KUCHING: Education New Zealand and University of Southampton are among the higher education heavyweights that will feature at The Borneo Post International Education Fair (BPIEF) 2016.
The seventh edition of BPIEF—The Borneo Post’s community service project— will take place on Feb 27–28 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).
Over the past six years, the state’s largest education fair had attracted about 44,000 visitors.
With 20 exhibitors confirmed to date, including Swinburne University of Technology, SEGi University and Colleges, UCSI University, Sunway College, Executive College and Curtin University, BPIEF expects some 10,000 visitors at next year’s event.
“We view education, whether formal or informal, as being necessary to becoming better informed citizens and better equipped to cope with the challenges of life in the 21st century.
“When you talk about human capital, we would like to see students continue their studies beyond Form 5 education. Therefore, they need information on pursuing their tertiary education.
“BPIEF’s main objective is to provide information on tertiary education, financial assistance services and counselling for students on their career path,” Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah told a press conference here yesterday.
Also present were BPIEF chairman Dorge Rajah and secretariat member Valerie Pawa Lang.
Fatimah, also BPIEF patron, added that students would be able to find all disciplines of studies, including those for technical and vocational institutions.
Working adults who had not had the opportunity to study before could also look at getting qualifications with institutions that cater for working adults.
Among side activities planned for the two-day exhibition are education and career talks, blood donation drive, and `Reach Out’ programme.
Dorge, meanwhile, said institutes that registered early would get an early-bird discount of about 30 per cent. Loyal participants would enjoy a 20 per cent booth discount.