Concluding Aspirations International Education Exhibition (AIEE) 2016
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.