The prime minister's wife Rosmah Mansor has advised Permata Pintar students to pursue postgraduate study and undertake postdoctoral programmes upon completion of their PhD.
Rosmah was speaking at a luncheon on Tuesday with 15 Permata Pintar students studying at the east coast and mid-west region of the United States at Rumah Malaysia, the official residence of the Malaysian Ambassador at Forest Hill.
She said Permata would try to assist through the Permata Top Stem Talent Centre and Yayasan Pintar, that was created to provide assistance to gifted and academically talented students who need financial assistance, in making the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate degrees.
She said the assistance was in the form of a “stop-gap” measure to increase students’ chances in gaining admission into the school of their choice within the fields of studies needed by Malaysia in 2050.
The students had sought Rosmah's views on their way forward in postgraduate study, and their role in helping Malaysia to move towards the fourth industrial revolution and National Transformation 2050 (TN50).
Rosmah is accompanying Najib Abdul Razak who had a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House as part of his three-day working visit.