Mr. Lim Tou Boon

Programme Director E2STEM Education
Cambodia Former President, Taylor’s College, Malaysia

As President of Taylor’s College, Malaysia (2009-2015), Mr Lim was the key driver in the institution’s vision of producing high achieving graduates to become productive global citizens. During his tenure, 1,000 students gained admission into the top 200 universities of the world each year. Mr Lim moved to Phnom Penh in 2015 to pursue his mission of equipping young leaders to transform communities. An advocate of disruptive innovation, he is committed to the unleashing of young talents through an inquiry-based learning approach at E2STEM Education to produce competent Cambodian STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) professionals with 21 st century skills.

Link to Presentation: STEM Education in Malaysia

Abstract: Malaysia, on its journey to be a high-income, inclusive and sustainable nation, is strengthening the delivery of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education through various initiatives under the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025. Students are benefiting from increased instructional time and an emphasis on practical applications of knowledge through laboratory and project-based work. The role of teachers is changing, from instructors to facilitators in raising students’ curiosity, creativity and reasoning. In addition to sharpening the skills and abilities of STEM teachers, the big challenge is to get more students interested in STEM subjects. While the national target of 60:40 science to non-science students at upper secondary schools had remained unchanged for decades, the reality is that only slightly more than 40% of students are currently pursuing science subjects. How can YSEALI participants make a difference?