THE country needs at least 200,000 engineers by 2020 in order to attain the status of a developed nation.
Institute of Engineers, Malaysia (Penang Branch) immediate past chairman Prof Datuk Dr Eric Goh said there were now only 70,000 registered engineers in Malaysia.
Dr Goh was speaking at a talk on Engineering held on the final day of The Star Education Fair 2012.
The institute’s electronic engineering technical division advisor Dr Tan Kim Hor who spoke during the second half of the talk said the engineering profession had great prospects as it was now high in demand.
In a talk about law, barrister-at-law Mureli Navaratnam said that although the country had sufficient supply of practitioners, there was a need for specialists in the field of arbitration and shipping law.
At a talk on medicine, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr K. Suresh said a medical career means lifelong learning while his co-speaker Dr S. Bina Rai stressed on the importance of doing proper research before choosing medical schools.
Another co-speaker Dr Tan Kok Joo said one must think carefully before deciding to take up medical courses.
Stories by WINNIE YEOH, KOW KWAN YEE, HAFIZ MARZUKHI, JEREMY TAN, KIATISAK CHUA and ROYCE TAN
Photos by NG AH BAK, GOH GAIK LEE, CHIN CHENG YEANG, LIM BENG TATT, CHAN BOON KAI and ZHAFARAN NASIB
Soaring high: A large replica of an aeroplane set up above Advanced Tourism International College’s booths at the Star Education Fair 2012 which concluded yesterday at the Penang International Sports Arena.