Skip to content
printicon
Main menu hidden.
Published: 28 May, 2021

Public Health student is Umeå University’s Global Swede 2021

NEWS Sergio Flores, Master’s degree student in Public Health with a specialization in Health Economics, has been appointed Umeå University's Global Swede 2021. On Friday, 28 May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Swedish Institute, organised a digital award ceremony. Sergio received a diploma before the ceremony, on Campus, from Deputy Vice-Chancellor Heidi Hansson.

Text: Jessica Bergström Grahn

It’s the Swedish Institute which, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the eleventh consecutive year, invites Swedish Universities to nominate a student from a country outside the EU/EES to Global Swede. The award is given to active, committed and enthusiastic students who are excellent in areas closely related to innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and have shown that they are great representatives of their own country as well as Sweden.

I feel deeply honoured and grateful for representing Umeå University, a place that has given me so much these past couple of years.

Sergio Flores is from Honduras and is a final term Public Health student, specialising in Health Economics.

- I feel deeply honoured and grateful for representing Umeå University, a place that has given me so much these past couple of years, says Sergio Flores.

The post-pandemic world will bring along many transformations and required "updates" in public policy, business, and academia. In order for these transformations to occur and improve people's lives, evidence-based capabilities and innovative leadership are indispensable, especially in resource-constrained settings. I feel very happy and encouraged that through these acknowledgments, both Umeå University and the Swedish Government through the Swedish Institute are incentivizing and supporting these kinds of academic-driven leaderships all over the world, says Sergio. 

Sergio Flores is a much appreciated and dedicated student.

Global Swede is part of the process of building long-term relationships with international students in Sweden.

- Sergio Flores is a much appreciated and dedicated student. He has engaged in the development of his programme, mentored new students and often comes up with ideas for improvement. We are proud to have Sergio as an ambassador for Umeå University and Sweden, says Heidi Hansson, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Umeå University.

Anna Hallberg, Minister of Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs, and Madeleine Sjöstedt, Director General of the Swedish Institute, participated in the online ceremony and greeted Sergio and other excellent international students. Representatives from over 20 Swedish universities attended.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

For questions 

Please contact Ingrid Svensson, Director International Office, 
or Sergio Flores, +46 (0)769318063.