Education fair returns to Penang

THE Star Education Fair 2011, the country’s biggest education extravaganza, will be coming to Penang on Feb 19 and Feb 20 at the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) in Relau, this time bigger and better.

The one-stop exhibition will see 234 booths with 108 exhibitors from various local and foreign institutions offering undergraduate, postgraduate, twinning, diploma, certificates and distance learning programmes.

More than 25,000 people are expected to throng the two-day fair, which comes hot on the heels of a similar fair which ended its successful run in Kuala Lumpur last weekend.

One of the major exhibitors, KDU College Penang, which is taking 12 booths, will hold a lucky draw during the fair for those who enrol to study at the college.

Its marketing manager Neoh Soon Ken said five units of iPad would be up for grabs at the event.

“This is our gift to the applicants in conjunction with KDU’s 20th anniversary,” he said after attending an exhibitors briefing and balloting session at Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas yesterday.

PTPL principal Cheah Gaik Khim said the institution had taken up six booths at this year’s fair and was looking forward to promote its professional and academic programmes such as Accountancy and Business.

“We are also giving away attractive gifts to those who enrol with us,” she said,

Inti College’s education counsellor Oon Hooi Ting said the college would be promoting its pre-university programmes at the fair. The college is taking up 10 booths.

Han Chiang College’s public relations and marketing executive Nicholas Ong said they would showcase their Communication courses at their five booths during the fair.

Segi College’s public relations and marketing executive Nicole Chen said the college was aiming to feature its diploma and degree courses.

Visitors can also look forward to other attractions such as The Star’s Spin ‘n’ Win contest with many attractive prizes to be won.

Among others, the fair is aimed at providing an ideal platform for students to explore education and career options, both locally and abroad.

The Star’s advertising executive Leong Shir Mein said many from out of town, especially from the northern states such as Kedah, Perlis and Perak, were expected to turn up at the education exhibition.

“Last year, we had many visitors who came from as far as the East Coast to look for what’s in store and what is offered here.

“Visitors can look forward to getting education and career guidance from the industry’s experts at the career talks and for those who missed out the fair in Kuala Lumpur recently, they can come over to Penang,” she added.

“Come and speak with The Star Education Fund personnel and many others on various scholarship and financial assistance available,” she added.

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