Tertiary quest begins for school-leavers

All set: Staff of Quest International University Perak, the largest exhibitor of the fair, prepping the booth at the convention centre.

All set: Staff of Quest International University Perak, the largest exhibitor of the fair, prepping the booth at the convention centre.

PETALING JAYA: The Star Education Fair 2019 opens today.

Held for the first time at the Sunway Convention Centre today and tomorrow, it is opened from 11am to 7pm. Admission is free.

School-leavers who have just received their SPM and STPM results should take this opportunity to gain full access to counsellors and education experts who can guide them on selecting the most suitable programmes and pathways.

Quest International University Perak is the largest exhibitor at the event with 16 booths.

Its student recruitment senior manager Thirukumaran Arumugam said the university, which aims to produce job-ready graduates, would be highlighting its engineering, medical, pharmacy and IT courses.

“We had good response from previous Star Education fairs, which is why we continue to take part.

“The fair enables students from the city to make direct contact with the university based in Ipoh,” said Thirukumaran, adding that Quest would be offering merit-based scholarships.City University Malaysia business development manager Nik Ahmad Fitri Nik Azman encouraged unsure youngsters to consult experienced counsellors and seek out scholarships such as full scholarships for foundation and A-Level students, which the institution is offering.

SEGi University and Colleges marketing executive Blake Tay said the Star Education Fair was a good avenue to find the most suitable course and university.

“It also enables students to find out more about promotions, scholarships and bursaries, and take SEGi’s ‘Career Test & Guidance’ to help determine their pathways,” he said.

Manipal Education Malaysia head of sales recruitment Nagen Paramasvaran said students could gather information on courses and get a better understanding of entry requirements at the fair.

Management & Science University (MSU) strategic and communications department executive Hazli Halaluddin said the university had prepared scholarships and registration fee waivers for students who enrolled during the fair.

Students can also gain tips from the various talks held today and tomorrow.

Methodist College Kuala Lumpur assistant marketing manager Ng Jiehan will give a talk on “Options After SPM” at noon today.

Also speaking today are Aimst University Faculty of Dentistry lecturer Yahaya Abdul Raof on “Career Opportunities in Dental Technology in the 21st Century”, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak’s Bank Rakyat School of Business and Entrepreneurship dean Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Yaziz Mohd Isa on “Digital Marketing for Millennials”, and Nilai University Faculty of Business, Hospitality & Humanities dean Sivakumar Velayutham who will touch on the changing of the economy, the skills deficiency in Malaysia and professional bodies in Accounting and Finance.

Universiti Teknologi Petronas head of technopreneurship office Zamri Abdullah will be giving a talk on “How We Make Money From Engineering, Science, and Technology Since Undergraduate Level” from 2.30pm, while a session on “Future Career: Data Profession” by Heriot-Watt University School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences assistant professor and lecturer Karamjeet Singh will also be held from 4.45pm today.

SEGi’s head of Student Affairs and Alumni Relations Anand Vijey Manicam will talk about “Charting Your Pathway After SPM” at 3.45pm tomorrow.

It will highlight five aspects to look into prior to applying to an institution and life after college, and career journeys for fresh graduates.

“This talk is about how students can understand that choosing the right programme isn’t about their learning pleasure and experience but it’s about setting a lifestyle in the future.

“It is to enlighten students that the right choice made now will allow them a better pathway to reach their success,” said Anand Vijey.

For details, visit thestar.com.my/edufair and facebook.com/stareducationfair.