Get ready for a fantastic fair


BY PHILIP AUGUSTINE

USHERING in the New Year with loads of fun, goodies and exciting educational options is what Star Education Fair 2004 promises, and lots more. It is scheduled to be held on Jan 10 and 11 at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur. 

In its 16th year, the fair is the biggest of its kind and will bring together top local and international educational institutions under one roof. 

The fair will once again provide thousands of students and their parents access to useful information on tertiary education. Early this year, more than 80,000 visitors thronged the PWTC to gather information on the latest educational and career options available from over 130 exhibitors who took up 213 booths. 

Visitors to the fair will have plenty of things to look out for, apart from browsing through the various booths. A popular feature which will return are the education and career talks, where experts will provide tips and advice on Information Technology, Medical Sciences, Engineering, Art and Design as well as professional courses. 

Those planning to pursue their studies abroad can find out more about living in a foreign country at the Study Options Abroad forum. 

Students who have studied overseas will give first-hand accounts of what it’s like in Britain, Australia, Canada, the United States and New Zealand, having “been there, done that”. 

Another highlight of the fair is the Star Education Fund booth, where students can find out more about scholarships offered by local and foreign educational institutions. Representatives from the fund will give talks on the types of scholarships offered and the application process. 

At last year's fair, the fund received pledges from 35 educational institutions offering scholarships worth over RM7mil to students to pursue vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate studies at local private education institutions and foreign universities. 

The Education Ministry is expected to set up booths and bring in representatives from the Private Education Department and the National Higher Education Fund Corporation to answer queries on the recognition of courses and the loan application process..  

Students anxious about the SPM examinations will find the SPM workshops interesting, as experienced speakers will talk on some of the subjects. 

For the fourth year, the Star Education Fair will also be held in Penang – on Feb 21 and 22 – at the Penang International Sports Arena in Relau. For booking enquiries, call The Star’s Jacqueline Fernandez in Petaling Jaya (03-7967 1236/1250, 03-7967 1388 ext 1431) or Kamariah Noor Omar in Penang, at 04-647 3838 ext 3311/3357.  

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