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Permata Exploring Opportunities In Setting Up Of Research Centre - Rosmah

Last update: 08/05/2017
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Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor delivered her keynote address at the launching of Permata Science Institute workshop at the Royal Society of London here Monday
From Hafizah Kamaruddin

LONDON, May 8 ( Bernama) -- Permata Negara is exploring the establishment of a research centre that will provide an eco-system for the gifted to research and innovate.

Malaysian Prime Minister's wife and patron of Permata, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, said, we have to develop and nurture an environment that will enable research and innovation to flourish."

Rosmah said this at the launching of Permata Science Institute workshop at the Royal Society of London here on Monday.

The Royal Society of London is collaborating with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in organising the Science Institute workshop which kicks off tomorrow till 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.

Also present at the function were the Royal Society of London's Senior Advisor 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 High Commissioner of Malaysia to the United Kingdom Datuk Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi.

Rosmah hoped that Permata could work with the Royal Society of London in the establishment of the centre.

She said the Science Institute workshop was part of Permata Nobelist Mindset initiative aimed at instilling career leadership, innovative thinking, communication skills as well as field specific studies in our top science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talents.

"By personalising the learning experiences and giving the participants the opportunity to interact with Nobel Laureates and Fellows of the Royal Society we hope they will be able to identify the attributes of Nobel Laureates and understand how they see connection between ideas that others do not recognise, how they use their creativity to solve problems and to have the persistence and tenacity to pursue them to fruition in ways that benefit society," she said.

Rosmah said since 2011, more than 750 students had studied at the Permata Pintar College and more than 430 were enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in top universities in the US, UK, Australia, Japan, Korea, Germany and Malaysia.

Rosmah said research and mentoring with professors and senior researchers had always been a unique feature of the Permata Pintar programme.

"Many have also published in high indexed journals. We have also introduced a Genome to Space project whereby a DNA bar coding laboratory, and astrophysics laboratory complete with observatory tower and the telescope were set up to provide a new learning platform for our students who are interested in DNA sequencing and space related phenomena," she said.

She said the approval by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the establishment of the Pintar STEM Talent Centre in managing gifted undergraduates and postgraduates through mentorship, enrichment programmes and continuing engagement to raise their ability and aspirations would further enhance the Permata Pintar programme.