StudyUK attracts over 700 hopefuls

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

OVER 700 visitors attended the StudyUK Exhibition 2013, held yesterday at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

Organised by HRD Services Global Education Link, the annual exhibition is an opportunity used by students who are considering further tertiary education in the United Kingdom.

As usual, university representatives were present to help students evaluate course options and to gather information on university life, student life, and accommodation. This time, there were 17 universities from the United Kingdom showcasing their services.

Representatives from Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council (BDNAC) and the Career Unit were also present at the exhibition.

“All the universities participating today are accredited by the Brunei Accreditation Council. This is important to know because in order for graduates to apply for jobs, especially government positions, your course or degree has to be recognised in Brunei (through the BDNAC),” said Iqbal Damit, a representative from HRD Services.

Visitors to the exhibition were presented with charts outlining the courses that were available at either the undergraduate, postgraduate, or higher national diploma level at each university.

According to Iqbal, this was to allow students who already know what they want to study to save time.

“We do not want students to experience having to line up for long periods of time for their turn at a consultation with a particular university, only to find out in the end that the course they would like to study is not even available at that university,” he explained.

Students Amir Rafiuddin and Wafi Jaafar said that it was not the first time they had attended a StudyUK exhibition.

“We’ve gone to the one that was held in Maktab Duli (where we study) before,” Wafi said.

Amir added that they are still in the midst of their ‘A’ Level examinations, but that they had took time out from their studying to attend the exhibition.

“I find it to be quite useful, to be able to get information from the universities,” he explained.

Norliza Hj Mohd Suot, who was seen with her two children, said that despite being a one-day event only, the exhibition was still quite informative.

“It’s really good that they organise education exhibitions like these, as it gives us the opportunity to learn more about further education options (for our children) in the UK.

Meanwhile, another Maktab Duli student,17-year-old Nurafilabibah Md Shafiee, said that the exhibition could be improved, as she found that there were only a small number of participating universities at the exhibition that offered courses in tourism.

The StudyUK exhibition in November is considered more of a “window shopping” experience for prospective students, Iqbal said.

“At the November session, students are able to get a feel of each university by talking to the university representatives, and are mostly still considering their prospects.

We find that students who attend the StudyUK Exhibition in February are much more ready to start applying for specific universities (after their ‘A’ Level results are out),” he further explained.

The next StudyUK Exhibition will be taking place on February 11, at the Empire Hotel & Country Club.

The Brunei Times