PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia needs a pool of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experts that can lead scientific and technological innovation, in the pursuit of becoming a high-income and developed nation.
STEM is an important growth driver in the digital age, hence quality education in these fields must be made available in schools, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Just days ago, he said the CEOs of tech giants Microsoft, IBM and Cisco delivered a presentation at the US-Asean Summit and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who attended the meeting, had noted that captains of the tech industry believed that Asean could leapfrog not only at the digital economy level but also beyond, towards cognitive artificial intelligence.
“To do so, we will require the necessary skills honed. STEM education is necessary for preparing the next generation for this future.”
Liow, who is MCA president and chairman of the board of governors of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC), was speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between TAR UC and CM Asia Learning Pte Ltd to allow the Robomatter teaching modules be made available to schools nationwide.
Liow said he was pleased that TAR UC would play a role in this collaboration where, together with the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, they would assess and jointly award certification to those who complete the programmes.
At another event in Petaling Jaya, Liow said youths could play a bigger role in improving the economy through fields such as entrepreneurship.
He called on youths, especially entrepreneurs, to take advantage of oppurtunities available under the Asean Economic Community, with its 650 million population.