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Malaysia Emphasizes STEM Education for Digital Technology-Based Careers: Report

Malaysia is placing a strong emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education to prepare its youth for careers in digital technology. The government’s initiative aims to equip students with the necessary skills to excel in tech-driven industries. This strategic focus on STEM education reflects Malaysia’s commitment to nurturing a digitally savvy workforce and fostering innovation in the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

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In a recent address by Malaysia’s Communications and Digital Minister, Fahmi Fadzil, the importance of fostering a skilled workforce in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to prepare for digital technology-based careers was highlighted. Based on a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), it was noted that eight out of 10 new jobs now require digital technology skills, and digital technology-based careers have seen a significant threefold increase.

Fahmi Fadzil stressed that preparing the workforce in STEM is crucial not only for enhancing career capabilities and skills but also for nurturing an interest in STEM fields from an early age. The #Mydigitalmaker initiative, particularly through the #Mydigitalmaker Carnival, plays a vital role in ensuring that Malaysia has a skilled workforce ready to meet the demands of the digital age.

According to Fahmi Fadzil, the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), specifically generative artificial intelligence, is substantial. The “Economic Impact of Generative AI: The Future of Work in Malaysia” report suggests that AI has the potential to unlock economic productivity worth up to USD 113.4 billion in Malaysia and can create high-income job opportunities for the nation.
Furthermore, he emphasized that businesses rooted in digital technology now contribute significantly to the global economy, accounting for more than half of its value. Looking ahead, it is projected that the digital economy will generate 70 percent of all new value in the next decade.

The #Mydigitalmaker initiative, led by the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), has been in progress since 2016, benefiting approximately 2.5 million school students in Malaysia. This long-term initiative aims to equip the youth with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in a technology-driven future, fostering economic growth and prosperity for the country.