A day in the life of Vivian Chow an In-Country Representative for Acumen partner – University of Dundee

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Hello, this is Vivian and I’m based out of the Acumen Office in Kuala Lumpur.

I represent the University of Dundee in Scotland. I’m grateful that I’ve been given this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself.

Just a little fun fact about me to start off with. The pandemic has totally changed my lifestyle. I’ve never been much of an outdoor person. But all of that changed when the pandemic hit. The long hours of being stuck at home during the lockdown, left me feeling really restless at that point of time, especially with strict lockdown restrictions in place. 

Although exercising was one of the reasons that people were allowed to leave their house in my country. I was so desperate to get out of the house, so I decided to pick up outdoor cycling. Fast forward to one year later, I’m glad that I took that first step and I’m now totally transformed into someone who really likes outdoor activities. When things started to open up here, I picked up another outdoor activity: hiking . Hiking has now become one of my favourite things to do at the weekend.

I never imagined myself doing that in the past. That’s me with my personal achievement.

I’m sure some of my colleagues here in Sannam S4 Group might be curious about what’s happening in this part of the world post pandemic. Malaysia has now moved to the endemic phase of living with COVID. More and more countries within Southeast Asia have also gradually moved on to the endemic phase, which is really exciting news for the industry.

I along with my other supportive colleagues from Dundee are all eager to start travelling again. We are so glad that plans are in place for our academics and colleagues from the international office to travel to Indonesia and Singapore next month to support recruitment activities.

Given the support that I’ve received from the DEA and the tremendous effort that we put into developing the market, Southeast Asia will continue to be one of the priority marketplaces. We’ve seen the importance of having a local presence which greatly helps the university in achieving its objectives in the region.

I hope that you enjoyed my story, and I’m looking forward to meeting as many colleagues as I can in the near future.