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Innovation in focus as Hong Kong graduates and student visit Sweden

27 July 2023

While in Stockholm, delegates learned about cutting-edge water treatment solutions, metro rail projects, student life, and city history.

Innovation in focus as Hong Kong graduates and student visit Sweden
The delegation included one undergraduate student who’d been awarded a Student Prize.

Hong Kong delegates visited Stockholm, Sweden to learn how the country develops high-end technology in environment, energy and transportation while maintaining growth in traditional industries.

Twenty members of the ICE Hong Kong Association Graduates and Students division (HKA G&S) formed the Nordic Delegation 2023.

The trip was held from 30 May to 7 June and included the visit to Stockholm, and then Helsinki, Finland.

Innovations in water treatment

The tour began with a visit to the cutting-edge facility in Sjöstadsverket Water Innovation Centre (SWIC).

Participants were impressed by the initiatives being developed for a sustainable future.

They learned about the latest water treatment solutions from Dr Isaac Owusu-Agyeman from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), who’s responsible for SWIC, and Mayumi Narongin Fujikawa, water and environmental technical specialist.

Afterwards, Katrina Bramberga and Yuqi Zheng, KTH student representatives, toured the group around campus and shared their experience at the university.

Delegates got exposed to the local culture and learning environment in Stockholm.

SWIC Site visit
The Sjöstadsverket Water Innovation Centre (SWIC) site visit.

Sustainable travel

On the second day, the group met with Stefan Persson, deputy head of administration, and Tabita Gröndal, senior sustainability strategist from Region Stockholm.

They shared valuable insights on sustainability targets and project management for new metro projects in Stockholm.

Delegates then visited the MTR Nordic Norsborg metro depot.

Engin Karaka, depot manager of MTR Nordic, explained the safety measures in place and the importance of regular train maintenance and inspections.

site visit MTR Nordic
The MTR Nordic Norsborg metro site visit

Diving into history

On the third day, the group learned about the historical background, water discharge challenges, geology and the main bridge design of the New Slussen project, one of Sweden's largest urban transformation projects.

The tour was led by Gustav Jarlöv and Jack Johnson, landscape architects at White Arkitekter, and Dan Svensson, head of department at ELU Konsult.

Delegates also had the chance to visit Stockholm City Hall, the Royal Palace, and the National Nordic Museum.

Stockholm city hall visit
The Stockholm City Hall cultural visit

For more highlights from the visit, read the delegates' study report.

  • Ashley C W Cheng, chair at ICE HKA G&S