Plenty of options at Penang leg of education fair
GEORGE TOWN: The Star Education Fair 2016 opens today, offering a plethora of study options and vital insights to help with that first step towards a successful future.
Housed at the` Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition (SPICE) Centre in Relau, it features over 90 Malaysian and foreign exhibitors, occupying some 260 booths under one roof.
The largest exhibitors this year are KDU University College, Inti International University and Colleges, and Disted College.
Besides that, there are also educators from leading countries such as Australia, Britain, the United States, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Switzerland.
Those still undecided on the path to take should attend the series of Education and Career Talks conducted by respected academicians and industry experts at the Level 2 Pre-Function Area.
One session of note will be tomorrow’s “Engineering Education: Towards World Class Career Excellence” by Datuk Prof Dr Eric Goh, who is delegation head of the Engineering Accreditation Council, a professor of engineering at Universiti Sains Malaysia and former chairman of The Institution of Engineers Malaysia.
“As a continuously progressing nation, Malaysia needs 200,000 engineers in this new economic era, and to make the Economic Transformation Programme Masterplan a success.
“Presently, we have 91,558 practising engineers, meaning that we need over 108,000 more to take the country to another level of high-income technological and infrastructural excellence.
“This is indeed great news for those with aspirations in this field,” he said.
Visitors to the fair also stand a chance to win some RM30,000 worth of prizes in the Spin & Win contest.
There are seven grand prizes each day, comprising a Samsung Galaxy A7, Samsung Galaxy Tab A, Fitbit Charge HR Wristband, Sony power bank, and shopping and F&B vouchers, and many more.
Contest forms are available in The Star today and tomorrow.
Participants only need to fill in their personal particulars, answer one simple question correctly and submit the form for a chance to spin the wheel at The Starbooth during the event.
Eligible students may apply for The Star Education Fund which is offering 241 scholarships worth RM11.4mil with its 26 partners in education.
There will also be Career Interest Testing by Disted College at the concourse level where students can take a simple test to determine their areas of interest.
KDU University College student recruitment manager Loo Hong Peng said they were looking forward to the turnout this year.
“We are hoping for 1,000 enquiries over the next two days and aiming for at least a 10% sign-up,” he said at the college’s booth yesterday.
The Star Education Fair 2016 continues until tomorrow and opens from 11am to 7pm. Admission is free.