08 Jun 2016 02:57:22 PM

The journey is not over yet for this French professor who has called Malaysia home for 17 years

In 1990, Dr Marie-Aimée Tourres, then an economics student from the prestigious Université d'Auvergne, visited Malaysia. In the short time that she was here, the country and region left an impression on her. Since then, Malaysia has been a key part of her career and life.
Having left France in 1999, Dr Marie has called Malaysia her home for the past 17 years. The passionate researcher and academician has published books, was a columnist with NST until 2014, and is now busy with her role as the Academic Director, South East Asia at Strathclyde Business School. 

Her career is peppered with academic roles attached to various educational institutions and initiatives in the country, including a two-year stint as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the prestigious University of Malaya.

Despite her extended stay in Malaysia, it has not always been smooth sailing for the busy professor to remain here, especially as she could not apply for Permanent Resident status.

“My local contract could never exceed two years. At each renewal, administrative papers had to be done all over again. Even though I was greatly helped by the respective Human Resource department, it was still a hassle to go through,” she said.

For this professor, the introduction of the Residence Pass-Talent by TalentCorp was a lifesaver that solved all her problems and frustrations with her situation.

“Finally, an available option that could make my stay here easier for me and also the employer!” she shared.

During her time here, Dr Marie admits that it took some time for her to adapt to the work culture and environment in Malaysia, which is vastly different from Europe. However, she says, she thoroughly enjoys her time here and loves meeting Malaysians of all sorts.
They are nice people with a good heart, and are always here to help you."
Dr Marie hopes to contribute to Malaysia through her work in education and her role in providing analysis and conducting research for international organisations like the United Nations. She aims to inspire her students to believe in what they are doing and get them excited about contributing to the world. 

Like Malaysia’s own journey, Dr Marie’s journey is not over yet.
We are indeed not yet there, but it is not only the end result which matters. It is also the process which leads us there that is important, if not the most important.”


The RP-T enables highly qualified expatriates to continue residing and working in Malaysia for up to ten years. As it is personal to holder, it provides greater flexibility in terms of employment. The RP-T is also extended to spouses and children (below 18 years old) of successful applicants, allowing their spouses to seek employment in Malaysia. 

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