| Danial Norjidi |
THE StudyUK Exhibition went into full swing yesterday at The Empire Hotel & Country Club bringing together 14 top universities from the United Kingdom.
The exhibition, organised by HRDS Education Services, gave prospective local applicants the opportunity to get some face time with the participating universities, allowing them to get to know more about the courses on offer as well as the requirements they will need to meet.
As a representative of HRDS Education Services explained yesterday, the event was held to help local students and other prospective applicants in making the important decision of where and what to study.
“We’re holding it at this time so that they have enough time to do all the preparation and all the background work. The universities featured at this exhibition are in an advisory role – to advise the students, to help them see if they are eligible, what courses and modules are offered, what the advantages are of particular courses, and what career opportunities could follow. It is also catered for people who are in-service.”
The universities that took part were the University of Bath, Brunel University London, Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Coventry University, University of Kent, Loughborough University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, University of Portsmouth, University of Reading, Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Sheffield and the University of Southampton.
The exhibition was held in the lead-up to the next big StudyUK Exhibition, which will be taking place in February next year, where participants can actually submit their applications.
The aim of yesterday’s event was to lay down the foundation of the information applicants will need when making a decision about the course that they intend to take and where they intend to take it.
The timing of the exhibition was in line with the participating universities actually being in the region for other concurrent events. As it was shared, the next exhibition in February 2015 will feature many more universities.
This is a platform for applicants to ascertain exactly what is on offer and what they need to do to get it.
“It is important for students to do the right background work into the courses and into a particular career. The universities really want the students to succeed, and it’s really important for them to ask as many questions as possible, talk to different people, as well as speak to people in the profession they are aspiring to,” said the representative.
HRDS Education Services represents universities from the UK, Australia and Malaysia in Brunei Darussalam, working with more than 90 universities from these three countries, and acting as a bridge between these universities and the prospective applicants. They also work to help applicants find the right course and the right programme to meet their requirements.
The company’s counselling and university placement service is free, as HRDS is a direct contractual representative for the universities that they promote. The only charges that a student needs to incur are the application fees and courier fees (if any).
In addition, HRDS also offers PTE Academic – an English proficiency test that students can take, which assesses their ability to speak, listen, read and write in English. The test is recognised by Australia and the UK for student visas, and is recognised by top universities as a replacement for other proficiency tests.
“One of the strengths of the company is that it gives impartial information on universities, information that is of genuine interest to the students. We are not pushing the students into any particular programme or course, but simply trying to help them identify the right courses,” added the representative.