Per­mata may de­velop re­search cen­tre

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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

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