| Azlan Othman & Wani Roslan |
THOUSANDS of secondary, pre-university, technical and vocational students flocked to the two-day Education Malaysia Open Day organised by Malaysia’s Rexpocentral Sdn Bhd and Brunei’s Paradigm Scholars Agency at the Orchid Garden Hotel’s (OGH) Cesar Grand Hall in Anggerek Desa.
High school students received their GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level results just two days ago.
The event, which ended yesterday, was participated by some 28 reputable public and private universities from Malaysia, including Sabah and Sarawak, offering education in various fields from degrees to PhDs (Doctor of Philosophy). Over 2,500 visitors were registered on the last day.
According to David Khor SL, the Executive for International Recruitment at Sunway University, the response for the 6th edition of the annual expo was overwhelming.
“We had about 40 to 50 students coming to the Sunway University booth and some 10 to 20 students were interested to study with us because of our qualifications and partnerships,” he said.
Among Sunway University’s partners are the United Kingdom’s (UK) Lancaster University, Le Cordon Bleu from France which is renowned for hospitality and culinary programmes, as well as the Western Michigan and Victoria Universities that offer American degree programmes.
In addition to a wide range of programmes that include communication and sciences, the university also offers campus accommodation for the safety of its students.
“Brunei is a new market for us and there is a lot of interest as… (Sunway University) is more affordable compared to the UK,” he added. “It is more cost-saving as the students could obtain French, UK or US certificates from our university.”
Meanwhile, Miskiah Tijan, Director of the International Collegiate Institutions of the Management and Science University (MSU) in Shah Alam, said, “Bruneian students need international exposure in terms of education… Fees to study in Malaysia are cheaper and they could (take) the MSU’s global mobility programme to further their studies in the UK or Australia”.
Nornajlaa Nabila binti Mohammad, a student with a Diploma in Agricultural Science from Wasan Vocational School, said that she wants to take up a degree in Animal Resource Science and Management sometime this month at University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), where many Bruneians are currently studying.
Public response for the expo was very positive, especially on the first day when about 1,600 visitors registered.
“We will conduct another event in the future, bringing in more reputable universities and colleges from Malaysia,” said Steve Santhosh, the Group General Manager of Rexpocentral Sdn Bhd.