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All ears: Students seeking details of courses in foreign universities at the ‘Education Matters Overseas Education Exhibition‘ in Vijayawada on Sunday.
All ears: Students seeking details of courses in foreign universities at the ‘Education Matters Overseas Education Exhibition‘ in Vijayawada on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

Students give an enthusiastic response with most of them showing interest in IT

VIJAYAWADA: Students looking for higher education opportunities in foreign universities had a chance for a direct interaction with the representatives of nearly 11 universities and agencies from the UK, Australia and Germany at the “Education Matters Overseas Education Exhibition” held at The Gateway Hotel on Sunday.

“Education Matters”, a Chennai-based international education consulting company, organised the exhibition to help aspiring students in the city and surrounding areas realise their dreams of overseas education. It was the third such exhibition being held here after Chennai and Madurai. The Hindu Education Plus was the official media partner for the exhibition.

Besides providing full information on a wide range of courses, admission procedures and eligibility criterion, the representatives of foreign universities also considered some students for spot admissions. Nearly 500 students registered by noon and the organisers expected to cover over a 1,000 students in all by the close of the exhibition.

“This exhibition is meant to provide everything to a student under one roof. Students are able to meet foreign representatives and freely discuss various possibilities,” said Vijay Nair, director, Education Matters.

He said that in these days of recession and its impact on overall opportunities, students should have to increase their qualification and go for higher education. Study opportunities abroad came as the best bet for creating better future careers for the youth, he pointed out.

The students accorded an enthusiastic response to the exhibition with most of them showing interest in IT, management and other courses. The universities and agencies that participated in the event included Staffordshire University, University of Plymouth, Liverpool Hope University, University of Teesside, University of Leicester, E Thames Graduate School, University of Northampton, British Council, German Academic Council, James Cook University, Education Centre of Australia and Victoria University.

Ashima, education marketing manager of Victoria University, said Indians constituted 12 per cent of international students in their university. Most Indian students preferred to join the masters’ programmes in computer science and ERP (enterprise resource planning) because of the opportunities that would come for their permanent residency there on completion of the course.

Puneet Malhotra, regional head, University of Northampton, said they were offering exemption from tuition fee for students having more than 70 per cent marks in their UG courses.

The students enquired about scholarships, costs, application process and visa requirements.


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