“No overseas experience is more powerful or more meaningful than education,” said the U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre. She was speaking at the inauguration of The Hindu Education Plus International Education Fair. The fair, which is now in its seventh year, opened in Chennai on May 3, at the Taj Coromandel.

Speaking on the relevance of studying abroad, Ms Mac Intyre said,”There is no greater influence on international understanding – and through it on peace and progress – than that which comes from the opportunities for people of different countries and cultures to meet each other and spend time in each other’s countries.”

Despite fluctuations in the rupee, an international education has remained popular in the last few years. If the U.S. has about 100,000 Indian students pursuing higher studies, Holland has close to a 1000. This growing interest in going abroad for studies was evinced by the number of countries that had put up stalls there: U.S.A., the U.K., Russia, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, France, Poland, Sweden and Latvia included. There were about 60 stalls in all.

Ms Nirmala Lakshman, Director of Kasturi and Sons Ltd. said “The Hindu, with its commitment to building partnerships in education, is happy to take part in the fair.”

Apart from education providers, the fair also saw the participation of banks and airlines which offered special packages for students Indian Overseas Bank partnered in the fair with its offer of education loans for students; British Airways was the official airlines partner; Thomas Cook the Travel and Forex partner and Radio one the radio partner.

Seminars were held by country representatives from all countries.