University college hosts two initiatives to boost STEM participation

Participants posing for a photo at First City University in Petaling Jaya.

THE Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) launched two events simultaneously at First City University College: Malaysia Techlympics 2023 (Central Zone) and National Science Week Carnival (MSN) 2023 Selangor.

The launch was attended by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Chang Lih Kang, along with Mosti secretary-general Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim and the university college’s director Tan Sri Teo Chiang Liang. Also present was vice-chancellor Prof Saw Sor Heoh.

In his welcome speech, Teo emphasised First City University College’s commitment to support Mosti’s initiatives aimed at promoting science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) education.

He highlighted the institution’s dedication to play a role through the promotion of scientific approaches, advanced technology and human capital development.

Chang, in his speech, voiced concern about the decreasing interest in STEM education among the younger generation.

He expressed optimism that Mosti’s initiatives, including Malaysia Techlympics and MSN, could serve as valuable educational platforms and sources of inspiration for students, reigniting their interest in STEM fields.

Chang also extended his gratitude to key stakeholders, including Higher Education Ministry, Education Ministry, state education departments, district education offices and higher education institutions for their support of Mosti’s efforts to advance science, technology and innovation in Malaysia.

The Malaysia Techlympics 2023 welcomed the participation of students from both primary and secondary levels.

MSN 2023 was an inclusive event open to schools from Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya as well as the public.

Thousands of visitors attended the two-day event at First City University College’s campus in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.

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