US education fair expands its reach

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STUDENTS and their parents residing in Kuala Belait and its vicinity can easily visit the US Higher Education Fair this year as it will also be held at Sayyidina Ali Secondary School (SMSA) for the first time.

Organised by EducationUSA and the US Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, the fair will take place at SMSA’s school hall on March 1 from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Prior to that, the first day of the fair will be held in the capital on February 29 from 2pm to 6.30pm at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.

More than 10 US universities and colleges, including a specialised technical school, are expected to take part in the fair. Participating higher education institutions include the University of Arizona, San Mateo Community College District, Murray State University, John Carroll University, Miami University, the University of Tulsa and the Aviation Institute of Maintenance.

“The fair will bring representatives - not agents, but actual representatives - from each of the participating colleges, universities and technical schools to Brunei,” Dr Edward Findlay, public affairs officer at the US Embassy, said yesterday.

Dr Findlay said the unprecedented event in Kuala Belait is meant to reach out to more students in Brunei and to ease the trip of students who want to visit the fair but live away from the capital.

EducationUSA Advisor Mayra Robles concurred with Dr Findlay, noting that representatives from the US higher education institutions have decided to stay an extra day to reach out to students not only in Kuala Belait but also in Seria and Tutong who weren’t able to attend the other education exhibitions in the past.

Robles called on students who are interested in attending the fair to be prepared by carrying out research before meeting with the representatives so they will have ideas on the admission process and structure of the US higher education system.

“We want this fair to be the most productive for the representatives of the US higher education fair and a big takeaway for Bruneians and students from Brunei who wish to learn more about higher education in the US,” she said.

Robles noted that all Bruneians currently studying in the US are doing very well as she also works very closely with an education attaché at the Embassy of Brunei in Washington, DC.

This year’s fair is scheduled to be opened by Minister of Education Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman.

The Brunei Times