Malaysia's First Astrophysicist Champions Boosting STEM Education

Malaysia's First Astrophysicist Champions Boosting STEM Education

Malaysia's pioneering astrophysicist, Mazlan Othman, is urging the country to focus on inspiring young people, particularly girls, to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Mazlan Othman, who holds the distinction of being the nation's first astrophysicist, believes outdated perceptions surrounding STEM careers as being less rewarding are discouraging young women from exploring these fields.

She emphasises the importance of nurturing scientific curiosity at a young age and highlighting the achievements of Malaysian scientists to serve as role models for future generations.

Mazlan's remarkable journey in space science and technology saw her not only establish the Malaysian National Space Agency but also become its first director-general.

She later went on to lead the country's astronaut programme.
Her dedication to space exploration extended to the international arena, where she held the prestigious position of director at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.

Despite navigating a traditionally male-dominated field, Mazlan maintains she never faced discrimination. Her unwavering passion for advancing space science and technology fueled her determination to break barriers.

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