GEORGE TOWN: Sales coordinator Anne Sarela Thomas, 46, is a first-time visitor to the Star Education Fair. This year, her daughter A. Kalathevi is leaving school and has to figure out her next move.
“My daughter is keen on engineering or science,” she said, adding that they hailed from Simpang Ampat on the mainland.
Bank officer Janet Yeap, 50, was back at the fair after five years.
“I was last here when my daughter completed her SPM,” she said at the fair at SPICE Arena, Relau.
Now she is with her son Darren Lim who is thinking of taking up computer engineering.
“We’ve narrowed down his choices to a few universities but we will stay at the fair to attend as many talks as possible,” she said.
Beyond the hundreds of education pathways offered by over 200 institutions, scholarships were also available from the Star Education Fund.
Star Media Group Berhad editor-in-chief Datuk Leanne Goh told the crowd at the opening ceremony that the fund had 31 partners-in -education pledging 295 scholarships worth a whopping RM16.1mil.
“The fund has benefitted 3,578 recipients since its inception in 1994.
“This year, Penang Medical College (PMC) returns as a partner while Monash University Malaysia and University of Reading Malaysia joined us as new partners,” she said, adding that PMC was offering a full free medical scholarship.
She said six institutions in the northern region were offering 50 scholarships worth close to RM1.6mil.
They are Equator College, KDU Penang University College, Management & Science University (MSU), PMC, Sentral College Penang and Sunway College Ipoh.
Details on the scholarships can be found at the Star Education Fund booth.
The two-day fair, which ends today, is held from 11am to 7pm. It is organised by i.Star Events Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Star Media Group Berhad. Admission is free.