THE Star Education Fair 2015 opens in Penang today, giving visitors the chance to meet up with education consultants from the best institutions and explore course options and career possibilities.
One can also listen to talks by industry experts or find out about scholarship opportunities during the fair at the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition (SPICE) Centre in Relau today and tomorrow.
The one-stop education extravaganza brings together 87 exhibitors from locally and abroad, offering a vast array of undergraduate, postgraduate, twinning, diploma, certificate, distance learning and vocational programmes.
With over 250 booths, it is an ideal platform for students and their parents to explore study pathways, and find the perfect college or university to facilitate career ambitions.
In addition, many exhibitors are also offering attractive rebates to those who sign up during the two-day event.
Participating institutions this year include KDU College Penang, Inti International University and Colleges, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and Quest International University Perak.
Other renowned names are Han Chiang College, SEGi University Group, Atic International College, Equator College, International Medical University, Mahsa University, Management and Science University and Penang Medical College.
Also on board are Sentral College Penang, Study International Education Consult, The One Academy Penang, Wawasan Education Foundation (Disted College and Wawasan Open University), as well as ASA Overseas Education Specialist.
The Star Education Fund also offers 238 scholarships worth around RM11mil, from 29 partners-in-education. Since its launch in 1994, the fund has benefitted 3,272 students with scholarships totalling some RM93mil.
To apply, students must be Malaysian citizens and no older than 25 as of Jan 1 for undergraduate courses. There is no age limit for postgraduate students. Other criteria include good grades, family background, co-curricular activities and leadership qualities.
Visitors will also benefit from the various informative education and career-related talks with topics ranging from engineering to medical, PTPTN loans, options after SPM, and the world of 3D animation.
SP Setia Berhad Group is the sole sponsor of the talks, contributing RM20,000 in cash as part of its corporate social responsibility to promote the importance of education for the younger generation.
The Spin and Win contest returns with fabulous prizes worth a total of RM30,000. Up for grabs are 16 grand prizes – comprising the Samsung Galaxy A3 (two units), Samsung Galaxy Tab 3V (four units), external hard disk (two units), Philips cordless phone (two units), Belkin and Porseri power bank (four units) and branded handphones (two units).
Other attractive goodies include adventure theme park entrance passes, hotel accommodation and dining vouchers, as well as shoes — sponsored by Lost World of Tambun, Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya, Pallas, 1881 Chong Tian Hotel, Cititel Penang and Eastin Hotel Penang.
Also contributing are McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, CHT Manufacturing Sdn Bhd, Jen Hotel Penang, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru and Holiday Villa Alor Setar.
To participate, cut out the entry form (valid only on date of publication) from The Star newspaper today and tomorrow, to redeem a spin at the wheel. Copies of the paper will also be sold at the Circulation booth on both days.
Remember to take advantage of The Star’s ePaper bundle packages during the fair. A year’s new subscription of The Star newspaper, e-Paper and e-Flavours is at RM360, while renewal is at RM260.
Both come with two complimentary Starbucks vouchers worth RM30 as well as five spins of the wheel in the Spin & Win contest.
The fair is open from 11am to 7pm daily. Admission is free.