members of KI Alumni & Friends had an eventful and successful day at Xuefu Hotel, Jinan in the beginning of November. The day started 

Shandong_3with a joint symposium and continued with an alumni reception with mingling and a buffet dinner. More than 100 alumni met and represented KI and the atmosphere at the reception was good and full of joy. 

The Alumni reunion was hosted by Jan-Olov Höög Dean of Education and organized by Alexandra Ehring,  Alumni Relations Officer.

 - We have to have a presence there, as the alumni groups we have in China, Singapore and elsewhere need more than the support we can give them from home," said Alexandra Ehring, alumni coordinator at the Communications and Public Relations Office.



KI Alumni and Friends in Singapore, 2012


Around 35 alumni got together at the Roof terrace Bar Loof in Singapore on 12 September 2012. With a beautiful view over Singapore and Raffles Hotel, the alumni met under relaxed cercumstances, outside lecture halls and labs. There were a lot of laughs and hugs and memories shared over some drinks and food. The alumni were all in different stages in their careers, some just got back, or moved on, from KI, and some have gone further in their careers. But they all share experienses from Sweden and their time at KI.

Dean for Doctoral Education, prof. Anders Gustafsson, welcomed everyone to the event, and the conversations took off. The guests compared snow experiences, what the sun does to the Swedes, and if the white bikes outside the administration building in Solna are ever used or not.


Alumni in Minnesota, USA, 2012

Alumni and researchers from KI, the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic met in Minnesota on November 2012 to push research that can lead to new treatments and preventive measures in the interests of global health. The University of Minnesota is one of the country´s largest, and its partnership with Karolinska Institutet has been in place for more than two decades. The two universities have common research programmes underway in a variety of specialist medical fields, including regenerative medicine and immunology. 


The symposium opened with a talk by Professor Peter Agre from Johns Hopkins University in the USA, who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discoveries concerning water channels in cell membranes. Professor Hans Rosling from KI, who is known for his passion for sustainable global development, closed the conference. Both talked about social injustice as the root of many of today´s health problems, particularly in poor countries


KI Alumnus Lars Oddsson from Allina Health attended the meeting. He acquired his PhD from KI in 1990. Lars now lives in Minnesota but collaborates with KI through his research on Fall Prevention. 
- This is a very good way to meet other alumni and representatives from KI. I am looking for more collaboration with KI to facilitate for PhD-students to do research at Sister Kenny Research Center.