Johor Bahru (Jan 25): Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Aham Baba said the government wants to increase the ratio of robotics to labour in Malaysia to 195 to 100,000 people by 2030, from the current ratio of 55. to 10,000 people.
In addition to analysing current needs, we also need to develop talent to ensure we can reach the target ratio by 2030, he said.
Aham Baba (second from left) learns about the manufacturing process of drones from drone engineers when visiting the drone and robotics area in Iskandar. (Photo by Zhang Wenhui)
Potential in drone technology
After hosting the launch ceremony for the National Inter-School Drone Challenge today, he pointed out that the field of drone technology has unlimited potential, so he encourages young people to get involved in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and try to explore the latest technology.
He said: "The employment directions in these fields are very broad. In the future, young people can not only become drone pilots and programmers, data analysts and engineers, but also become professional drone pilots on behalf of our country."
He said that the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Malaysian Technology and Innovation Accelerator Research Centre (MRANTI) have always been committed to promoting the development of the local drone technology industry. The goal is to establish a drone company with international standards and provide 100,000 drones by 2030. high-paying jobs in the industry.
The above competition is organized by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), and co-organizers include the Malaysian Technology and Innovation Accelerator Research Centre, Ministry of Education, Malaysia Airlines Youth Club (Kelab Remaja Udara Malaysia, KRUM) and Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB); The competition is expected to be played online from June to October.
Exploring the integration of drone courses into the syllabus
Aham Baba pointed out that the competition, which started in 2020, has attracted more than 3,500 students, who have been exposed to drones, robotics and programming in the process. He hopes this year's competition will attract 5,000 students from all over Malaysia to participate.
He also said that the Ministry of Science and Arts will discuss with the Ministry of Education to incorporate drone courses into the syllabus and to attract more people to be interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses.
Also present were the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Jayana, and the Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) of the University of Technology, Rosli.