You are important to us also after you have completed your studies. As a matter of fact, we encourage you to stay in touch with us once you have become an alumnus/alumna through The Alumni Network; a network that is a social as well as a professional asset.
Your experiences from your study time and working life are invaluable to both current students and to members of staff at the university. Some alumni return as guest lecturers or mentors to our current students. Others welcome students on study visits or to do project work. Your feedback is also valuable in the further development of your programme and courses.
The Alumni Network is for you who:
- want to have a wide circle of contacts in professional life from the start
- want to stay in touch with your fellow course mates
- want to know how Linnaeus University keeps developing
- want to take part of information on available jobs and other unique offers
Why is it called alumnus/alumna?
The word comes from the Latin “alumnus” (masculine) or “alumna” (feminine) which means apprentice or protégé. The origin of the word is the Latin “alere” which means to raise, foster or nurture. There is evidence that the word has been used in the Swedish language since 1835. Nowadays, alumnus/alumna is a widely used concept for former students.
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Career counselling for alumni
If you are a former student from Linnaeus University you are welcome to receive guidance and planning even during your current career. As an alumni, you can get the same career guidance offered to students. Our career counsellors offers personal guidance, webinars and workshops. For example, you can get help with training for upcoming interview situations, career planning and feedback on your CV and cover letter.
University Library for alumni
As an alumni from Linnaeus University you are welcome to the University Library.
You can borrow books, read printed newspapers and magazines and use study environments. If you visit the library you also have access to databases via some of the computers.
You can get help with your information search in the library's information. https://lnu.se/en/library/
Alumni groups on LinkedIn
Alumni groups on Facebook
Alumni networks around the world
What is an alumnus?
Our alumni Alex's advice: hold the vision and trust the process
Alex Matrsson pursued his interest in International Business by joining the School of Business and Economics at Linnaeus University. Today he is the founder of The Matrsson Organization in Kalmar, Sweden.
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What did you study at Linnaeus University?
My journey with Linnaeus University started years ago when I first read the big sign “människor växer här'' in Kalmar Harbour. That was during my studies at Linnaeus University Summer Academy. In that summer, I encountered a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary learning environment. While simultaneously enjoying one of the most scintillating summer cities in the country. After that experience, I decided to join Linnaeus School of Business and Economics to specialize in International Sales and Marketing, and further, attain a master’s degree in International Business Strategy— as preparation for a lifelong career as a scientist in Academia and as a practitioner in the international business world.
What do you work with today?
I am the founder of The Matrsson Organization. The company operates internationally within various industries; my primary role in the company is to strategically steer the overall business operations. In addition, I do personally provide business consultancy, seminars, and workshops to business owners and senior executives worldwide.
How did you establish your career after your studies at Linnaeus University?
During my International Sales and Market program, I had the chance to collaborate with the senior management of multinational companies such as Volvo Group, Electrolux, Konecranes...etc. And by the time I was in my second year, I had already started my own company. I was running international business operations within three different industries. The business school facilitated the way for me to establish extensive professional networks that include both local and international relationships.
How was your life at Linnaeus University?
Living in Kalmar City is a unique experience. Kalmar is history, art, and culture. It’s a peaceful calm place, yet it is full of life. Most days, when I am done working. I go out for a coffee in the city. After that, I spend time on my hobbies, “BBC World Service, Classical music, Jazz, Cooking and Blue Whales...I am fascinated by Blue Whales.”
What is it like to study at Linnaeus University?
Studying at Linnaeus University is like parachuting into a land of inspiration, creativity, and opportunities. Linnaeus School of Business and Economics educates people with a focus on their future rather than the next assignment. Being a part of Linnaeus University means having access to beautiful minds, researchers who just have a lot to give. They are my role models, and they passed to me their love and passion for creating and disseminating knowledge. I have been heavily inspired by their work on Entrepreneurship, International Business, Emerging Markets, Sales, and Marketing. Having access to such an encouraging environment paved the way for me to achieve a high level of personal and professional growth.
What happened after you got your degree?
I immediately got involved in a research-based master’s program with a specialization in International Business Strategy. I have a huge interest in "teaching" and "doing research" within the area of international business and marketing. I am planning to join the knowledge platform “Global Mind – Business competitiveness in changing landscapes.” which is part of the School of Business and Economics at Linnaeus University.
What do you bring with you from your studies at Linnaeus University?
Linnaeus business school could be seen as a golden springboard that has the potential to boost your growth within an intercultural environment. It will equip you with the required knowledge, skill sets, and dynamic capabilities that enable you to provide immense value at all “strategic, tactical, and operational levels” to the international business world. I did obtain specialized knowledge and a deep-seated sense of understanding concerning International Business, Relationship Marketing, and Industrial Sales. All that in the light of Globalization, Digitalization, and Sustainable Development.
What is your relation with Linnaeus University today?
My journey with Linnaeus University started with a summer course, and then it becomes a responsibility. Today, Academia, Linnaeus University, and Kalmar City are part of my identity.
Can you give any career tips?
Stay faithful to your tasks and always aim to deliver superior value “following a consistent and systematic approach". Avoid the competitive mindset “competition kills creativity” it is always better to differentiate yourself using entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition, learn how to communicate effectively, create networks and build relationships. However, with knowledge comes “enormous responsibility” so make sure to use your authority, influence, and persuasion skills ethically and wisely.
Finally, hold the vision and trust the process.
Current for alumni
Madif-13 - All day
CICE Conference 2021 Conference - All day
Teachers Matter – but How? An international conference on didactics, pedagogy, and classroom research Conference - All day
The Grand Opening of the new University area - Universitetskajen
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All alumni stories
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Former alumni activities
Sweden Alumni Network China (SANC) arranged alumni events during the World Cup in Russia
During the World Cup in Russia this summer the SANC (Sweden Alumni Network China) arranged events during all of Sweden's games. They arranged activities related to all of the games spread over a number of cities e.g. Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Alumni from all Swedish universities join the events among them many alumni from Linnaeus University.
Some of the events standing out were during the Sweden Switzerland were both two counties embassies invited alumni's to watch the game together in Switzerland's embassy. Also in Shanghai got to be something of a tradition where 30-40 alumni meet to watch every game together at the same bar. This in hope that the good performance by the Swedish team would not be jinxed as long as they meet there.
On December 1, 60 of Växjö's first students on campus met for an alumni anniversary, when Professor Peter Aronsson was inaugurated as vice-chancellor.
In 1967, the university branch of Lund opened in Växjö with about 200 students and it was the starting point for higher education in the region. The alumni who participated in the jubilee were pioneers and contributed to what Linnaeus University with its 32,000 students are today.
– Many of the alumni talked about the advantage of being able to start studying at home and not having to move, and that they then stayed and worked in the region. They still have a lot of memories of their student time, says alumni coordinator Kristina Julin Nyquist. The university are now looking forward to see what the next 50 years brings.
Kevin Dalli, from Canada and Malta, Head of R&D AvBIT Labs. Annie Wang, from China, Audit Associate at PwC.
Alumni and career inspiration day for international academics
Alumnus from different countries, backgrounds and branches, who have successfully started their career paths in Sweden shared their experiences with present student for career inspiration.
Thank you all for coming to the Career Inspiration Day for International Academics. We hope that you liked the event and improved your networking skills. We are very glad that many of you showed a great interest for Career Inspiration Day. We are looking forward to seeing you in our upcoming events.
Empowering young business and professional women - SI Alumni in Belarus
What were the main activity(s) during your local SI Alumni Event?
On the 14th of December SI Alumni Belarus and women from governmental, educational and private institutions from Sweden and Belarus gathered together for an interactive event dedicated to empowering women to develop and achieve full professional, business and leadership potential by contributing expertise and taking the opportunity to learn from each other. Ambassador Martin Åberg has welcomed the participants with inspirational words and wishes for success in their career development and educational path.