Sunday, 15 January 2017

30 years on and making a difference

It’s been three decades but the Star Education Fair continues to pull in the crowds for the many study options, career talks and scholarships.

THE Star Education Fair 2017 held last weekend, was extra special as it marked its 30th year. As to be expected, the fair saw almost 80,000 visitors throng the halls of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre over two days to gather as much information as they could on everything and anything related to tertiary education.

Even before the doors opened, visitors were seen scanning the information boards listing the talks and locations of more than 150 exhibitors as they geared up to ask questions at those manning the booths.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P Kamalanathan who opened the fair, said it was “the” place for parents and students to browse through all their options, making it a “one-stop education exhibition.”

“It offers the widest choice of programmes from diploma to undergraduate to postgraduate courses,” he added.

He also said that through this fair: “Every education institution inside and outside this country will have the opportunity to serve students in Malaysia.”

Kamalanathan (sixth from left) with Kan (fifth from left) and Star Media Group Bhd editor-in-chief Datuk Leanne Goh (seventh from left) and Star Education Fund manager Susanna Kuan (standing, far right) pose with the Star Education Fund’s partners-in-education at the launch.

“We also have international universities setting up their campuses in Malaysia.”

Kamalanathan also said that those who do not excel academically should not forget that they can still further their studies in vocational courses.

Star Media Group Bhd group chief operating officer Calvin Kan said: “Since the fair started in 1987, we are proud to have been connecting young Malaysians with the best education institutions.”

“However, identifying the education institution and the programme to enrol in, can be one of the most difficult decisions to make,” he said.

Talks aplenty


As usual, the “Pursuing Medicine & Health Sciences” talk drew a large crowd on the first day of the fair.

Penang Medical College dean and head of Department of Surgery Prof N. Premnath was frank when he explained the high entry requirements, study cost and language expectations for pursuing medicine.

Dr Premnath added that securing a job after graduation was not as easy as before. International Medical University’s School of Medicine dean Prof Datuk Dr Kew Siang Tong added that the medical field is facing emerging challenges such as an ageing population, changing patterns and diseases, waves of emerging and re-emerging infections.

“Consumers and patients are also getting very sophisticated,” she said during her talk on the “Changing Landscape in Medicine”

Fair visitors trying out the career tests provided by CAREERsense@HELP.

So, medical education must adapt to these changes by incorporating technology and other skillsets, said Prof Kew.

Judging by the packed hall during the Study and Work Overseas sessions, many students were looking to further their studies in Ireland, Canada, China, the United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand, which were the focus of the talks.

The session on Ireland was presented by Ireland Enterprise International Education Services manager Terry Mc Parland.

“Ireland offers international students the ability to work part-time while studying. They can earn RM50 an hour, which can pay for food and utilities, reducing study costs,” he said.

Also, Malaysians do not need a visa to study in Ireland, and have a 12-month stay back option where they can travel or work, he added.”

Visitors checking out the talks available before the doors opened.


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Read the full story at The Star Online: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2017/01/15/30-years-on-and-making-a-difference/