NFGL students win Global Swede Award

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NFGL students win Global Swede Award

Seven NFGL members have been selected for the Global Swede Award, which was awarded on May 12th. The students have distinguished themselves in various ways during their stay in Sweden and will act as ambassadors in the future.


The Global Swede Award honours students who have studied at higher education institutions in Sweden and who have distinguished themselves in areas related to innovation and entrepreneurship.

"Global Swede is a way for us to express our appreciation of tomorrow's innovators and entrepreneurs and to encourage a continued relationship with Sweden," Enterprise Minister Mikael Damberg said in a statement addressed to the Global Swede students. "We live in a world of increasing exchanges between people across national borders. This also means we face global challenges that – more than ever before – we must tackle together."
The hope and idea behind the Global Swede concept is that in the future, the students will be good ambassadors and promote a positive image of Sweden, also acting as important contacts for Swedish businesses around the world.

Viorica Doros
The University of Gothenburg

Currently studying her last semester at the University of Gothenburg International Administration and Global Governance, Viorica Doros has proven herself to be an extraordinarily creative and engaged student. Constantly moving forward and taking initiative, she finds diff rent ways to build partnerships, implement joint projects and encourage active experience-sharing, especially in the field of gender equality. Her capacity for hard work and ability to analyse complex societal phenomenon is impressive. With her enthusiasm and commitment, Viorica is a great inspiration and an excellent ambassador for our university and Sweden.

Dariy Antonyuk
Stockholm School of Economics

Dariy Antonyuk, an excellent student from Ukraine is enrolled in the MSc in Finance at Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). He is a very energetic and engaging student with a passion for integrating the quantitative knowledge from the Finance programme into the areas of social development. Dariy is diplomatic and insightful and has been a great ambassador for SSE and education in Sweden. His recent projects are focused on optimising fundraising strategies and increasing the financial capacity of NGOs helping underprivileged citizens.

Cristina Cecilia Hidalgo Valdez
Jönköping University

Cristina Cecilia Hidalgo Valdez is enrolled in the Master's programme of IT, Management and Innovation at Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping University. She has concluded all her courses with very good results and takes an active part in in the development of her master's programme, acting as programme evaluator and representing the student body in the faculty group. What signifies Cristina is a combination of intellectual capacity, entrepreneurial mindset, and outstanding social abilities, including inter-cultural competences. Jönköping University is proud to nominate Cristina as Global Swede 2015.

Jafar Qutteineh
Halmstad University

As a student at the Master programme in Embedded and Intelligent Systems at Halmstad University, Jafar Qutteineh has performed very well. By being a student representative in diff erent boards at the university, he has taken an active part in the development of the programme and the study environment. Jafar actively participates in classroom discussions and always stands out to help his fellow students. He has been awarded a scholarship from the Swedish Institute and right now he is doing excellent work on his thesis at SICS/ICT in Kista, Stockholm.

Maxim Vlaslov
University of Agricultural Sciences

Maxim Vlaslov is studying the Master´s programme Environmental Economics and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, (SLU). His outstanding academic performance in management as well as his engagement in the local community illustrates compassion, engagement and creative capacity. His ongoing thesis project is a commission from a municipality in the field of community-based social marketing, aimed at the sustainable use of resources. Maxim Vlaslov is an excellent ambassador for SLU.

Tsun-Kang ”Trent” Chiang
Uppsala University

Tsun-Kang ”Trent” Chiang is an excellent economics student passionate about the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. By his involvement in advocating greater access to aff ordable medicines in low-and-middle-income countries through Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, including the start-up of a chapter at Uppsala University (and Karolinska Institutet), he has demonstrated ambitions that concur with the university’s articulated goal to contribute to a better world. With a permanent US residence permit and a highly valued experience from Sweden, Tsun-Kang ”Trent” is not only Taiwanese but also a global citizen. He is a great ambassador for Uppsala University and Sweden.

Abhishek Neupane
KTH – Royal Institute of Technology

Abhishek Neupane is enrolled in the Master programme “Industrial Management” at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Based on his personality, engagement in our education and good academic results, Abhishek is as an excellent Global Swede. Abhishek is a strong force in study groups consisting of both Swedish and international students. He has shown a very good ability to interact with, and inspire first year master students – from welcoming activities to teaching assistant assignments. Abhishek has also made an excellent and enthusiastic contribution to the extensive work carried out by the master's programme student board, including arrangement of student, industry, and alumni events.

Read interviews with past Global Swede winners here. 


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