Awarding creativity at the Education Fair

IT WAS not the educational institutions that struck gold during Star Education Fair 2005 but the armed forces. The Royal Malaysian Air Force, Navy and Army were among five winners of category A (exhibitors with a single booth) in the Award n Win contest. 

Held in conjunction with the Star Education Fair 2005, the contest required visitors to choose the 10 best exhibitors at the fair which was held at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur from Jan 8 to 9.  

Apart from shopping for courses and academic programmes, the contest required visitors to evaluate and selectthe 10 best booths among the over 150 institutions participating in the two-day fair. 

Those whose entries corresponded with or closely matched the panel of judges’ choice will be awarded prizes. The criteria used to select the best included the booth with the most creative and attractive display, tidiness and cleanliness and the neatness and attire of staff manning the booths. 

Lt Rahimah Taib of the Royal Malaysian Navy said: “I'm glad we achieved our objective, which was to reach as many young students as possible and tell them about the great prospects in the armed forces.”  

The other two winners for the single-booth category are TPM Academy and Universiti Utara Malaysia. 

For Category B (exhibitors with two booths or more) the judges chose Nanyang Technological University, Binary University College, The One Academy of Communication Design, Limkokwing University College of Creative Technology and KDU College. 

Tan Chia Wee from The One Academy was ecstatic as the college had put in a lot of hard work to prepare for the fair. 

“We always brainstorm when it comes to ideas for the Fair booth because we want the design to come from our people. We finalised details just one week before the Fair began,” she said. 

Gilbert Alvin of Binary University College was just as glad to be listed in the top ten.  

“It's definitely good news because we know our efforts have paid off, we even had a designer help us so that we could make a strong impact this year,” he said. Two obvious winners were KDU and Limkokwing. The former took up one of the biggest booth spaces and Edward Loh, who represented the college at the Fair said: “We brought in an event management company to give us advice on ways we could improve our booth and the top ten placing shows that it worked.” 

Johan Bey from Limkokwing, also expressed his joy but said he was not surprised. 

“We put in lots of hard work and specially designed the booth to replicate our campus at Cyberjaya. Although we took a smaller space compared to other colleges, we maximised the space by having counters over which people could lean and talk. 

Twenty winners will be selected. The top prizes comprise a Dell Inspiron notebook (first place), an Apple iPod (second) and a Sony Ericsson mobile phone (third). 

A total of 900 people participated in the contest. Unfortunately, more than 270 entries had to be disqualified for various reasons,  

The winning exhibitors will be awarded with a token of appreciation for their effort.  

Award n Win prizewinners will be notified by post. 

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