Star Virtual Fair announces its winners

Congratulations: Joshua (second right) posing with his Huawei Matepad after receiving it from Yap (second left) at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya. With them are Khaw (left) and Cheah.

THREE lucky students struck gold at Star Media Group’s (SMG) inaugural Star Virtual Education Fair (SVEF).

Mohamad Zulhisyam Mohd Zaini, Ooi Li Wen, and Joshua Kennedy won a Huawei Matepad each by simply tuning into the many webinars held during the two-day online event.

Neither of them had ever won anything prior to SVEF.

Delighted with the device, Universiti Sains Malaysia Mechanical Engineering student Mohamad Zulhisyam, 21, from Kedah, said it is the first tablet he has ever owned.

“This Huawei tablet will come in handy to boost my productivity at varsity. Besides that, I can use it to practise drawing digitally,” the artistic lad who received the prize in the mail, said.

Foundation student Li Wen, 18, said she was happy to win a Huawei Matepad which will be useful in her studies.

“I am currently doing my foundation in science in AIMST University. Since some of my study materials are online, it will be easy for me to revise using the tablet. I can do my revision anywhere now as the device is portable,” she said after receiving her prize from Star Media Group client brand marketing general manager Simone Liong at The Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas on July 2.

Joshua, who received his prize from i.Star Events Sdn Bhd general manager Jason Yap at Menara Star in Petaling Jaya last month, was over the moon.

The home-schooled student from Citadel Academy, said he would be using the device to improve his learning.

The three winners also found the fair to be useful in gaining information on various courses and higher-learning institutions.

Noting that he was able to access the fair whenever he wanted, Mohamad Zulhisyam said the webinars enabled him to explore other courses he was interested in.

“The presenters conducted their sessions well and used good visuals and information. I was most interested in the webinar from UTM SPACE which helped me know more about Masters in Mechanical Engineering,” he said.

An aspiring doctor, Joshua said he was captivated by the webinars regarding the world of medicine while Li Wei – who had just received her SPM results - utilised the fair to plan her career path.

“I was actively browsing the virtual fair and logged into the website for all three days. I looked for scholarships to pursue the Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) besides gathering information so that I make the right decisions for my tertiary education.

“The virtual fair was very informative and I managed to talk to several counsellors who provided me with information,” she said.

SVEF – the largest in the country to date – had “welcomed” 12,000 visitors and 260,000 webinar viewers, from May 29 to 31.

The event saw exhibitors chatting and making appointments with some 1,000 students.

And, over 1,000 questions were asked and answered during the webinars.

Yap said the fair was not possible without the help of Uni Enrol, which set up the virtual event in partnership with SMG.

Uni Enrol is an online education platform that pairs students with their most suitable study courses and eligible scholarships without any charge.

Started by a group of individuals who value the impact that education can make to one’s life, Uni Enrol has helped hundreds of school-leavers across Malaysia successfully apply for their desired higher learning institution, education programme and scholarship.

Uni Enrol is an authorised online platform of over 70 reputable colleges and universities in Malaysia such as Taylor’s University, Asia Pacific University (APU), Multimedia University (MMU), UNITAR, HELP University, SEGi University, UCSI University, Inti International University and Colleges, Heriot-Watt University, UOW Malaysia KDU University College, Sentral College and more.

It is known for its convenient online portal too, Pathway Match (, which helps students identify and compare courses, as well as narrow down options to get the lowest fees and maximum scholarship amount, based on factors like their interests, academic results, curriculum and sporting activities.

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