For Grace Ma, receiving the Global Swede Award 2020 is recognition for her hard work during the years of studying at the School of Engineering.
“Even when I got positive feedback from my teachers and classmates, I still had self doubt. But the Global Swede Award has given me the confidence to move forward.”
The purpose of the Global Swede Award is, according to the Swedish Institute, to create cross-border and multicultural networks that will contribute to Swedish trade and promote the work on reaching future solutions.
Winning the Global Swede Award not only means a lot for Grace’s personal career and development, but will also encourages her to be an intermediary between her home country, China, and Sweden.
“I love the idea behind the award and look forward to genuinely achieving this in my life,” she says.
"Deeply influenced by the Swedish culture"
Grace Ma tries to be a good ambassador of both Sweden and China by being the best version of herself.
“I´m deeply influenced by the Swedish culture and I guess when people see me, they see how two different cultures can integrate in a harmonious way.”
To market yourself as an international student in a foreign country requires being innovative and entrepreneurial, she explains.
“I joined several student organizations during the years, and last year I started working at a tech startup to build a Chinese language mobile app for westerners. There is still a lot of work to do on the app, but I ‘ve made a good start.”
Although the Global Swede ceremony was held digitally, Grace Ma thought it was still inspiring and felt quite nervous beforehand.
“I started to realize the deeper meaning of the award and how much trust my teachers have put in me. It was a great pleasure to listen to the Minister, Anna Hallberg talk and I was very moved by her words describing what the global swede spirit is.”