Focus on study options

  • Education
  • Sunday, 19 May 2019

THINKING of studying abroad but unsure of which country to pursue your tertiary education in?

Ponder no more as the Star Education Fair 2019 is back next weekend at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) to answer students’ uncertainties.

Students keen on obtaining a British education can attend Interstudy Edu­ca­tion Consultants director Ivan Ong’s talk on “UK Study Opportunities” from 12.45pm to 1.15pm on May 25.

Ong will share what students can expect as an international student, based on his experience while studying and working in the United Kingdom (UK), for 12 years.

“I will touch on matters such as whether it’s is difficult to get a job in the UK, graduating from a UK university and what a British education system is like.

“I want people to know that a British education is not just about a qualification, but is about a holistic journey as a student and the exposure it gives to become global minded citizens,” he said.

German Educare co-founder Jonathan Lau will provide interesting insights into Germany’s education system from 12.45pm to 1.15pm on May 26.

Titled “How to study your Bachelor’s degree for free in Germany”, Lau said students and parents should consider obtaining a German education because it is affordable.

“We are talking about no tuition fee.

“Germany is a top study destination in Europe and is especially strong for its engineering courses.

“I will be highlighting the requirements to study for free in Germany and removing misconceptions that learning German is a waste of time.

“An additional language is an investment and studying in Germany opens many opportunities such as working for high-tech companies,” he added.

Students unsure of what to do next can meet experts on pre-university education and representatives from colleges and universities at the fair.

They will brief students and parents on a wide range of certificate, foundation, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as professional qualifications.

The biggest exhibitors are Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Manipal Inter­national University and Management & Science University with 18, eight and six booths respectively.

Students will have the opportunity to meet professional career counsellors and take a test provided by CareerSense@Help, the Career Guidance and Testing Centre at HELP University, to determine where their areas of interest lie.

Known as the CAREERSense@HELP Interest Inventory (CASH II), it is a home grown psychometric tool.

CareerSense@Help deputy director Brenda Shalini said HELP has partnered with the Star Education Fair and has been providing career testing for the past six to seven years to help students explore their career pathways.

“CASH II is a career exploration and assessment for students aged from the ages of 14 to 24 who are transitioning from secondary school to college education.

“The career test inventory contains statements describing different kinds of occupational activities.

“The test takers are required to rate how much he or she likes to do activities on a scale from one (dislike doing a great deal) to five (like doing this very much),” she said.

Brenda said the test can be taken within 10 to 15 minutes. The CASH II is a paper-based test.

“There will be counsellors who will help those who have taken the test to understand their results,” she said.

Catch Brenda and her team on both days of the Star Education Fair 2019 from 11am to 6pm on May 25 and 26.

Besides enabling visitors to access information on a wide range of programmes and professional qualifications, the fair is also an avenue to seek out various scholarships, bursaries, fee waivers and discounts.

The Star Education Fair will take place at Halls 4 and 5 at KLCC from 11am to 6pm on May 25 and 26. Admission is free. For details, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1097/1505) from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm, e-mail or visit and

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