Thousands turn up on last day of Star Education Fair 2024

A USM staff member (far right) explain the master degree programme available to Tan Yin (far left) at Star Education Fair held at Setia Spice Convention Centre

GEORGE TOWN: Thousands of school leavers and their parents turned up on the last day of Star Education Fair 2024 held at Setia Spice Convention Centre on Sunday.

Many of them were waiting outside the event venue from as early as 10am.

Administration executive Tan Yin, 33, was seen at the convention centre entrance with her friend, entering the hall as the bell rang to signal the event's start at 11am.

Tan said that she and her friend took advantage of the weekend to visit the Universiti Sains Malaysia (UMS) booth, where they looked into the master's degree courses offered by the university.

"I have been looking for ways to upgrade myself, and continuing my education seems to be best for me now," she said.

Tan who holds a degree in psychology from a local university said, she is looking to enrol herself in post-graduate studies in counselling at USM.

She feels the university fees for the course she is interested in are affordable.

"It is good that Star Media Group organised this event, it is a good platform for the public especially school leavers who are looking to continue their studies," she said, adding that she has made up her mind to study at USM.

Lee Yie Qian,18, who scored 10As in his SPM examination was also seen with his family checking out booths set up by universities and colleges during the fair.

The SMJK Jit Sin student from Bukit Mertajam said he is considering a career in computer science or engineering.

"I love coding and chemistry, so I'm looking for an institution that can offer the best learning experience for me in either subject," he said.

At the event organised by Star Media Group, Lee said this was the first time he came to such an event, describing the event as a good opportunity for him and other school leavers who want to enrol in public or private universities.

He said such events organised by The Star should be exemplary for others to follow.

Among the exhibitors are SPIC International College, Multimedia University (MMU), Kidocode, International Medical College (IMC), Han Chiang University College of Communication (HJU), Open University Malaysia (OUM), MAHSA University, Manipal University College (MUCM), Universiti Poly-Tech Malaysia (UPTM), Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology (TARUMT), Wawasan Open University, The One Academy and Sentral College.

The two-day fair, organised by Star Media Group Bhd, also features a full line-up of talks, one-on-one interactions, and great offers.

There are 108 booths with 55 educators showcased at the Setia Spice Convention Centre in Bayan Lepas.

The Star Education Fair 2024 is held side-by-side with the myStar Job Fair 2024 at the convention centre from 11am to 7pm.

Admission is free with attractive door gifts and visitors stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes as well.

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