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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Using digital technology to Inspire the young | New Straits Times

Datuk Dr. Mazlan Othman is the first Malaysian
woman to earn a PhD in physics at the
University of Otago in New Zealand.

"SAMSUNG is providing digital education solutions to make learning exciting and interesting for the young, and giving teachers a creative and efficient way to teach" according to NST Online.

It’s Samsung Smart School initiative, to nurture the young via digital education, has supported over 3,200 schools around the world.

Providing a fun and interactive learning environment for more than 1.4 million children, it focuses on low income communities and uses IT technology in education to provide these communities access to smarter learning environments.

In collaboration with Samsung Smart School, Malaysia's first astrophysicist Datuk Dr. Mazlan Othman, is sharing her story in a short video.

The story of Malaysia's first Astrophysicist

She talks about her experiences that have shaped her into becoming the country’s first astrophysicist.

She was the first Malaysian woman to earn a PhD in physics at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Following her appointment as Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna in 1999, she returned to Malaysia in 2002 to serve for five years as the founding director general of Angkasa, the Malaysian National Space Agency. Her work led to the launch of the first Malaysian astronaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor.

“Some people follow the rules, some people live by them. But I questioned every single one of them. It started in the 1960s, when there was plenty of things to do in science.But nobody here in Malaysia to do it,” she said.

Mazlan said as a student, she questioned everything and because no one knew the answers, it led her on a quest to learn and to understand the universe.

She also speaks about helping to launch the world’s first remote sensing satelite that orbited the equator and putting Malaysian on the map in space research...

For more information on the Samsung Smart School initiative, and to view the videos, visit sustainability/corporatecitizenship/ education/smart 
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Source: New Straits Times and SamsungMalaysia Channel (YouTube)

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