Con­clud­ing As­pi­ra­tions In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­hi­bi­tion (AIEE) 2016

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As­pi­ra­tions In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­hi­bi­tion, the largest In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­hi­bi­tion in Sri Lanka, con­cluded its 10th sea­son on 9th and 10th July 2016, at Hil­ton, Colombo. This year the theme of the ex­hi­bi­tion was “A Decade of trusted and ded­i­cated ser­vices to the stu­dent pop­u­lace of Sri Lanka” and it at­tracted 34 glob­ally re­puted uni­ver­si­ties in­clud­ing Monash Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Can­berra, Deakin Univer­sity, Swin­burne Univer­sity, RMIT Univer­sity, La Trobe Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham and Nav­i­tas group rep­re­sent­ing USA and Canada uni­ver­si­ties, higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes from New Zealand, uni­ver­si­ties from Malaysia, UK, Viet­nam and Sin­ga­pore. The ex­hi­bi­tion turned out to be a re­sound­ing suc­cess and con­firmed the trend of the past 9 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 at GCE O/L and A/L ex­am­i­na­tions.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is or­ga­nized an­nu­ally by As­pi­ra­tions Ed­u­ca­tion, which is a lead­ing ca­reer guid­ance and place­ment ser­vice cen­ter par ex­cel­lence with over a decade of ser­vice. It works with a net­work of over 100 glob­ally re­puted uni­ver­si­ties and higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes from coun­tries such as Aus­tralia, the UK, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, Viet­nam, China, UAE and newly in­tro­duced Ire­land and Nether­lands. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is known for its com­pre­hen­sive ca­reer guid­ance which has a track record of suc­cess­fully coun­sel­ing over 25,000 stu­dents free of charge over the past 12 years.

Mrs. Premila Paulraj, Re­gional Di­rec­tor for Asia of Pear­son Ed­u­ca­tion, was the chief guest at the ex­hi­bi­tion in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony and ad­dressed the gath­er­ing em­pha­siz­ing the im­por­tance of higher ed­u­ca­tion and when it comes to study­ing over­seas how im­por­tant the guid­ance and the ad­vice for stu­dents and par­ents. She also com­mended “As­pi­ra­tions Ed­u­ca­tion” for the role they have played so far and the ser­vice they have ren­dered to the stu­dents for the past decade.

In­tro­duc­ing their vi­sion, As­pi­ra­tions Ed­u­ca­tion Chair­man, Mr. Ajith Abey­sek­era spec­i­fied “At this cru­cial junc­ture in our coun­try, pro­vid­ing gen­uine ca­reer guid­ance and coun­sel­ing 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 “AIEE 2016”, would be su­per­flu­ous in car­ry­ing this out. 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 the cor­rect path, oth­er­wise they can be mis­in­formed due to a lack of proper chan­nels to dis­sem­i­nate rel­e­vant and ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion”.

The event at­tracted more than 2000 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 and highly re­puted 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 on a wide range of ar­eas such as study pro­grammes, ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties, living cost and fa­cil­i­ties, 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 En­gi­neer­ing at RMIT Univer­sity Viet­nam cam­pus which of­fers path­ways to their pres­ti­gious cam­pus in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia. They fea­tured a spe­cial work­shop on 9th July for those who are fully fo­cused to be­come fu­ture En­gi­neers which pro­vided an un­der­stand­ing on ca­reer prospects in the field of en­gi­neer­ing, ad­van­tages in study­ing in Viet­nam and how to build your fu­ture with an en­gi­neer­ing 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, and schol­ar­ships.

A spe­cial di­vi­sion, un­der the ban­ner of “As­pi­ra­tions World of Medicine” was is ini­ti­ated 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 and ac­cepted by Sri Lanka Med­i­cal Coun­cil. Ev­ery stu­dent is pro­fes­sion­ally guided through a process that is highly re­viewed by panel of med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and ed­u­ca­tion­al­ists at As­pi­ra­tions Ed­u­ca­tion. This ini­tia­tive is con­ducted with the strict su­per­vi­sion of Mr Ajith Abey­sek­era and Mrs Daphne Abey­sek­era, the Chair­man and the Co chair­per­son.

Amidst many other ben­e­fits, “As­pi­ra­tions Ap­pli­ca­tion Week” (11th-15th July) is very im­por­tant for the stu­dents and they can ap­ply for se­lected uni­ver­si­ties. 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 con­tact us through Tel: 011 2808800/1

or hot­line 0777 539 888. E-mail:info@as­pi­ra­tions.

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