LiU alumni in Singapore met former students from five other Swedish top universities at a gala dinner, where astronaut Christer Fuglesang gave a speech on his adventures in space.
Christer Fuglesang told the alumni what it was like to go into space, which he has done twice. He also talked about future trends, such as plans for human missions to Mars and private individuals paying enormous amounts of money to go on a spaceship.
The dinner took place on 2 November at the Concorde Hotel in Singapore. About 120 people participated, 22 of them from Linköping University. The alumni had a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new contacts, as well as get an update from their alma mater.
“They appreciated that LiU came to Singapore, asked questions about the university and were eager to see our latest information material. And of course, the opportunity to meet Christer Fuglesang was a main attraction”, says Margareta Alfredson, international marketing manager and alumni coordinator at LiU.
LiU hosts alumni events all over the world, but this was the first time in Singapore. The event was arranged within the Swedish Academic Collaboration Forum project, which aims to facilitate international research collaborations through seminars in a selected group of countries. Participating universities are Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, Stockholm University and Uppsala University.
“This spring there will be seminars in Indonesia and Brazil and we’re discussing opportunities to have similar alumni events in connection with these”, says Margareta Alfredson.