A truly global ed­u­ca­tion

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AUG Stu­dent Ser­vices to­gether with Aus­tralian Ed­u­ca­tion Assess­ment Ser­vices (AEAS) will hold an Aus­tralian Schools Ex­hi­bi­tion in Kuala Lumpur.

This event has been held an­nu­ally for more than 20 years and at­tracted some of the most pres­ti­gious schools in Aus­tralia. This year, the ex­hi­bi­tion will be held on Sun­day, July 2, at One World Ho­tel, Pe­tal­ing Jaya, from 2pm to 6pm and ad­mis­sion is free.

The event of­fers prospec­tive stu­dents and their par­ents the op­por­tu­nity to meet with school prin­ci­pals or ad­mis­sions man­agers in per­son and to dis­cuss their ed­u­ca­tion op­tions with ex­pe­ri­enced ed­u­ca­tion in­dus­try coun­sel­lors from AUG.

AUG Stu­dent Ser­vices re­gional di­rec­tor James Kon says, “Events like th­ese are re­ally the best way for stu­dents to un­der­stand the wide range of ed­u­ca­tion op­tions avail­able in Aus­tralia.

“Speak­ing to school rep­re­sen­ta­tives face to face gives you the best sense of what each school of­fers. It trumps an In­ter­net search or even an in-depth dis­cus­sion with an ed­u­ca­tion coun­sel­lor.”

With di­rect flights from Malaysia to all ma­jor Aus­tralian cities and six to eight hours’ flight times to the east coast of Aus­tralia, it’s clear why Aus­tralia con­tin­ues to be the “lo­cal” in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion of choice for Malaysian stu­dents.

AEAS manag­ing di­rec­tor Tracey O’Hal­lo­ran says, “AEAS has been work­ing with Malaysian stu­dents en­rolling in Aus­tralian schools for over 30 years. Re­search con­ducted by AEAS shows that par­ents are choos­ing Aus­tralia be­cause it of­fers qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, a safe study­ing en­vi­ron­ment and has a truly mul­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety.

“Aus­tralia has been a tra­di­tional in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion for Malaysian stu­dents for years now.

“Stu­dents who at­tend high school in Aus­tralia are well po­si­tioned for en­try to some of the finest uni­ver­si­ties in Aus­tralia and around the world. Many par­ents who com­pleted high school and univer­sity stud­ies in Aus­tralia are now send­ing their chil­dren here to study, ini­tially at school and then later at one of the many high­qual­ity uni­ver­si­ties in Aus­tralia.

“It’s ob­vi­ous Malaysian par­ents see the value of study­ing in Aus­tralia when they are send­ing their chil­dren on the same path­way.

“Although the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional schools in Malaysia is in­creas­ing, study­ing abroad still of­fers more ad­van­tages to stu­dents.

“Many fam­i­lies are fo­cused on im­prov­ing English lan­guage skills through English medium in­struc­tion and that’s great, but study­ing abroad of­fers more than just im­proved English skills.

“We find stu­dents who study abroad are more con­fi­dent, more fo­cused and more independent. They also have a global out­look and are com­fort­able liv­ing in an in­ter­na­tional set­ting. Fu­ture em­ploy­ers will be look­ing for global cit­i­zens and skills de­vel­oped study­ing abroad will be in­valu­able in the fu­ture job mar­ket.”

The 2017 Aus­tralian Schools Ex­hi­bi­tion show­cases 10 schools from Queens­land, South Aus­tralia, Vic­to­ria and West­ern Aus­tralia.

The schools rep­re­sent Aus­tralia’s best ed­u­ca­tion of­fer­ings in co­ed­u­ca­tion, boys only and girls only schools.

Th­ese schools of­fer day, board­ing or home­s­tay ac­com­mo­da­tion and a va­ri­ety of cur­ricu­lum op­tions rang­ing from High School Cer­tifi­cate, the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate (IB) Diploma pro­gramme and Foun­da­tion Stud­ies.

■ Log on to http://aeas.com.au/ par­ents-stu­dents/over­view/ for a full list of par­tic­i­pants.

*Ap­point­ments to dis­cuss Aus­tralian ed­u­ca­tion can also be made with any AUG branch through­out Malaysia. Call 012-969 9015 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Stu­dents who at­tend high school in Aus­tralia are well po­si­tioned for en­try to some of the finest uni­ver­si­ties in Aus­tralia and around the world.

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