Hello HWUMANS! My name is Asil. Thousands of kilometers away, in a tiny little island, called Mauritius is where I spent 19 years. The rest of the one year? In the beloved care of heartwarming Malaysian community.
I am a BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science student, currently in my 2nd year. I am acting as the Accommodation officer for HWUMSA, and the Club President of HWUMFC (Heriot Watt University Malaysia Football Club) for this academic year, 2020-2021.
I describe myself as a positive person, you will always see me smiling. I am a hard-worker and I am the type of person who will persevere to the end to get my desired results.
I was responsible for the development of the Accommodation hub in the HWUMSA website where you can directly deal with landlords all around Cyberjaya and Putrajaya.
As your Vice-President Wellbeing, I would:
Be the voice of all students, as students’ free expression should prevail at every level of management.
Strive for inclusiveness for all students around the world, ensuring that student’s wellbeing is sine qua non.
Welcome collaborations with all Heriot-Watt campuses (Edinburgh and Dubai) in order to create a global virtual campus.
What motivated me to nominate myself?
The main driving factor for nominating myself for Vice President Wellbeing is the peculiar situation that Covid-19 has brought upon us. I believe that with my tenacity, quick-thinking and welcoming personality, I will be able to bring forward a better and inclusive student life experience. My experience during the last year has equipped me with critical thinking and shaped me to become a competent leader through learning from excellent personalities.
Other factors include the continuation of the good work of the previous VP Wellbeing, the direct involvement with International Students (and I believe being one myself will be able to comprehend their situations, and help them better). In addition, I have confidence that I can develop the Wellbeing department in a more active one.
My top three priorities
Be the voice of all students, as students’ free expression should prevail at every level of management. As its main responsibility of the Wellbeing department, we cannot shy away from this duty. Students demand to be heard, and I will make sure that their voice are properly channeled to the concerning bodies.
Strive for inclusiveness for all students around the world, ensuring that student’s wellbeing is sine qua non. There are some students who cannot deal with the change to online learning. I will prioritise to make them feel more connected in this virtual world. In addition, I will focus on attempting to ease the new students’ transition to their new accommodation through various programs.
Welcome collaborations with all Heriot-Watt campuses (Edinburgh and Dubai) in order to create a global virtual campus – this is the ultimate moment to launch this idea. We shall attempt to link everyone altogether.
What would I bring to the role?
As your VP Wellbeing, I will make the department to focus more on International students so that they can have a better transition to life in Malaysia. I feel that they were left to do everything by themselves, but no more!
Moreover, I will encourage the Wellbeing department to participate actively in the organisation of events for HWUMSA, particularly those that are in line with increasing the wellbeing of students directly.
Furthermore, I will continue the good work that the preceding Vice Presidents of Wellbeing have been doing over the years.