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95 Per Cent Of Permata Students Opt For Stem | 21/02/2018

BANGI, Feb 21 2018 -- Around 95 per cent of 579 graduates of Pusat PERMATApintar Negara (PPpN) have opted to further their education in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Its director, Prof Dato Dr Noriah Mohd Ishak, said the main vision of the centre was to produce scientists to embrace the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).

She said most of the PPpN graduates were currently pursuing Bachelor´s degree locally and abroad, nine were pursuing Masters´s degree and 11 were pursuing doctorate degree.

"PERMATApintar has never sidelined the field of social sciences because some of the students are interested to pursue a career in architecture and law. As such, we teach all our students to become scientists, whether they are interested in STEM or not.

"If they chose a field that is not STEM-based, they will get the opportunity to learn to think and make decisions systematically as well as make hypothetical statements," she told reporters during PERMATApintar´s Career Day at its centre in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) here today.

The PPpN programme is the brainchild of Prime Minister´s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is also the patron of the PERMATA programme.

The programme was launched in March 2009, with UKM as its implementing agency.

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