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'Ignite Your Future' at the Education UK Exhibition 2013

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PRESS RELEASE: “IGNITE YOUR FUTURE” AT THE EDUCATION UK EXHIBITION 2013 ORGANISED BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL

The Education UK Exhibition is back, with the biggest number of participating institutions in recent memory - forty one universities and colleges. The exhibition opens to the public at The Indera Samudra Grand Hall, Empire Hotel & Country Club on Wednesday 13 February from 1pm to 7pm; and at Maktab Duli PMAMB Sixth Form on Thursday 14 February from 9.30am to 1pm.

British High Commission, Rob Fenn, said: “(The Exhibition will be) an education festival. We have a host of British universities and colleges in town, and several strands of activity to help them interact with Brunei’s own education establishment and the general public. But the most important meetings which each of these institutions will have in Brunei are with prospective students and their families. That’s where something does or doesn’t “click” – and a young person’s future can ignite”.

At both locations (Empire and Maktab Duli), representatives of institutions participating in the exhibition will be on hand to offer advice to students on a wide range of topics: courses, fees, accommodation – every aspect of studying in the UK.  The exhibition seeks to serve as a one-stop-shop for future scholars, as experts from the Ministry of Education, including the Scholarship Unit and the National Accreditation Council, will be there to guide visitors on procedures for applying for scholarships. CfBT will also present, to help with queries about the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - that or another certificate of proficiency in English is an entry requirement for UK Universities; and also in the visa application process (on which information and contact details will be available at the Exhibition). The British Council will also be there to assist with applications and pre-departure information.

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Rob Fenn said, “My favourite feature of these exhibitions is the enthusiastic help we get from those who have already graduated from British universities, several of whom give up their precious time to attend our show. Anyone thinking of following in their footsteps can take one of them aside into a quiet corner, and ask what it was really like. Other UK alumni will be present “virtually”, since we will be screening entries to our Digital Scrapbook Competition from previous years. These short films allow visitors to the exhibition to see British universities through the eyes of Bruneians on the spot”.

Seminars will flow concurrently with the exhibition, enabling participants to drop in on in-depth presentations from one of the institutions. These will focus on topics of general interest, such as “Choosing What and Where to Study”; “Tips on Structuring Your Personal Statement”; “Applying for Postgraduate Study in the UK” and “Studying at a UK College”. Other seminars will address more specialised subjects, such as “Engineering and Geology Programmes for the Oil and Gas Industry”; Studying Chemistry in the UK”; and “Hospitality and Tourism”. These seminars are open to all visitors – with prizes on offer to those who participate in a feedback survey, and a chance to win a surprise gift for all those attending.

Rob Fenn added: “We aim to make these occasions a fun day out for the whole family. This year we have thought harder about photo opportunities, with students dressed in traditional British costumes, and opportunities to pose in a photo frame or a trade-mark red telephone booth! We also recognise the enduring appeal of i-stuff. Everyone who pre-registers with us at bn.edukexhibitions.org before Wednesday 13 February stands a chance to win one of four Ipad2 (32GB) which we are giving away”.
For more details, such as the list of participating institutions and seminar schedules, please visit www.ukinbrunei.fco.gov.uk.

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