As an international alumni you have experienced first-hand what it is like to be part of a global classroom, with all the benefits that brings. While you were studying it offered different perspectives, but as an alumni, you are now part of an international network which spans the globe.

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How Malmö University handles and uses personal data

Malmö University has been working with alumni relations since 2012. The goal of the Alumni & Friends coordinators is to create and develop sustainable relationships between the University and our alumni. We offer the opportunity to engage in various activities so that Malmö University can continue to attract talented students and researchers, and to create an international network of like-minded individuals.

The University works to maintain contact with all alumni whose contact information we have. The purpose of this is to keep you informed about what is happening at Malmö University and how we can contribute to your continued development and success. We also want to keep in touch with you in order to improve our educational programmes and research, and to strengthen our brand nationally and internationally. As a university and government organization, it is our duty to inform about our business. The legal basis for processing personal data is that processing is necessary in order to protect interests that are of fundamental to you who choose to register in our network and/or newsletter. 

Malmö University protects your personal integrity in accordance with PUL and the GDPR from May 2018. The following statement describes how Alumni & Friends collects information about you and how the information is processed for our activities.

Collection and storage of personal data

We receive information about you and your education from Malmö University via Ladok. Some information we have about you may also come from membership in our Alumni network. We may also have received information about you if you have participated in any of our events or if you have been a member of an alumni association. Your data is stored for an indefinite period in support of Alumni & Friends' activities.

The personal data that is stored comprises:

  • details of your education such as courses you have completed, study duration, degree and the degree year (we not store details concerning grades);
  • personal data such as your full name and personal identification number;
  • your contact details (address, email, phone number);
  • information on whether you are involved in Malmö University in any way, for instance through membership in our alumni network, as part of a student association, as a mentor, donor, or volunteer, etc;
  • your preferences regarding communication, to help us provide you with tailored and relevant information;
  • information on whether you have participated in any of our event;
  • information on whether you have participated in any of our surveys.

Processing of personal data

Your data is used for a number of purposes in support of alumni activities. These include:

  • our digital newsletter;
  • surveys;
  • invitations to events;
  • news about Malmö University;
  • news about opportunities for engagement; and
  • internal work for administrative purposes, such as administering an event you participated in or registered for, and handling any feedback or complaints.

There is no statutory or contractual requirement for you to provide us with your personal information and what kind of communication you want from us is entirely up to you. If you have questions about any of the purposes stated above or how we communicate with you, please contact us at alumni@mau.se.

In accordance with the GDPR, Malmö University upholds your "right to be forgotten". Upon your request, we will stop processing your personal data. Please contact us for more information.

Alumni & Friends only shares your data with other departments at Malmö University under unique circumstances; usually, this applies to evaluation of education programmes and courses.

Your rights

You are entitled to:

  • ask us about access to, correction of, or deletion of your data;
  • restrict processing (pending correction or deletion);
  • control what communication / marketing you want to receive; and
  • be forgotten.

How we protect your data

  • We ensure that we have appropriate data security agreements with our system suppliers.
  • We do not sell personal data to third parties.

Our data protection officer is responsible for monitoring compliance with relevant legislation in connection with the protection of personal data and can be contacted at dataskyddsombud@mau.se

Alumni interviews

Read a selection of interviews with alumni who have found work directly related to the programme they studied. We asked them four quick questions about their time at Malmö University and what they are up to now. 

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Q1. Did you feel like you were in a diverse classroom?

I certainly did! I was an Erasmus exchange student and, as such, naturally part of a very diverse group with students coming from all around the world. I took Peace and Conflict studies and my fellow classmates were from Europe, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.

Q2. How did that benefit your studies?

We all benefitted enormously from the different perspectives that everybody brought to the table, especially in matters as delicate as conflict and peace. You need to engage with and learn from the experiences of others. By taking into account different views and reasoning, you will gain a richer understanding of the world around you.

Q3. Are you still in contact with classmates from around the world?

I am and it makes me so happy and grateful for the time I got to spend at Malmö University. I used to live in a flat with nine roommates – from Japan, Australia, Germany, Spain and Sweden to Slovenia. We grew into this little family and even if contact is now sporadic, we are all still truly excited to hear from each other. And I've even managed to meet some of my friends in places that I never thought I would see them in, from Boston to Kyoto. 

Q4. How has this benefitted you in your work?

We used English as the main language to communicate. Being compelled to speak a foreign language day-in and day-out gave me great confidence in my skills. Originally from Germany, I now live in the United States working for a global PR firm. Being multi-lingual is a great asset. I also learned how to engage with and work with people from different backgrounds, how to be open to different points of view. At the same time, I can contribute my perspective for others to learn from. Diversity fuels creativity. It is key for success and will only grow more important in the future.

 

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Q1. So then, what are you up to now?

I live in Brussels where I work as policy advisor for DIGITALEUROPE, an organisation representing the digital sector to the European Union. My employer is an association managed and funded by the tech industry, in total over 60 companies such as Google, Samsung, Nokia and Airbus. I inform their teams about legislation coming from the European institutions and we define a common position to propose advice – not always easy between European, US, Japanese, Korean and Chinese companies! I work on very diverse issues, ranging from accessibility of digital services and hardware to how data is being exchanged between companies and governments.


Q2. How did your studies at Malmö University help you?

My course was in English, which was a first for me in my whole education. This helped me a lot to learn to work exclusively in English, which proved very useful as my daily tasks are mostly carried out in that language. We studied and lived in a multicultural environment and that gave me a taste for meeting and exchanging with people from other cultures. At my current job, we come from 13 different nationalities, so it is important to be used to working with many different backgrounds. In a normal day at the office, I can hear Polish, French, Swedish, Lithuanian and many other languages!


Q3. Why would you recommend Malmö University?

Malmö University is relatively young institution, which makes it more approachable and flexible in its relationship with students. Within the Global Political Studies department, I had very nice teachers who were striving to support their students. Another perk is also the Orkanen library, with its view on the sea, which makes working much more enjoyable! Besides the university in itself, the city is great – I very much enjoyed its position as bridge between Sweden and Denmark, with Copenhagen on one side and the rest of the Skåne region on the other side.


Q4. Staying in touch with any of your old classmates?

Yes! I made a few Swedish ‘kompisar’, but also many Erasmus and international friends which now live all over Europe and the world, from Turkey to Australia. I plan to visit some of them in the coming years to discover countries and cities I have not been to, and I was in Sweden again this summer.

English Studies — Four quick questions with Kadi Levo Bosnjak

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Q1. So then, what are you up to now?

I live in Malmö and work in Lund and Barsebäck as a teacher. I’m a primary school English teacher but also teach mother tongue classes (Estonian and Finnish) twice a week. I also started a Swedish course at Malmö University last autumn, so I’m keeping myself busy with both work and university at the moment.

Q2. How did your studies at Malmö University help you?

Doing my BA degree in English Studies was really a great gateway to many fun jobs in English before I ended up back in Malmö a few years ago. I worked at one of the Smithsonian museums in Washington DC for a year and then in Italy as an English teacher for six months. It was fun to realise how many different fields and opportunities there were for me and all that thanks to the English Studies programme.

Q3. Why would you recommend Malmö University?

Malmö University perfectly reflects the multinational and multicultural world we live in today and has a suitable programme for everyone interested in being part of it. It also has some great exchange programmes that I took part of and would definitely recommend. The University is located in the centre of a bustling city and has plenty of events going on for both current students as well as alumni.

Q4. Staying in touch with any of your old classmates?

Yes, definitely! I made some very dear friends during those three years and we have all stayed in touch in one way or another. I meet up quite regularly with the few friends that still live in Malmö. Those that relocated back to their countries I’ve met up with a few times abroad or they have visited me here. Three of them even traveled all the way to my wedding party in Croatia last year, so I can definitely say I made friends for life.

Media Production Management — Four quick questions with Fanny Ericsson

Q1. So then, what are you up to now?

I work as a project and business manager at Media Evolution, a community platform that promotes innovation and growth among digital industries in southern Sweden. Our main goal is to help companies with digitalisation, collaboration and knowledge building. Among other things, my job consists of creating concepts and activities to help our members generate content for both national and international projects.

Q2. How did your studies at Malmö University help you?

I studied media production management. The main thing I brought with me from my education into my career is foundational knowledge within several areas of media. This broad knowledge means that I understand the basics of everything from process planning to print, design and web, and that I have a head start when it comes to further developing my skills.

Q3. Do you keep in touch with anyone from Malmö University?

Actually, I have a lot of contact with Malmö University students through my work. We have had quite a few student interns from Malmö University who have worked both with us and with our members — around 15 in the last five years. The interns contribute with creativity and new ways of thinking. For instance, those from creative programmes have helped us a lot with design, while those studying communication and visual communication help us discover new ways of working with, for example, social media. It’s also a great experience for the students. They get to learn about the industry, time management and how to prioritise when working in a fast-paced environment like Media Evolution.

 Q4. Would you recommend employing interns to other alumni?

Yes, absolutely! It’s wonderful — you learn so much about yourself and your organisation while also getting the opportunity to teach someone else. All students should do an internship during their study programme — it helps them understand their future professional role.

Leadership for Sustainability — Four quick questions with Samantha Seljak

Q1. So then, what are you up to now?

I'm living in Malmö and working as a Project Manager at Apsis, a leading Scandinavian digital marketing firm, while also running my business, Seljak Brand. I wear a few different hats and I'm always busy! Seljak Brand is a company I founded back in Australia with my sister, Karina. We use waste as a resource and our first product is a recycled merino wool blanket that is made out of factory floor offcuts. 

Q2. How did your studies at Malmö University help you?

Studying a master's in Leadership for Sustainability has enabled me to continue to focus on Seljak Brand — very much a sustainability-focussed business — while nurturing skills for the long term success of the company. It also helped me establish a network in Malmö, so when I was looking for work after my studies, I had a wonderful bunch of people around me as part of my professional community. 

Q3. Why would you recommend Malmö University?

Malmö University takes a contemporary approach to learning and as such, the courses are focussed on the future. The University is agile and able to respond to today's ever-changing world. Also, the programme was an international group so alongside a range of perspectives and cultural understandings, I now have friends from all over the world! 

Q4. Staying in touch with any of your old classmates?

Absolutely! I caught up with a couple of them for fika today and have stayed in touch with others, from Brazil to Mongolia. My old classmates are both friends and also part of my professional network. I imagine we'll be in touch in some way or another for years to come. 

Interaction Design — Four quick questions with Dariela Escobar

Q1. So then, what are you up to now?

I am living in Skellefteå, a small city in the north of Sweden,  and working as a UX designer at North Kingdom, an experience design agency. I work in a multidisciplinary team, where we support each other throughout the development of digital projects — from the original concept to deployment. My main tasks include doing user research, wireframing, prototyping, user testing and product testing. I have worked both with clients, such as Lego, and with one of our own North Kingdom projects, where we have developed an app called Once Upon.

Q2. How did your studies at Malmö University help you?

The collaborations with real clients, as well as being involved in a complete design process with other students from different backgrounds, skills and nationalities were an amazing experience that helped me build a good portfolio. Also, the Interaction Design programme has a very good reputation. This, combined with great networking opportunities, helped me find a great job after my studies.

Q3. Why would you recommend Malmö University?

The city is amazing, there are so many activities going on, interesting places to hang out and great people. I had really good courses and the teachers were very approachable and willing to help. I also had a lot of great opportunities during my studies, like going to conferences in Indonesia and Germany. The general environment at the University is very friendly.

Q4. Staying in touch with any of your old classmates?

Definitely! I am in regular contact with several of them, even if we don’t live in the same city anymore. On top of that, it was actually through the tip of another student that I found my current job. I made really good friends during my time as a student; we continue to meet in different cities and I hope that they will be my friends for life!