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UNESCO-Malaysia Agreement on ISTIC 2015-2021
7 September 2015, Paris, France
Agreement signing by H.E. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Hon. Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau, Malaysian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
The UNESCO-Malaysia Agreement on ISTIC was renewed for another six years (2015-2021). The agreement was signed by H.E. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Hon. Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation representing the Malaysian government on 7 September 2015 in Paris, France.
The Hon. Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia visits Primary School in Paris
7 September 2015, Paris, France
Hon. Datuk Madius Tangau with Prof. Yves Quere, co-founder of La main a la Pate (on his right) observing a science lesson at Ecole Cave, Paris
The Hon. Minister accompanied by the Permanent Delegate of Malaysia to UNESCO, HE Dato Zulkifli Mohamad observed a science class at the Ecole Cave, Paris to have an insight into the practice of la main a la pate which emphasises inquiry- based approach in science education (IBSE). The visit, coordinated by the la main a la Pate Foundation, provided an opportunity for the minister to observe how science is taught at the primary level, specifically on the topic of water and its properties, the questions raised, the hypotheses, design and realization of experiments which involves observations, discussions, debate, explanations and conclusions and the active involvement of pupils, which the Minister found very interesting. The visit was followed by a meeting at the la main a la Pate Foundation office where he was met by the President of the Foundation Prof. Daniel Rouan and Dr. David Jasmin, the Director of the Foundation. The Minister was briefed on the Foundation and its activities and this was followed by some questions and an exchange which showed the strong interest of the Minister, for the development of such science teaching, in order to encourage science careers and to foster a scientific mindset (through the focus on reasoning) among all children. La main à la pâte mentioned the current developments of the cooperation with Malaysia, in partnership with ISTIC.
ISTIC Certified Training Programme on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy and Management for Developing Countries (ICPS)
17-24 August 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Official Opening and Address by Dato’ Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Binti Mohd. Nur, Secretary-General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
The ICPS was successfully held from 17-24 August 2015 at Swiss Garden Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This is the 16th training programme in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy organised by ISTIC which was supported by Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and Perdana School of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
A total of 30 selected participants from 21 countries including Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Seychelles, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zambia and Malaysia attended the training programme.
The training programme was officiated by Dato’ Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Binti Mohd. Nur, Secretary General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), Malaysia.
The main objective of training workshop is to provide the necessary knowledge and sharing of experience to participants in order to ensure that they are in good position to face the challenges in driving socio-economic transformation through the strategic management of science, technology and innovation.
The programme also included site visit to Malaysian Agrifood Corporation Berhad, Ringlet, Cameron Highlands to allow the participants get the first hand information about agriculture technology, horticulture supply chain and food security.
Training Workshop on Developing Talents of Women in Science, Technology and Innovation
3-6 August 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dato’ Sabariah Hassan, Secretary-General of Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development officiating the workshop
The International Science, Technology and Innovation for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC) in collaboration with NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women (NIEW) with the support of Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (MoWFCD) and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) were successfully organized the Training Workshop on Developing Talents of Women in Science, Technology and Innovation from 3-6 August 2015. This training workshop was mainly designed to train participants on the elements of leadership, communication, and entrepreneurship. A total of 35 participants from 11 countries comprising S&T professionals for research centres and academician from middle level to high level management participated in the training workshop, 18 participants were from Malaysia and 17 participants from Bangladesh, Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan and Tanzania.
The Secretary-General of Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Dato’ Sabariah Hassan officiated the opening of the training workshop. Dato’ Ir. (Dr.) Lee Yee Cheong, ISTIC Governing Board chairman gave the welcome address.
The training workshop was held to engage participants on developing their own strengths and talents, enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes regarding the environment of the workplace as well as enhance their self-belief in their talents. The workshop also provide opportunity of networking among participants.
20th Anniversary Celebration of La Main a la Pate (LAMAP)
9-11 June 2015, Paris
LAMAP 20th Anniversary : Dato' Ir. Lee Yee Cheong giving his presentation
As a member of the LAMAP International Committee, Dato Ir. Lee Yee Cheong attended the 20th Anniversary Celebration of LAMAP in Paris. Dato Ir. Lee addressed the LAMAP Colloquium on 10 June on “Evidence Based Education for UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2016-2030” (Click for Download). He attended the first meeting of LAMAP International Committee on 11 June 2015.
Group photo of LAMAP International Committee
Courtesy Call on H.E. Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General
8 June 2015, Paris
ISTIC Governing Board Chairman, Dato' Ir. Lee Yee Cheong with DG UNESCO, HE Irina Bokova at her office in UNESCO Paris together with Malaysian Ambassador to UNESCO
Dato' Ir. Lee Yee Cheong paid a courtesy call on HE Irina Bokova in UNESCO Paris. Dato' Lee handed her a copy of the Kuala Lumpur Declaration (click to download) of the ISTIC/UNESCO Compendium Forums/Seminars/Meetings on the UN Post 2015 Development Agenda held in Kuala Lumpur 25-27 May 2015. He informed her that Malaysian Cabinet had approved the extension of the Malaysia-UNESCO Agreement for another six years from 2015 to 2021. She was also briefed on ISTIC’s effort towards gender balance in membership of ISTIC Governing Board. Dato Ir. Lee was accompanied by Malaysian Head of Delegation to UNESCO HE Ambassador Datuk Zulkifli Mohammed.
ISTIC-UNESCO International Conference / Forum / Seminar on UN Post-2015 Development Agenda
25-27 May 2015, Kuala Lumpur
H.E. Irina Bokova, Director-General UNESCO giving the keynote address at the forum
From the 25-27 of May 2015, about 450 delegates including speakers from 33 countries (Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Sudan, Senegal, Thailand, Uganda and United Kingdom) met in Kuala Lumpur for the ISTIC-UNESCO COMPENDIUM OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE / FORUM/SEMINAR ON THE UN POST-2105 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA as represented by the Seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2016-2030. The Compendium of ISTIC/UNESCO Events focused the deliberations on UN SDG No. 4 “To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities” and UN SDG No 5 “To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.
The compendium of events was graced by the presence of Her Excellency Irina Bokova, the Director – General of UNESCO and the Hon. Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Education II, Malaysia who officiated the closing.
The ISTIC/UNESCO Compendium of Events included the following:
a. ISTIC/ISESCO/UNESCO Malaysia National Commission “International Forum on Harnessing Women’s Talents in Science, Technology and Innovation” 25-26 May 2015
b. ASM/ISTIC/IAP SEP “International Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) High Level Policy Forum in Evidence Based Science Education in Developing Countries”
c. ISTIC/UNESCO/FEIAP “High Level Policy Seminar on Accreditation of Engineering Education Qualifications to International Standards and Mobility of Engineers and Technologists in Asia and the Pacific”
d. UNESCO Asia Pacific “Regional Workshop on Promoting Interaction and Knowledge Exchange between UNESCO Natural Sciences Related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific: Promoting Interaction and Knowledge Exchange between UNESCO Science –Related Centres and Chairs in Asia and the Pacific”
e. ISTIC 2015 Governing Board meeting
f. IAP SEP Global Council 2015 meeting
The deliberations of the six events resulted in a set of recommendations and declaration which was presented to Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Education II, Malaysia. The Declaration was subsequently handed to the Director-General of UNESCO.
Hari UNESCO Malaysia 2015: “Togetherness”
23 - 24 May 2015
Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Director-General of UNESCO, H.E. Irina Bokova, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Honorable Tan Sri Dato' Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia Minister of Education II, Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, (to the right of the DG) and Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching (extreme right) and other VIPs during Malaysia UNESCO Day 2015, Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur on 24 May 2015
The The two-day Hari UNESCO Malaysia 2015 (Malaysia UNESCO Day), with the theme “Togetherness”, was organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) in collaboration with the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO (NatCom). The event which was first launched in 2011 is an annual event and has become a day to celebrate the leading role of Malaysia in implementing UNESCO’s global mandate and in order to showcase UNESCO in Malaysia. The event attracted a large audience consisting of high level Government officials, Malaysian institutions, ambassadors, UN agencies and the public.
The main objective of this event is to enhance the public’s awareness of the important mandates of UNESCO in education, sciences, culture and communication and information. The Hari UNESCO Malaysia, via its exhibition, also serves to highlight Malaysia’s past and present achievements in every aspect of UNESCO competencies. It is hoped that Hari UNESCO Malaysia will help garner more interest and participation in UNESCO’s programmes. The event’s activities included art and cultural shows, exhibitions on science, technology, education, heritage and culture, UNESCO exhibition and, demonstration and interactivity of culture.
The UNESCO Director-General and the Deputy Prime Minister together with other VIPs toured animated booths, featuring youth talents and initiatives, from batik and puppet making to robotics, natural conservation projects, university clubs, community service work, street libraries and storytelling.
They also walked through an interactive exhibition, showcasing Malaysia’s rich cultural and natural heritage, spanning the historic cities of Melaka and George Town to the Mulu and Kinabalu Parks and the archaeological heritage of the Lenggong Valley; the art of Mak Yong Theatre, four Memory of the World inscriptions and two Biosphere Reserves and also the ISTIC booth.
Dato’ Ir. (Dr.) Lee Yee Cheong, ISTIC Governing Board chairman, Dato’ Dr. Samsudin Tugiman, ISTIC Director with international delegates at the ISTIC booth.
Training Workshop on Maintenance of Infrastructure
30 March - 2 April 2015
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Works Malaysia officiating the workshop
The The Training Workshop on Maintenance of Infrastructure was held on 10 March–2 April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in recognition of the importance for ensuring proper and timely infrastructure maintenance through the collaborative efforts of the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC), Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA) as host, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) and Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM). Supported by the Malaysian Service Providers Confederation and Association of Highway concessionaires Malaysia this workshop was held to celebrate Malaysia’s Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2015. The workshop was officiated by Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, deputy minister of Ministry of Works Malaysia while Dato’ Ir. (Dr.) Lee Yee Cheong gave the welcome address.
11 representatives from Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, Bangladesh and India, and 37 participants from Malaysia attended the workshop, which comprised 42 males and 6 females. The participants consisted of technical staff and practitioners from Government ministries and the private sectors. The combination of participants from ASEAN, South-South countries and Malaysia provided the platform for an exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences as well as opportunities for discussions, networking and collaboration. The programme covered essential legislative framework, assessment needs, planning, execution, including financial planning and budgetary control of infrastructure maintenance.