KUALA LUMPUR: It’s a student’s market out there when it comes to education pathways to take after they finish schooling.
Star Media Group Bhd chief executive officer Andreas Vogiatzakis said there were limitless study choices available these days.
Despite being bombarded with all these options and access to vast amounts of data, young people today know what they want, he said.
“Having access to all these information has empowered them to know what they want to achieve in their lifetime, ” he said when launching the Star Education Fair 2020, the first of the new decade, here yesterday.
“This shift in maturity, awareness and knowledge among the youth, coupled with increasing higher education options and institutions, can only mean that quality is not only expected but also demanded, ” he said.
Now into its 33rd edition, Vogiatzakis pointed out that the Star Education Fair was still the preferred education fair in Malaysia.
“We have been privileged to be a part of the growth journey for hundreds of thousands of Malaysians.
“We have also seen the shift from decades ago, when there were only a handful of higher education institutions, to what we have today, limitless choices with study options that are both broad and deep.
“I also have a reminder to never stop learning and to always be curious, ” he said.
Quoting his favourite author Alvin Toffler, Vogiatzakis said: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. Education should be for all.”
He said the Star Education Fund had been critical to opening up pathways to underprivileged youth since it began in 1994.
Thanking the fund’s partners-in-education, he said: “This critical service to the Malaysian community can only continue with the support of partners so we do hope to continue this initiative for many more decades to come.”
“As a media company, our line of work goes beyond the bottom line, ” he said, adding that it was part of the group’s DNA to ensure “no individual is left behind”.
The media group has done this through two initiatives – Star Foundation, its charity arm, and the scholarship fund.
This year, the Star Education Fund is offering 265 scholarships worth close to RM16mil from 30 institutions.
Today is the last day of the Star Education Fair which is being held in Halls 4 and 5 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 11am to 7pm. Admission is free.
For details, visit thestar.com.my/edufair and facebook.com/stareducationfair.
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