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

We are delighted to introduce Mohaa Vyas, our new Senior Regional Manager India and TUM liaison officer in Mumbai. In her previous positions, she gained extensive experience in international higher education and developed significant knowledge in Partner Engagement, HR, and Marketing. Ms Vyas has access to a broad and active network in India, which will be of great advantage for TUM's activities in India. She will now work with TUM’s academic and institutional partners in India, as well as with the alumni network.

Mohaa Vyas
Mohaa Vyas is the new Senior Regional Manager India in TUM's liaison office in Mumbai. Photo: Private

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

Welcome to the TUM family, Mohaa! You are really very new in the team.
Thank you. Yes, I am excited to have joined the TUM family on September 1, 2020. Based in India’s commercial hub Mumbai as the Senior Regional Manager India at TUM’s liaison office, my role here will be to build, strengthen, and nurture TUM’s partnerships and collaborate with our alumni in India. 

Please, tell us a bit more about yourself.
I have had the opportunity to live in Italy, India, Hong Kong, and Australia and have loved moving countries, making new friends and discovering different cultures. I am very fond of trying out new cuisines and traveling. As a child, I was a dubbing artist and have dubbed commercials on television and radio. In the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to gain experience in international trade and development and higher education. 

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a major in Marketing and a Master’s degree in Business Management (MBA) with a major in People Management. After moving back from Australia, I started my profession with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Mumbai, in 2010. I then moved to the Australian Trade and Investment Commission where my interest grew in higher education, which led me to work at Macquarie University where I spent 2.5 years. After all these years, it feels great to be back in the German network and I look forward to contributing to the university and broadening my skills. 

What excites you most in this role? 
What excites me the most is the opportunity to work with such a dynamic group and various teams. I also find the prospect of increasing TUM’s visibility as a brand in India very exciting. With this role, I also get the chance to network and collaborate with prestigious institutes, industry and government agencies and, of course, with TUM alumni. I think the ability to be able to match, make, and see it through is thrilling. Given India’s diversity, scale, and appetite for internationalisation and TUM’s agenda, I am sure this will be an enriching experience. 

What do you see as the biggest challenge in your new role?
The biggest challenge at this point for me is to understand TUM’s extensive processes, departments, and research areas. There’s so much to learn and so little time and I feel like I must know it all very soon. Also keeping a tab on the developments and opportunities at both ends is a fair task but an interesting one. Though, it might be a challenge now as I’m new, I’m sure to overcome it with the support of my colleagues and my perseverance.

What motivates you most in your work?
I believe I am quite a self-motivated person but mostly I like achieving outcomes, succeeding and being able to make a difference. This is what keeps me going. I also like learning from people’s experiences and learning in general and I have to say, I learn something new every day.

What do you enjoy in your free time?
My most favourite daily ritual is coffee catch ups with friends and fitness routines in order to keep healthy. Since the scenario has changed, virtually doing these seem like the new norm now. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and absolutely love traveling the world – if I have more time on my hands. I cannot wait to travel to Munich and get to personally meet the team and the wider TUM family.

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