"Malaysia needs a ratio of at least 60 researchers, scientists and engineers to every 100,000 people to achieve Vision 2020," said Higher Education Department director-general Prof Datuk Dr Ir Radin Umar Radin Sohadi.
He said the current ratio is 17 to 100,000 people as compared to Singapore that has 87 and United Kingdom with 76.
“At only 17, we simply don't have the numbers. The research field in the country is a rather 'vague' field. Other developed countries practice an industrial-based research and development field.
“Students who are studying overseas need to come back and serve the country to reach the critical mass of such experts,” he said.
He was speaking at a preparatory programme for local students who will leave for universities in Britain and Ireland organised by the ministry at the Putra World Trade Centre here, yesterday. - The Star