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Permata Pintar Produces Excellent Young Students

Last update: 07/05/2017
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From Hafizah Kamaruddin

LONDON, May 7 (Bernama) --As many as 15 pioneer students of the Permata Pintar College launched six years ago, not only completed their undergraduate studies at a young age, but some have even gone on to pursue their graduate and doctorate studies.

The Malaysian prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is also patron of Permata, said one of the students was currently pursuing a PhD while eight more were taking their master's degrees.

Khoo Jia Hui is currently taking the PhD in biochemistry at the University of Oxford, she said.

Rosmah was speaking at a lunch event with Permata Pintar students and participants of the Permata Science Institute here Sunday.

Also present were Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

Rosmah said at the master's degree level, four students were studying in America and three at universities in Malaysia.

Several others were already working, including one in Apple Inc, a world-renowned technology-based company, she added.

She said at present, there were 26 more Permata Pintar students pursuing degree studies at prestigious institutes of higher learning in the United Kingdom.

Among the fields were economics, engineering and medicine, with sponsorship from Petronas, Public Service Department, Majlis Amanah Rakyat and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, said the prime minister's wife. Rosmah said she also helped Khoo get a scholarship from the Pavilion Reit and Malton Berhad to pursue a PhD after getting a place to continue his studies at Oxford University.

"This clearly proves that the Permata Pintar programme has been pushing boundaries, always moving forward and crossing all obstacles to provide human capital who will make the country proud at some point," she noted.

She said in order to further expand the Permata Insan programme, she visited the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OXCIS), University of Oxford to explore opportunities and the potential for cooperation.

"Thank God, in the discussion, we identified opportunities for collaboration to carry out educational activities, including holding leadership programmes or leadership camps for Permata Pintar and Permata Insan students," she added.

She said in addition, space and opportunities would be provided for faculty exchange programmes.

Rosmah also said 26 Permata Pintar, Permata Insan, Mara Junior Science College, Education Ministry students and young scientists as well as six teachers were currently here to follow the Permata Science Institute workshop.

They will participate in the workshop for 10 days, starting from Monday until May 17 conducted by the Royal Society of London with most of the funds contributed by Yayasan Permata, while Yayasan Hasanah also chipped in, she said.

"This workshop is part of the Nobel Minds Programme (Program Nobel Minda), an initiative established to produce future Nobel Laureates," she added.