PENANG, with its limited resources, depends on human capital for growth and young talents should be its driving force.
“As such, all graduates who leave to study in local or foreign universities should return to help the state achieve Penang 2030, ” said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow at the presentation of financial aid to students pursuing higher education at Dewan Milenium in Kepala Batas.
Penang 2030 is a vision for the state to become smart and family-focused by 2030.
“Students need to have additional skills and there should be total transformation in the new era of employment. Skills in niche areas will help them be better prepared to ‘market’ themselves as a ‘package’ deal on completion of their studies.”
Chow said the state recognised the importance of such skills and had introduced various programmes and centres such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Penang Skills Development Centre, Penang Science Cluster, Tech Dome Penang and Penang Digital Library.
A total of 443 students received financial aid totalling RM337,330. Students in local universities received RM1,000, those going to Sabah or Sarawak got RM1,200 while polytechnic students were given RM300 each.