As­pi­ra­tions In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­hi­bi­tion (AIEE) 2015 a huge suc­cess

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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

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