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TUM Mumbai: A new colleague for the liaison office in India

We met with Mohaa Vyas virtually to get to know her a little better and to find out more about her plans for the TUM liaison office in Mumbai.

Welcome to the TUM family, Ms. Vyas! You are really fresh in our team.
Many Thanks. Yes, I am really happy to have been part of the TUM family since September 1st, 2020. As Senior Regional Manager India in the TUM Liaison Office, which is based in the Indian economic center of Mumbai, I will take care of establishing, expanding, strengthening and maintaining the Indian partnerships of TUM and in close communication with our alumni in India to stand.

Please tell us a little more about yourself.
I was fortunate enough to have lived in Italy, India, Hong Kong and Australia for some time. I've always loved living in different countries, making new friends and discovering other cultures. I always enjoy traveling and trying out culinary specialties from different countries. As a kid, I was a voice actor and dubbed TV and radio commercials. In the course of my later career I gained experience in international trade, international cooperation and international higher education.

I have a bachelor's degree in business with a major in marketing and a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a major in people management. After my return from Australia, I started working for the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in Mumbai in 2010. I then moved to the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. It was there that my interest in higher education grew, which grew even more during my two and a half years at Macquarie University. After all these years it feels great to be back in the German network, and I look forward to being able to make a contribution to TUM and expand my skills in the process.

What do you find most appealing about this job?
What excites me most is the opportunity to work with such a dynamic group and with different teams. I also find the task of increasing the visibility of TUM as a brand in India very exciting. In this role, I can also promote networking with renowned institutes, industry and government agencies and, of course, with the TUM alumni. I find it particularly exciting to work with so many different stakeholders. Given the diversity, size and appetite of India for internationalization on the one hand and the TUM agenda on the other, I am sure that this will be an enriching experience.

What do you see as the greatest challenge in your new role?
The biggest challenge at this point for me is to get to know and understand the numerous processes, departments and research areas at TUM. There is so much to learn and so little time, and I feel like I should know everything very soon. Keeping an eye on developments and opportunities on both sides is a demanding but interesting task. But thanks to the support of my colleagues, I will certainly get used to it quickly.

What motivates you most in your work?
I think I'm a pretty self-motivated person. I like to achieve results, to be successful and to be able to make a difference. That's what drives me. In general, I enjoy learning in itself and I also enjoy learning from others. And I have to say, I really learn something new every day.

What do you like to do in your free time?
My favorite daily ritual is to have coffee with friends and exercise to stay healthy. Since circumstances have changed, it now seems the new norm to do all of this virtually. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and, as I said, I love traveling the world a lot - when I have more time to spare. I can't wait to travel to Munich to get to know the team and the entire TUM family personally.

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