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Discussions by UoNARI on Pertinent COVID-19 Matters


University of Nottingham Malaysia Asia Research Institute-Malaysia recently organised a series of discussions called the COVID-19 Conversations.

Dr Gaik Cheng Khoo and Dr Bridget Welsh, who headline the discussions, sit down with experts from the institute’s interdisciplinary network and look at the broader effects of the pandemic on society, economy and governance. 

In the first discussion, titled Introduction, Dr Khoo and Dr Welsh give the audience a brief overview of COVID-19 and also what to expect in the upcoming series of discussions. 

Now with 11 discussions, the series has encompassed some of the most interesting and relevant matters such as Rohingya and COVID-19 in Malaysia, Business Transformations and COVID-19, the Selangor State COVID-19 Taskforce, Food Security and Orang Asli, COVID-19 and China’s Soft Power, Sarawak State COVID-19: Coordination and Technology, Lessons for COVID-19 from Malaysia’s Earlier Crises, Food Security and The Future, COVID-19 and The Environment, and Media and Media Freedom. 

The series aims to ask what the new normal, post COVID-19 will be like, and also what needs to be done now to better understand the multi-faceted impact of COVID-19.

“The aftermath of the pandemic has been manifold and we hope to shed light on these issues and at the same time, address as many of them as possible,” said Dr Khoo.

CEO and Provost of the University of Nottingham Malaysia, Professor Graham Kendall said: “We commend this initiative by Drs Khoo and Welsh. The COVID-19 Conversations are an excellent avenue to make the public aware of the many facets of COVID-19 but also the breadth of our capacity as a university.”

You can catch all the discussions here


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Posted on 26th June 2020

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