SETIU, March 27 – Only 15,000 students opt for science, technology and innovation (STI) courses at public universities, according to Malaysian Science Academy acting chief executive officer Hazami Habib. He said this was resulting in a drying up of expertise in the field.
“There were about 30,000 places are offered but only half were filled. Therefore, not many pick this field and results in us lacking the talent in STI. Maybe they also can’t see the job opportunities,” he said after a Science Ambassador programme here, today.
“The academy and the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI) were implementing numerous STI programmes, including the Science Ambassador programme to lure more to study science. We also took the initiative to nurture interest in the field starting from primary school,” Hazami said, adding that MOSTI had allocated RM20 million this year to plan and strengthen STI programmes.