LONDON – Permata Negara and Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies (OCIS), Oxford University have agreed to explore opportunities for collaboration to produce smart students that are capable of becoming scholars.
The prime minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is patron of Permata Negara, said OCIS had agreed to hold further discussion with Permata Negara to fine-tune the collaboration for the purpose.
“More ground works need to be carried out to identify what can be done to achieve the purpose,” she told Malaysian journalists at OCIS, about 83 km from here Friday.
Rosmah, who is on a seven-day visit to the United Kingdom since Thursday, said the collaboration would not confine only for Permata Pintar and Permata Insan students, but also other students and global in nature.
“We also discussed issues on Muslim women, especially on women’s leadership issues ,” she said.
Rosmah, who is accompanied by Malaysian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Datuk Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi, was welcomed by OCIS director Dr Farhan Nizami. Also present were the Orang Kaya Kaya Imam Paduka Tuan, Orang Besar 8 Perak, Datuk Dr Muhammad Afifi al Akiti, who is a fellow in Islamic studies at OCIS and senior consultant at the Prime Minister’s department Prof Emerita Tan Sri Dr Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin
Rosmah will also hold discussion with the University of Cambridge this Monday on exploring collaboration to develop the Permata Pintar and Permata Insan program.
She is also scheduled to open the Nobelist Mindset, a program organised by PERMATA Pintar with the Royal Society of London this Monday.
The program, which started in 2012 with the New York Academy of Sciences, United States of America, has since been expanded to involve similar cooperation with the Royal Society of London and University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
A total of 32 students from the PERMATA Pintar College, PERMATA Insan College, MARA College, national secondary schools and public universities, as well as six teachers, will participate in the program.
The Nobelist Mindset program aims to provide opportunities for smart and talented students to carry out Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics or STEM-based activities at several universities, like Cambridge University, London College University and ICL London.
On Tuesday, Rosmah is scheduled to visit the Specialist Domestic Violence Court and hold discussion with the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Team from the Crown Prosecution Service (CSP).
Rosmah is accompanied by Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said. – BERNAMA