Education fair records huge turnout


Many students and parents making a beeline for the University Tunku Abdul Rahman booth.

EXHIBITORS at the Star Education Fair 2017 in Prangin Mall, Penang, garnered encouraging response from students and parents with many looking at the January intake to pursue their studies.

Disted College, which is promoting its pre-university courses, received more than 100 enquiries with several enrolments for the courses.

KDU Penang University College staff busy attending to visitors at their booth.
KDU Penang University College staff busy attending to visitors at their booth

“Our South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) programme was a ‘bestseller’ with students looking to enrol in it for January.

“The combination of quality education and cost-saving fees made it attractive,” said Disted School of Hospitality Management head Susie Khoo when met at the final day of the fair at the mall’s Lot 33 yesterday.

Young visitors admiring the free gifts which will be given out to those who sign up for a savings scheme at the PTPTN booth during the event.
Young visitors admiring the free gifts which will be given out to those who sign up for a savings scheme at the PTPTN booth during the event.

University of Reading, Malaysia, also received strong interest for its pharmacy programmes which accounted for more than 70% of enquiries at its booth.

Kai Wei (in red) keen to know more about courses offered by Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.
Kai Wei (in red) keen to know more about courses offered by Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

Its marketing, communication and recruitment director Madeline Tan said these programmes received more than 200 enquiries.

“We are one of the top 30 universities in the world offering recognised programmes on business, pharmacy and psychology.

Visitors making enquiries at the Xiamen University Malaysia booth.
Visitors making enquiries at the Xiamen University Malaysia booth.

“We have a flexible programme where applicants can choose to complete their programme at our campus in Iskandar, Johor, or in Britain.

“Our university has a rich heritage of over 150 years and it promotes quality education immersed in British culture.

Staff members from University of Reading Malaysia explaining their programmes to visitors.
Staff members from University of Reading Malaysia explaining their programmes to visitors.

“We are also very selective as we only accept students with high academic excellence,” she said.

Tan said the spiralling cost was also a factor when choosing a course.

Khoo showing some of the courses available at Disted’s booth.
Khoo showing some of the courses available at Disted’s booth.

“Parents have to allocate enough financial resources for their children’s education. In view of this, our university offers value-for-money programmes,” she added.

Jit Sin High School student Ng Kai Wei, 16, could not wait to finish his SPM as he was eager to pursue a programme in design and arts.

“I am very much into designing and I’m a big comic fan too.

“So a discipline in the arts is suitable for me,” he said when met at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology booth.

Visitors asking for details at Equator College’s booth.
Visitors asking for details at Equator College’s booth.

Ooi Seang Yau, 45, who was with his daughter Ooi Yee Jiu, 18, was worried about the high cost of education but he would not compromise on quality.

“My daughter wants to pursue a degree in psychology and I’m looking for the best college although it may come with an expensive price tag,” said the businessman.

Yee Jiu said although she was a science student, she did not excel in science subjects and she was very much interested in psychology.

Visitors shopping for courses at the fair held at Convention 33, Prangin Mall, Penang. — Photos: GOH GAIK LEE and CHAN BOON KAI/The Star
Visitors shopping for courses at the fair held at Convention 33, Prangin Mall, Penang. — Photos: GOH GAIK LEE and CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

C. Kanageswari, who was with her son Arjun Kumar, 18, said she allocated around RM40,000 for an engineering degree programme for her son.

“I am a single mother and Arjun is the eldest of my three children. The other two are 13 and 15.

Visitors asking for details at the EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd booth.
Visitors asking for details at the EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd booth.

“I am sure the sum would not be enough to see him through college. Hopefully, he will be able to secure a Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) loan as I need to save up for the education of my other two kids as well,” she said.

There were 40 exhibitors at the two-day fair which ended yesterday.

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