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Electronic Journal of Biotechnology
Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
ISSN: 0717-3458
Vol. 8, No. 1, 2005, pp. 9-16
Bioline Code: ej05003
Full paper language: English
Document type: Special Article
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Electronic Journal of Biotechnology, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2005, pp. 9-16

 en ISSUES IN BIOTECHNOLOGY TEACHING - A nationwide biotechnology outreach and awareness program for Malaysian high schools
Firdaus-Raih, Mohd.; Senafi, Sahidan; Murad, Abdul Munir; Sidik, Nik Marzuki; Lian, Wan Kiew; Daud, Fauzi; Ariffin, Shahrul Hisham Zainal; Zamrod, Zulkeflie; Seng, Tan Chon; Othman, Ahmad Sofiman; Harmin, Sharr Azni; Saad, Mohd Yusof Radzuan & Mohamed, Rahmah


Biotechnology education in developing nations remains one of the rate limiting factors in achieving optimal human resource capacity to drive and tap the bio-resources of these nations. Many developing countries are situated within rich bio-diversity enclaves. Biotechnology offers the promise of tapping these bio resources towards due process of developing these nations. While there may be a steady stream of biology and biotechnology based graduates, from Malaysian as well as foreign universities contributing to the human resource base for these countries, the numbers and knowledge diversity produced, still lack the capacity to optimally power research and development as well as supply the industrial biotechnology sectors of these countries. Realizing the need to address these issues at the grassroots level of higher education, Malaysia has taken an active step of bringing biotechnology into the classrooms of high schools throughout the country. These future generations of Malaysians, are hoped to progress towards manning and driving Malaysia's BioValley initiatives (a biotech based R&D and industry cluster), towards the national dream of developed nation status by the year 2020, using biotechnology as an economic growth vehicle. Here, we share our experiences in developing and proliferating a biotechnology awareness program for Malaysian high schools. It is hoped that similar programs will strive towards similar objectives in other developing countries.

Biotechnology awareness, biotechnology education, capacity building.

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