On Tuesday, February 5 in Singapore, the Danish Embassy held a networking night for Danish young professionals and students. 15 students and interns participated, mainly NUS. They had defied the rain and when they arrived at the ambassadors residence, rye, meatballs, “leverpostej”, champagne, beer and more were supplied.
They received a a warm welcome from the ambassador, Berit Basse, who talked about the embassy’s work in Singapore and the region. EU Visiting Fellow, Michael Matthiessen of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy talked about his work in Singapore for the EU. After that, priest Kristen and church assistent Rasmus from the Seaman’s Church told about the work of the church and its meaning for Danes in Singapore. They also said that the students were always welcome to come and cook in their kitchen. Consul, Rie Madsen told the participants about environment, safety precautions and gave travel advice. Finally Sara Grønberg-Jensen talked about being an intern at the embassy.
The students were grateful to have been invited, and everybody enjoyed the food in the fine surroundings.
It was exiting to hear their views and impressions of the education in Singapore, cultural differences between Denmark and Singapore. It was very interesting hearing about the impressions of newly arrived Danes. A lot of them seem to fit in well – many wants to travel during their stay and it seems they already have a busy schedule with intros, classes and other events.
The embassy will keep hosting these events to be visible to the students and to promote the work of the embassy
Danish text and photos by the Danish Embassy