Education fair opens new vistas for students
–Photos: G. Ramakrishna
Informative:Students at ‘The Hindu Education Plus International Education Fair' organised at The Taj Deccan in Hyderabad. (right) students browsing the information booklets at the fair.
Foreign education is no more a luxury of the rich, and has become a necessity of the middle-class.
It is considered the vehicle for prosperity and an opportunity to up their social status. A result of it is the growing number of foreign education fairs and the response they get from the aspirants is amazing.
The Hindu Education Plus International Education Fair reflected the growing interest in foreign education among students from under-graduate to research level and even in disciplines that were not so popular till recently. More than 1,000 students thronged the two-day fair held at Taj Deccan along with their parents and friends. It was a perfect place for them to understand foreign education and get their doubts cleared.
As Suma, a student aspiring to do research in science pointed out the interactions with the university representatives opened up new avenues for them. “Earlier, I thought USA was the best place for research. But now I understand that Germany and other European countries provide some exciting opportunities,” she said. “It was the right advice at the right time,” felt Deepthi an MBA aspirant.
Representatives came from reputable institutions in the United Kingdom, Holland, France, Switzerland, Australia, Singapore, Dubai, Germany, Canada, Russia, New Zealand and Malaysia and they offered information on the various courses offered by institutions abroad, covering a spectrum of disciplines from engineering, management, medicine and information technology to fine arts, aviation and hospitality.
Sharing some tips with students the representatives said it was important for candidates to choose a programme that matches with their goals and ambition.
They said candidates need to assess the institution on various parameters like faculty quality, international reputation, course content, class size and location.
“Certain courses may fetch good jobs in one country while the same may not provide exciting employment in other countries,” was the point highlighted by some. Aspirants should also look at flexibility of the courses and how they would be related to their education at research level.
They should also see if the institution connects them with their chosen profession, how strong was the institution's relations with the industry and other co-curricular activities.
The seminars held parallel to the exhibition were full of information with the experts in the respective fields giving new insights into higher education abroad.
Visa procedures, career guidance, scholarships, education loan options and part-time jobs were explained to the participating students. Parents were seen enquiring about the loan options for various courses at the stall set up by the State Bank of India.
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