Oasis for study prospects
VISITORS to Star Education Fair 2016 at SPICE Centre, Penang, this weekend would definitely be overwhelmed by the seemingly exhaustive choices of tertiary courses and career opportunities available.
The nation’s largest education fair will once again bring together top institutions and industry experts to help students chart their future pathways.
This is the best place for them to gain valuable insights pertaining to courses, facilities, fees, campus life and other details.
There is a wealth of information on a wide range of certificate, foundation, diploma, vocational, degree, twinning, distance learning and postgraduate studies as well as professional qualifications.
Don’t worry if you are undecided about what to do after completing the SPM and STPM. Meet with education consultants representing over 90 Malaysian and foreign exhibitors occupying some 260 booths.
The largest booths are taken up by KDU University College, INTI University and DISTED College.
Other participants include Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Quest International University Perak, SEGi University & Colleges, ATIC International College, Equator College and Goon International College.
Also on board are International Medical University ( IMU), Malaysian Allied Health Sciences Academy ( MAHSA), Management & Science University ( MSU), Penang Skills Development Centre ( PSDC), SENTRAL College Penang and The One Academy Penang.
Institutions offering Australian, British and American programmes will also be at the fair along with exhibitors from Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and Switzerland.
Visitors will also get to listen to education and career talks by the experts and find out about scholarship opportunities, especially The Star Education Fund, at the Level 2 Pre- Function Area.
Topics to be covered are ‘ Options After SPM’, ‘ Funding Higher Education’, ‘ Study and Work Overseas’, ‘ Engineering’, ‘ The World of IT and Design’, ‘ Pursuing Medicine and Health Sciences’, and ‘ Other Interesting Careers’.
There will also be informative sessions on ‘ Changing The World Through Idea Generation’ by KDU and ‘ How to Best Equip Yourself in the Competitive World’ by INTI.
SP Setia Berhad Group is the sole sponsor of the talks, contributing RM20,000 in cash as part of its corporate social responsibility to promote the importance of education for the younger generation.
Eligible students may apply for The Star Education Fund which is offering 241 scholarships worth RM11.4 mil with its 26 partners in education this year. The bond- free scholarships cover a wide range of fields and disciplines from entry- level courses to postgraduate education, professional studies to vocational training.
There will also be a Career Interest Testing to be conducted by DISTED College at the Concourse Level. Students can take a simple test to determine their areas of interest.
On hand to cater meals to the exhibitors and organisers is Saffron Cafe Penang, a semi fine dining outlet located within Lot 33 @ Prangin Mall. The cafe serves a variety of delectable Western food.
To know more about Saffron, please contact 04- 2505502 or check out its Facebook page at Facebook: Saffron Cafe Penang.
Visitors will also get a treat from Permanis Sdn Bhd which had sponsored its Gatorade Isotonic Sports Drink. Those who register at the fair will each get a free bottle of the energy drink on a first come, first served basis.
Spin & Win Contest
The excitement at the Star Education Fair will be further escalated by the Spin & Win Contest offering fabulous prizes worth RM30,000.
Up for grabs are seven grand prizes per day — Samsung Galaxy A7 ( 2016 model), Samsung Galaxy Tab A, Fitbit Charge HR Wristband, branded power bank, shopping and beverage vouchers.
Other attractive goodies consist of mini fans, mosquito repellents, pen drives, perfumes, hotel stays, buffet vouchers, facial and hair treatment vouchers, theme park entrance passes and laser OPS.
Nestle Products Sdn Bhd has come in with a RM10,000 sponsorship of its new Nescafe Creamy Roast, the finest blend of Arabica and Robusta coffee beans, perfectly roasted and blended with milk, for the most intense coffee experience ever.
Another main sponsor is Lot 33 @ Prangin Mall with a sponsorship of food vouchers worth RM10,000. Located at the sub- basement of the mall, Lot 33 comprises a convention hall with over 57,000sq ft to meet all types of event requirements and a host of F& B outlets.
For the second consecutive year, McDonald’s will be sponsoring meals for the event’s volunteers and ‘ Be Our Guest’ cards totalling over RM12,000 as part of the contest prizes.
Lending their support are also 1881 Chong Tian Hotel and Perfect Food Manufacturing ( Julie’s biscuits).
The former is giving away accommodation vouchers for its Super Deluxe rooms and President Suite as well as set meal vouchers while the latter is contributing 1,000 packets of its delicious Love Letters.
Rounding up the sponsors list are KDU University College, Hotel Neo+ Penang, CHM Hotels Penang, Lone Pine Hotel, Lost World of Tambun, Kidland Penang, Starbucks and Kyoton Penang ( instant prawn mee paste).
It is so easy to participate; simply cut out the entry form from The Star newspaper tomorrow and Sunday to redeem a spin at the wheel. Kindly take note that the entry form is only valid for redemption on the date of publication.
The Star will be sold at the Circulation booth on both days.
Do also take advantage of the ePaper bundle packages during the fair. A year’s new subscription of The Star newspaper and ePaper is at RM360 while renewal is at RM280.
New subscriptions come with 10 spins at the wheel and renewals get five spins. Both will also receive a RM20 shopping voucher.
The Star Education Fair 2016 is open from 11am to 7pm.
Admission is free.
A group of students taking a wefie during Star Education Fair 2015 at SPicE centre in relau, Penang.