KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 (Bernama) — Malaysia not only needs an education system that nurtures creative and analytical human capital but also world-class educational institutions with world-class leadership, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
This was in line with the government moves towards an innovation-led economy, the prime minister said.
“We are taking a series of measures to encourage more young people to think the unthinkable and forge a bold new path — shaping a supportive ecosystem, creating new opportunities and funding enablers for innovation,” he said in his speech at the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) World Cup 2011 dinner here, Wednesday night.
His speech was delivered by his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is also Education Minister.
Najib said the Malaysian government was “determined to do everything to support innovation” by creating an environment in which corporations, research organisations and individuals were better able to engage in innovative activities.
“Measures to achieve this include developing human capital, investing in innovation infrastructure and nurturing new ventures through incubators,” he said.
Najib wanted to see more commercially-viable innovations and urged the private sector to come forward and collaborate with universities and schools to innovate new products which had the potentials to contribute to economic growth and to societal well-being.
“But the success of our innovation agenda will depend on our ability to value openness, to embrace critical thinking and to encourage risk taking and experimentation; because sometimes we all get things wrong before we get them right,” he said.
Najib also said that there was a need revamp the education system “to unlock individual skills and talents” and to produce well-rounded individuals.
“Poor performance in education today will have negative impact on the country’s tomorrow, as higher education levels are consistently correlated with robust economic growth,” he said.
Source : Bernama