KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia needs more engineers to help the country achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to build a sustainable future, says the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.
According to the Board of Engineers Malaysia, 187,900 engineers officially registered last year, while the ratio of engineers to the country’s population was 1:170 compared to 1:100 for developed countries like Germany and France.
“The numbers show there is still a high demand for engineers in Malaysia in its efforts to become a technology-exporting country,” the ministry said in a statement, Bernama reported.
The statement was released in conjunction with the World Engineering Day 2023 celebrations organised by the Malaysian Research Accelerator for Technology and Innovation (MRANTI) under the theme “Engineering Possibilities”.The event was launched by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Chang Lih Kang.
Also at the event was MRANTI chief executive officer Dzuleira Abu Bakar, who said they supported efforts to promote engineering as the career of choice and to motivate the youth to consider the possibilities and careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
MRANTI also has community innovation centres known as MakersLab to allow innovators to gather and exchange ideas, as well as conduct experiments to boost local inventions and innovations.
“STEM workshop activities in the fields of renewable energy, coding and robotics are offered, including Industry Simulation Design certification and 3D printing innovation courses,” he said.