Find out how you can study for free, work abroad


  • Education
  • Sunday, 22 Dec 2019

THERE will be some 30 speakers at the upcoming Star Education Fair 2020.

Alongside talks on all the top fields of study, topics include scholarships available and job opportunities abroad.

During the fair, you can find out about how to do a bachelor’s degree for free in Germany.

Its director Jonathan Lau said German Educare makes sure students meet all the requirements, and guides them step-by-step, so that they qualify for tuition-free study.

“Since we arrange everything and even provide support in Germany, they’ll get the best experience transitioning to living and studying there,” he said.

Lau will be talking about the advantages of studying in one of the world’s top study destinations – especially for engineering.

“The cost of living in Germany is about RM4,000 per month.

“So the total cost of doing a bachelor’s degree is about RM150,000 – which is comparable to studying in some local private universities here.

“However, students who meet the requirements can actually study for free in Germany,” he said, adding that it’s crucial to know the academic, language and visa requirements of studying there.

Many students, he said, only have half the information and so fail to qualify for tuition-free studies.

Universities of applied sciences in Germany focus on practice oriented learning so graduates are more prepared for the working world, he said.

Lau will also highlight the recommended courses and career opportunities there.

“Graduates have bright prospects in multinational German companies,” he said.

Interstudy Education Consultants director Ivan Ong will be speaking about UK study opportunities.

Ong, who will be drawing on his own experience of studying and working in the UK, graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University, before spending

over a decade in the field of

higher education.

“I was working with universities there to recruit students from South East Asia so I’m very well-versed with what’s expected. I know what it’s like to study and to work in the UK as an international student and then as a permanent resident.”

The talk, he said, would focus on what the UK has to offer to students who have finished their SPM, STPM, diploma or bachelor degrees.

Ong will stress on things that Malaysians can expect as an international student.

“A UK education is not just about a qualification, it encompasses a life journey that provides you with the necessary exposure to become a global citizen.

“I’ll be talking about what the UK education system is like, whether it’s difficult to graduate, how international students can be successful, how to get a job in the UK and ways to secure a post-study work visa,” he said, adding that the session would also include relevant tips and real-life stories.

“I’m not just going to read from a pamphlet and show you some slides. I’m going to tell you how it’s really like so that when you go over, it’ll be the most enriching time of your life.”

To know more about higher education and work opportunities in the US, hear what Kavita Chandran, advisor at MACEE Education USA Advising Centre, has to say.

She’ll be sharing about all the different routes international students can take if they plan to study in the US.

The audience will also get to know more about the application timeline and the admission requirements.

“Identify the different scholarship and funding opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate studies options in the US.

“And discover working opportunities in the US while studying and post graduation.”

United Kingdom Education Centre (UKEC) operations director Sai Boon Chuan’s talk is about the future workforce. He’ll be exploring issues related to tomorrow’s workforce.

“Are you thinking about studying law, medicine, accounting, business or psychology?

“No doubt these are some of the more popular fields among Malaysians but have you ever wondered what the future workforce would look like by the time you graduate in three to five years’ time?”

He said it’s important to consider questions like whether banks would still have tellers at the counters, how long medical graduates would have to wait to do their housemanship, and if the need for lawyers would match up to the number of law students graduating yearly.

“Is education meant to produce workers to fill up the job market, or enable graduates to create new job opportunities and help solve real world issues?

“Be open to future possibilities. Explore subjects and degrees that have the potential to play a big part not only in shaping the future workforce, but in enabling you to become part of a solution to many burning issues affecting our society, our nation and the world,” he said, adding that students have to make the right choices because education can transform lives and what we learn today has the power to impact the world tomorrow.

UKEC talent development manager Dr Joyce Low Suk May who will be touching on developing the right mindset and skills for a rewarding UK experience, said the session will centre on whether studying in the UK is for everyone and why some international students thrive while others can’t wait to return home.

“We’ll explore the mindset and skills students should have in preparation for their new adventure overseas.

“We’ll also look at managing culture shock, getting accustomed to the slangs and accents, and seizing the opportunities that come your way.”

The Star Education Fair will take place at Exhibition Halls 4 and 5 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 11am to 7pm on Jan 4 and 5.

Kavita and Low’s sessions are on Jan 4 (1pm - 1.30pm); Lau will speak on Jan 5 (1pm - 1.30pm); and Ong and Sai’s talks are on Jan 5 (2.30pm - 3pm).

Admission is free. Booths are still available for interested exhibitors.

For booth details, call 03-7967 1388 (ext 1097/1505) from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm, email edufair@thestar.com.my or visit thestar.com.my/edufair and facebook.com/stareducationfair.
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