IT IS becoming increasingly important to obtain the right qualifications in an appropriate subject. The technological expertise required of the current workforce and growing competition in employment is putting pressures on recent school leavers as well as those wishing to develop their career.
Through direct interaction with staff from the participating universities at the forthcoming StudyUK Exhibition, students and parents will get bona fide and up-to-date information on a wide variety of academic and professional training options. Students are assured of on the spot counselling and high quality advice on admission procedures.
According to a press release, the StudyUK Exhibition, to be held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club on November 13 from 2pm to 7pm, will showcase a cross-section of UK universities and colleges, offering a full spectrum of courses at all levels – from HND and degree to Masters and PhD.
Requirements to continue into further studies are becoming more stringent, with strong emphasis on ‘readiness’ and ‘preparedness’ of the student and relevance of the chosen programme to the manpower needs of the country. Selection criteria have recently been introduced to assess the suitability of the student to undergo the course. It is therefore even more critical for the student to undertake detailed research into the course and career he wishes to pursue.
“The exhibition provides a perfect platform for evaluating course options, and more importantly an opportunity for the students to meet university staff personally to gain further insight into the course and new developments in their chosen field, as well as gather information on the university itself, student life and accommodation”, said Rozi Jaafar of HRD Services Global Education Link, who are the organisers of the exhibition.
“It is important that students make an informed decision about their final course selection, rather than a practice amongst some students to ‘drift’ into a programme without having much understanding of what the programme entails”, added Jaafar. “There is currently a strong interest in widening tertiary education participation in Brunei and human resources development is a key issue in the development of the nation. The students in Brunei have excellent career options upon graduating, but often they do not do enough background work to ensure that the course is right for them, and equally importantly to ensure good employment prospects upon graduating. The education exhibition therefore provides the necessary material which the students can evaluate during December and January before the ‘A’ level results come out”.
“An education exhibition is not just an opportunity for a student to go through course details with a university staff member – this can be done through the university’s website. A university representative will not only give information on the course that a student is interested in, but will also discuss with the student new developments in the programme and specific features that have been introduced into the programme, for example to incorporate new regulations”.
All participating universities are accredited by Brunei Accreditation Council.
Students are advised to do a course search on participating universities’ websites before visiting the exhibition so that they can target the universities that they want to talk to and also obtain the relevant information in a structured manner.
This year’s exhibition has attracted a number of high-ranking universities. The participating universities include Bath, Brunel, Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan, Coventry, Kent, Loughborough, Newcastle, Northumbria, Portsmouth, Reading, Queen’s Belfast, Sheffield and Southampton.
Finding the right career and study pathway is a lifetime decision. The exhibition should help the student with making that important decision.
More information can be obtained from HRD Services Global Education Link on 2232811.