Russia needs to develop education system, infrastructure: MM Lee
Mr Lee told business leaders that he found support for the top brass lacking in Russia.
He said: “Yes you have top engineers, top scientists, top researchers, grand chess masters, but your middle layer and your bottom layer is not so well maximised, (regarding) their potential.”
One way to go forward is through education – something which Singapore has learnt to do through an education system that is modelled after the German and the Japanese systems.
Mr Lee added: “We studied this with Germans and the Japanese. They have the best two educational systems for primary schools and secondary schools. By Pri 3, third year, the Japanese knows which students are good for what, Mathematics, Science, Art, Drawings, Sports, Music and then they develop those talents so you don’t all go through the same sausage machine.
After six years, you divide into specialities. Not everybody can be a rocket scientist but the world needs musicians, sports trainers, PT instructors in schools, teachers, language specialists and so on.”
Another area that Russia needs to look into is building up its infrastructure to ensure greater communication and connectivity among its cities.
Mr Lee continued: “You’ll see in China, they are building 30 to 40,000 kilometres of expressways, 20, 30,000 kilometres of high speed rails, so the country is being connected, people are travelling and when people travel, a whole corridor develops.”
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