Education is key to achieve Vision 2020
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's ambition to achieve a high income nation status by 2020 relies heavily on the country's educational progress and development, said Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
"Education remains an instrumental and significant enabler to the country's transformation journey to a high income economy," he said in his speech at the launch of the GlobalNxt University Leadership Series 2013 here on Tuesday.
Mustapa said in order to sustain the country's economic growth, Malaysia must rapidly move up the value chain, beyond manufacturing and production, which has become the mainstay of newer, emerging economies.
"To achieve this, we need leaders with a new mindset, fresh competencies, specialised skills.
"Our leaders must be able to identify global opportunities to take us up the value chain," he added.
The leadership series programme was organised by GlobalNxt University in association with Young Corporate Malaysians.
The programme, attended by some 250 participants, is aimed at young Malaysian professionals with a special focus on developing the next generation global leaders.
It also featured Scomi Group Bhd group chief executive officer, Shah Hakim Zain as the key speaker.
GlobalNxt University, which is part of Manipal Education network, is a registered Malaysian university specialising in online education.
Young Corporate Malaysians is a business club for young Malaysian professionals between the ages of 21 to 30 with the objectives of being the platform to bridge new members of the corporate world with chief executive officers and industry leaders.