He is the University's Global Swede 2018

On 8 May, he will receive a diploma at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the presence of ambassadors from each represented country and representatives from the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant ministries and authorities.

“I am very happy and honoured. I feel very proud to represent the University of Borås in such a broad context”, he says.”

What does the award mean to you?

“It means a lot. It is recognition for the hard work I have done over the last two years, and it is also an opportunity to showcase the knowledge and skills I have acquired through the studies at the University of Borås.”

What does it mean to be a Global Swede?

"It is about taking responsibility and showing that you are performing. It is also an opportunity to strengthen the relationships and reduce cultural differences between Sweden and my home country, India.”

What does it mean to be a student at the University of Borås and in Sweden?

“It means that you have access to quality education. The University of Borås is one of the best in Sweden in the field of sustainable development, with its academic thoroughness, excellent teachers, students with different backgrounds, and significant collaborations with the industry. And, my time as a student in Sweden has given me career opportunities, I have gotten new perspectives, met new cultures, and I have gotten a chance to travel.”


“Abhijeet Rajendra Mane performs his master's studies in Resource Recovery, with specialisation in Energy Engineering at the Swedish Center for Resource Recovery, University of Borås. Abhijeet is a top student who has completed all courses with excellent results. He is active in social media, with a large network in India, where he is highlighting Sweden and Borås. In addition, he is a positive and committed student with outstanding social abilities. He supports his study mates and contributes to a nice climate in the class. In addition, he is active in the Erasmus Student Network that supports new students."

Former students appointed

Three previous students, who were appointed Global Swede from the University of Borås, are Ahsan Shafiq, in 2015, Tuser Biswas, in 2016, and Aida Hosseinian, in 2017. They describe what they are doing today and what the award has meant for them.

Ahsan Shafiq is currently a university lecturer at the Swedish School of Textiles.

 “After graduation in 2015, I received a position as a university lecturer in textile management at the Swedish School of Textiles. I previously had many years of experience from the textile industry and the academy. One reason why I received the award was that during my studies I also actively participated in academic developments at the Swedish School of Textiles. In 2015, I was teaching a knitting course for exchange students. I think the award is an acknowledgement of my academic and industrial experience in the fields of textiles and fashion.”

Tuser Biswas got a position as a research assistant at the University of Borås after the Master’s degree. After that he began the current PhD education at the Swedish School of Textiles.

“Currently, I do research on Inkjet printing technology to develop solutions for novel and resource efficient textile production techniques. The aim for our research team is to reduce the consumption of resources such as the amount of water, chemicals and energy in the coloration and finishing processes. This is not just about coloration, we also want to print functional materials on textile surfaces.”

“I received the Swedish Institute's scholarship to be able to conduct the master's studies, and after that the Global Swede award is the best recognition I have ever received. It inspired me to continue contributing to Swedish society, and it motivated me to work for future innovations and entrepreneurship. I also believe that it has inspired many students from my home country to pursue higher education in Sweden. The award is a recognition of my professional and social excellence, it means a lot for my family and my friends as well as myself.”

Aida Hosseinian, last year's Global Swede, already knew, before she finished her Master's degree in Resource Recovery, that she wanted to continue with doctoral studies.

“I wanted to continue in the field of environment and resource recovery, and I got a suitable PhD position at the University of Oulu in Finland. The title of my project is ‘Phosphorous Recovery in the Context of Circular Economy’. I still keep in touch with the University of Borås, especially with my supervisor from the master’s programme, Anita Pettersson. And, I'm glad to have her as the supervisor for my PhD studies. I will also complete the experimental part of my PhD studies at the University of Borås.”

“The Global Swede award was not only recognition for my hard work. It also boosted me to perform even better to achieve my goals.”

Global Swede

The Swedish Institute (SI), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD), invites Swedish universities to participate in the Global Swede ceremony every year. The arrangement is part of the Swedish Institute's work with alumni and to build important long-term relationships with international students in Sweden.

The ceremony Global Swede is being conducted for the eighth year. It will take place in Stockholm on Tuesday, 8 May, 2018, at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Text: Solveig Klug
Photo: Suss Wilén/Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs