Permata may develop research centre
LONDON: Permata Negara is mulling the establishment of a research centre that will provide an ecosystem for the gifted to research and innovate.
The prime minister’s wife and Permata patron, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, said: “We have to develop an environment that will enable research and innovation to flourish.”
She said this at the launch of the Permata Science Institute workshop at the Royal Society of London (RSL) here yesterday.
The RSL and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia jointly organised the workshop, which kicks off tomorrow and ends on May 17.
The workshop involves 26 students from Permata Pintar, Permata Insan, Maktab Rendah Sains Mara, students from the Education Ministry, young scientists and six teachers.
Present were RSL senior adviser Luke Clarke, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said and Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Datuk Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi.
Rosmah hoped that Permata could work with RSL in establishing the centre.
She said the workshop was part of the Permata Nobelist Mindset initiative aimed at instilling career leadership, innovative thinking, communication skills as well as field specific studies in top science, technology, engineering, and mathematics talents.
“By personalising the learning experiences and giving participants the opportunity to interact with Nobel Laureates and RSL Fellows, we hope they can understand the connection between ideas that others do not recognise, how they use their creativity to solve problems and to have the persistence to pursue ideas into fruition,” she said.
Rosmah said since 2011, more than 750 students had studied at Permata Pintar College and more than 430 were enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in top universities in the United States, the UK, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany and Malaysia. Bernama