BANGI: The Permata Pintar programme is beginning to show results with more than 90% of students who have attended Permataâ€™s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programme opting to study fundamental rather than applied sciences and mathematics.
The Prime Ministerâ€™s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is also the Permata Programme patron, said these students were now studying in various universities in the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia.
â€œThis is indicative of their interest in pursuing careers in STEM and in wanting to work with novel or innovative ideas that will produce unique and original outcomes to benefit future generations,â€ she said at the closing of the first UKM-Kazakhstan STEM Summer Camp 2015 at the Permata Pintar Negara Centre in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia here yesterday.
In her speech, Rosmah also expressed her hope for the UKM-Kazakhstan STEM Summer Camp to become an annual programme so that both Malaysian and Kazakhstan students would learn how to live like real global citizens.
A total of 51 students aged below 16 from the Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools attended the three-week summer camp, which began on May 31 and ended yesterday.