Aspirations International Education Exhibition (AIEE) 2015 a huge success
The Global Education Exhibition for the 9th consecutive year ends …
Aspirations International Exhibition, the largest International Education Exhibition in Sri Lanka, concluded its 9th season on 12th July 2015, at Hilton, Colombo. This year the exhibition attracted more than 25 globally reputed universities including Monash University, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Deakin University, Swinburne University, RMIT University, La Trobe University, University of Westminster and USA Study Group with its theme “The education super highway to your world of Aspirations!”. The exhibition turned out to be a resounding success and confirmed the trend of the past 8 years. The exhibition created an exclusive hub for students to interact with the universities directly and conveniently. As in the past years, since its inception this annual event attracted a large number of parents accompanied by students who are at crucial junctures of their lives such as O/L and A/L examinations.
The inauguration ceremony was graced by Chief Guest Prof. Archt. M. Lalith De Silva - Dean - Faculty of Architecture University of Moratuwa, Former president, Sri Lanka Institute of Architects and Proprietor at Habitat Chartered Architects & Engineers, SL and Guest of HonourDr. GaminiWickramasinghe , Founder and Chairman of the Informatics Group and the former Chairman of Bank of Ceylon, Dr. John Duncan, Director, Deakin College, All the foreign dignitaries, AjithAbeysekera, Chairman, Daphne Abeysekera, Co-Chairperson, DeepamalaAbeysekera, Managing Director of Aspirations Education and DrInduwaraWeerakkody , Group Consultant of Aspirations Education Group of Companies.
The Chief Guest Prof. Archt. M. Lalith De Silva iterated “Aspirations Education Foundation, hand in hand with Aspirations Education is looking after the underprivileged community, which is a responsibility of all of us in the corporate sector. Career guidance is very important for one’s life to select the best career because you are directed to the world of work after that. Select your career, build up your career, be a leader and fulfill your corporate responsibilities. That is the ASPIRATIONS! That is the objective. It’s not just about earning money. As MrAbeysekara, Chairman of Aspirations Education also explained, it’s not just a busi- ness it’s a about the service you render to the country.”
The event attracted more than 3000 visitors over the two days. Keen students and their parents who visited the event reaped the benefits of the exhibition by exploring the study options available for them in internationally accredited Universities and higher education institutes. The exhibition catered to the needs of these enthusiastic students by providing a unique opportunity to have ‘one on one’ interviews with the university representatives. This provided an exclusive platform for students to gain information about wide range of areas such as study programmes, career opportunities, living cost and conditions, availability of accommodation, transport and other practical aspects pertaining to studying abroad.
The special features of this year’s exhibition included a unique station on Science and Medical studies abroad and an opportunity to explore into a scientific career. The Exhibition also introduced a new range of options for students to study in world class universities at lower cost, which includes options for transfer, lower cost destinations and scholarships.
Unveiling “Aspirations World of Medicine” …
The exhibition also unveiled one innovative initiatives by Aspirations Education Research Unit. A deeply integrated “Aspirations world of Medicine” was launched parallel to the inauguration of the exhibition. “Aspirations World of Medicine” is an initiative by Aspirations Education to provide high quality medical education consulting services to Sri Lankan students aspiring to become Doctors. Aspirations Education possesses strong partnership with a number of prestigious international Medical universities in Australia, Malaysia, China and UK that meet the high standards of the Sri Lankan Medical Profession. Every student is professionally guided through a process that is highly reviewed by panel of medical professionals and educationalists at Aspirations Education. Professional Review Panel includes Dr. I.U Weerakkody, Dr D.C.D.J Abeysekera, Dr D.S Wickramanayake, Mrs. H.G.A Gunathilake, Ms D.K.D.J Abeysekera, andMr A. S Withanaarachchi.
Dr I.U Weerakkody, Group Consultant , Aspirations Education stated “Parallel to the launch of “education super highway” we are delighted to present “Aspirations world of medicine” an initiative focus on high quality medical education career guidance. As world of medicine was initiated as a solution for the all the problems faced by the parents and the children before selecting the universities and after completing the degree programs. Career guidance professionals, educationalists, medical doctors have come together by networking the best medical universities in the world to provide free comprehensive career guidance. We hope to raise the standards of foreign medical education and to give hope to the parents and to the students who wish to enter one of the noblest professions in the world”
Introducing their vision, the Aspirations Group Chairman, Mr. AjithAbeysekera specified “At this crucial juncture in our country, providing genuine career guidance and counselling to students keeping their interests and aspirations at heart, is all important in giving hope to a new generation through a sound education and no amount of hard work such as organizing ‘Aspirations 2015, The education super highway to your world of Aspirations!’ would be superfluous to carry out this mandate. It is, in fact, the only way to chart a new beginning for Sri Lanka. One main aim of organizing the exhibition was to inform students who can afford to look for higher education options in universities and institutes abroad, who might be misinformed due to a lack of proper channels to disseminate relevant and accurate information”.
Amidst many other offers, “Aspirations Application Month” (11th-17th July) is one of the most popular where selected universities will waive off the Application fee during this period.Those who missed the exhibition could still contact Aspirations Education to obtain benefits and incentives made available to them at the exhibition by certain universities and institutions.
For more information visit the head office at No. 267/20, Samagi Mawatha, Nawala Road, Nawala, or the website www.aspirations.edu.lkor
Ajith Abeysekera, Mrs. Daphne Abeysekera
Dr. Gamini Wickramasinghe, Dr. John Duncan, AjithAbeysekera
Dr. Induwara Weerakkody
Prof. M. Lalith De Silva