From April 18 until April 21, 2016 I participated in the University of Jönköping’s (JU) International Week 2016, a conference entitled “Building Tomorrow Today – Internationalisation in a Global World”.
The conference started with the registration of all participants, followed by an informal networking event in Jönköping’s brand-new sky bar. In a relaxed setting with Swedish tapas we had the chance to get to know fellow participants as well as JU’s International Office team.
At 10 am on the second day the local drum corps officially opened the International Week with an impressive performance. After a short introduction to “Living like a Swede” including the traditional “fika” (Swedish coffee break), Kairos Future, an international consulting and research company presented the results of their study “The Future Student”. In the afternoon we attended a seminar entitled “Challenges for Higher Education” and, after yet another fika, took a guided bus tour that ended with a reception at the city hall.
Jönköping School of Education
On the next day we were introduced to each of JU’s four schools as well as the Science Park (a place where start-ups receive free assistance and counselling). Afterwards we experienced JU’s international environment at the International Day 2016. There we had the opportunity to talk to current exchange students and try typical dishes from their home countries. We then completed the training program in our respective fields of work and spoke with the managers of our partner schools. In the evening we attended a lovely gala dinner at the historic Elite Stora Hotellet.
The library The conservatory
The last conference day was reserved for an interesting seminar on “Transnational Mobility Activities“. After the official closing of the International Week 2016, the JU team invited all participants to a post conference activity. This activity consisted of a visit to a neighboring town called Gränna as well as the historical island of Visingsö.
It was a successful conference with numerous interesting events in a beautiful town. The whole team as well as several of Jönköping’s politicians welcomed us warmly and were available to us throughout the conference. I can highly recommend a stay at JU as the university offers not only excellent education, but also friendly, bright buildings and modern facilities in an international environment.