“I am pleased that assessment highlighted a number of successful collaborations in human capacity building, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, green futures, information and communications technologies, smart communities and health. Many of these programs and considered “game changers” drawing the participation of both international and Malaysian organisations”.
Under the Science to Action (S2A) Initiative which the Prime Minister launched two years ago, we are on the cusp of a major transformation of science in this country, involving its governance, the participation of the private sector and the buy-in of the people. We hope our rhetoric could be translated into action beginning with the 11th Malaysia Plan starting next year.
As nation, our future competitive position will rely largely on our strength and depth on S&T based innovation capacity. Otherwise, our ability to compete in the global marketplace will be severely jeopardized. If we do not do the right things today, especially in the field of education, when the times comes, it will be too late as the real outcome of what we do today will only be realised 20 to 30 years from now.