DATO’ HAJAH RASHIDAH BINTI MD ARIF, DIMP
THE DIRECTOR OF
FULLY RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS AND
SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE MANAGEMENT DIVISION
- Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh and a very good morning,
- Tuan Haji Jamaludin bin Yaacob, the Principal of Tun Syed Sheh Shahabudin Science School,
- Professor Doctor Munirah binti Ghazali, the Coordinator of Regional Centre of Expertise, Penang.
- Principals of Northen Zone Fully Residential Schools
- Seberang Perai Tengah District Education Officer
and the most welcomed
- Accompanying teachers and participants, ladies and gentlemen.
- WELCOMING ALL THE PARTICIPANTS
Allow me to first welcome all of you to the Closing Ceremony of the Malaysian International Young Inventors Olympiad (MIYIO) 2016. It is very impressive to see how MIYIO 2016 has brought together almost 800 participants from Malaysia and neighbouring countries which is double from last year’s participation.
- THANKING THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE & ALL PARTIES INVOLVED
I am pleased that the staff of the Regional Centre of Expertise Penang and Tun Syed Sheh Shahabudin Science School have come together to co-organise this educational and exciting event which provides a platform for young researchers to translate concepts and ideas to real products. Nonetheless, I would also like to thank Perda City Mall and UiTM Permatang Pauh which have given their help and expertise to make this event a reality. It is an effort of collaboration that we must celebrate. It is hoped that more institutions will collaborate with fully residential schools in the future for the benefits of our students. I must also commend the judges and other sponsors and supporting organisations that have made this competition possible.
Ladies and gentlemen,
- R&D IN SCHOOLS
To create an enabling environment for innovative ideas to flourish, many schools have established R&D clubs, to promote the development of R&D, technological innovation and applications. They bring together strategic clusters of high-tech companies and professional talents from all over the world, facilitating synergy and partnership among different segments of the industry as well as among professionals from research institutes.
- R&D FOR BETTERMENT OF FUTURE
We are facing various environmental which are of increasing concern and magnitude, affecting the daily life of everyone in the world and posing serious threat to our future.
In the light of pressing environmental challenges ahead of us, faster and broader innovation of new technology is critical for achieving a sustainable future, which according to Brundtland Report in Our Common Future, 1987, the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This is the reason why we should encourage students to involve in R&D at a large scale and why we need institutions like Regional Centre of Expertise Penang and UiTM to collaborate with us in materialising the same aspiration. Thus, we need more competitions like MIYIO 2016 to be organised.
Ladies and gentlemen,
- R&D AND MALAYSIA EDUCATION BLUEPRINT 2013-2025
Malaysia’s formal schooling system has been most effective in providing our students with well-rounded education as well as laying the foundation for you to gain meaningful employment and careers. In the knowledge-based economy (KBE), the attributes of creativity and innovation become essential weapons in the intellectual armoury of our students. These additional skills will be new capital inputs for creating new enterprises and employment in the KBE.
Creativity and innovation can be best fostered through variety of exciting projects, co-curricular activities and competitions. These activities will stretch and expand the full range of our students’ potential. Initiatives such as Malaysian International Young Inventors Olympiad (MIYIO), 2016 aims to challenge and expand the intellectual horizons of our science students should be encouraged as it is in line with our Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
According to the Blueprint there are six key attributes needed by every student to be globally competitive, namely knowledge, thinking skills, leadership skills, bilingual proficiency, ethics and spirituality and national identity. Students’ knowledge and thinking skills will be tested when they are working on R&D projects. By working on those projects students learn a lot as they can link theory into practice. They will not only understand the subject better they will also be exposed to the real life situation as they are guided by professionals and academia of certain fields.
Students have to work as dynamic team players to make sure their project is a success. Only those who display good leadership skills could achieve this. As they try to present their work, their oral skills are tested. The whole process of conducting R&D projects inculcates strong ethics and spirituality in every child to prepare them to rise to the challenges they will inevitably face in adult life, to resolve conflicts peacefully, to employ sound judgement and principles during critical moments, and to have the courage to do what is right.
- BEST PRACTICES
The great inventor, Thomas Edison once said, “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” Indeed, it is crucial that innovative ideas can be put to beneficial use. To fully capitalise on the outcome of technological innovation, we encourage technology transfer from our schools to industry.
Apart from encouraging schools to make their knowledge available to industry and inventors, we also encourage academia to explore and exploit technological knowledge, skills and expertise, and to transfer such highly valueable assets to the commercial sector, so as to ensure that innovative ideas and research output are actualised for the benefit of society and the economy.
Ghana’s Bamboo Bike is a classic example of how innovation can build capacity and create employment opportunities for skilled and unskilled youth and women. It significantly contributes to reducing poverty in Ghana’s rural communities along with the value added by supporting the local bamboo bike industry. Additionally, the local government is assisted through taxes and foreign exchange that is generated through exports.
The bamboo bikes produced by the young female entrepreuneur are organic, sustainable, non-polluting and recyclable. They require significantly less electricity compared to the production of traditional metal or carbon fiber bicycles. These bamboo bikes also help to reduce carbon emissions by up to 70 percent and avoid the almost 5 kg of CO2 emissions that steel bicycle frames would release.
- On the occasion of this MIYIO 2016 Closing Ceremony, I would like to congratulate all award winners, indeed all participants, who have worked hard and long to develop ingenious innovations. The quality of ideas submitted this year is indeed impressive and has given the judges a hard time in choosing the winners. It is hoped that your outstanding achievements will bring significant benefits to the community, propelling the development of the nation.
- In addition to applauding the winners, I would also like to thank the Regional Centre of Expertise Penang, UiTM Permatang Pauh, Perda City Mall and Tun Syed Sheh Shahabudin Science School for their sterling efforts in organizing today’s closing ceremony.
I am heartened that the 2016 edition of MIYIO has continued to receive strong support in this endeavour to bring passionate bright young inventors to showcase their technology innovations and scientific discoveries.
I hope that participants will continue to maintain the networks built up over the last few days and continue the exciting dialogues and exchanges beyond MIYIO 2016. Finally, I would like to thank the worthy participants for your time and efforts, and hope to welcome you back to Malaysia next year.
With this, I declare the Malaysian International Young Inventors Olympiad (MIYIO) 2016 closed.
Thank you very much.