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Education UK Exhibition 2013: The Event

Greetings Readers! There was a great vibe at the Education UK Education last week. A mix of about 40 colleges and universities were represented, and there were students, parents and teachers at every corner. I went around asking the students why they wanted to study in the UK, and things like “a strong reputation for a great education”, “family tradition - my parents studied there”, “the cultural diversity” and “it’s a beautiful place” were themes across many of the responses.

"Why do you want to study in the UK?" from last year's exhibition

These exhibitions are pivotal events as students and parents get to meet representatives from different educational institutions. Given undergraduate courses start generally in the latter part of the year, at this stage some students are still deciding on what to do and where to go. It is good to do your own online research about a university’s achievements and menu of courses available, but my preference would be to actually spend time with a university representative. In my opinion, this is one of the reasons why these exhibitions are so important.

I also spoke with a few representatives, asking the question “Why is your school popular among students?” From the Kensington College of Business – “we are a British college, based in the central part of London, very close to Oxford Street, China Town and Coventry Gardens…our fees are very reasonable, and we specialise in business studies”. From Keele University – “it is a very beautiful campus, one of the largest green campuses in the UK…it is a safe, secure and social environment for students in a campus university, and the students are never more than five minutes from lectures or leisure facilities…our dual honours degrees are also very attractive as this makes students more employable post-graduation”. From the University of Bedfordshire – “we have been going through a period of sustained development, strategically investing in student services and resources, prioritising the whole student experience”.

Were you there? What did you think of the exhibition this year? Did it meet expectations? Do share in the comment section below. For more information about studying in the UK, visit the UK in Brunei website and Facebook Fanpage.

Photographs from Day 1 of the exhibition at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel

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