Innov8HQ's - International Student Business & Lifestyle Community Project Manager
Introducing Ally Leong - Innov8HQ's new International Business & Lifestyle Project Manager.
We are delighted to have passionate & driven individuals like Ally (currently VP for the Chinese Student Association at Otago University) leading the way for fellow international students to set up camp at Dunedin. As another super fan of Dunedin city, currently completing her Bachelor of Commerce in International Business & Economics, Ally will be working on various projects to forge new possibilities with community groups/businesses to attract & retain international students & visitors to Dunedin. Here's what Ally had to say about her ambitions & we are excited to have her join the Innov8HQ Community Projects team!!
Welcome aboard Ally - we can't wait to see what exciting opportunities unfold & there's some cool projects, watch this space : )
"I heard about globalisation, and some said the world is flat after all. So, I packed my luggage and decided to go for an adventure. I travelled 8,891km from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Dunedin, New Zealand. I enrolled myself in the University of Otago to complete my International Business degree.
I felt lucky that I have made the decision to move away from the busy lifestyle to a peaceful lifestyle. I like the serenity here in Dunedin. I simply enjoy walking around on beautiful Sunday mornings. I picked up horse riding as a hobby. I cheer for the All Blacks and enjoy few bottles of Speights sometimes.
As the vice president of the Chinese Student Association, my goal was to help Chinese students in the University to enjoy their study life in Dunedin. In the past two years, I have organised a few events for the association. One of my favourite events was the Nepal Earthquake Relief Bake Sale. Many international students told me that they would like to stay in Dunedin after they graduate.
When I heard about Innov8HQ, I knew there is a hope for us who want to call Dunedin as home. I registered interest in the new hub, as I see there is a chance for me to contribute to the community. By innovation, there will be more opportunities for everyone. International students can offer their skills, and the businesses in Dunedin can recruit more of these talents.
I personally would like to involve in the “reallocation” project that aims to ease the transition and help culture shock for the immigrants. I would love to be involved in tourism projects. Dunedin is an amazing place that I would like to share with everyone".