StudyGlobal Fair to be held on February 2

THE StudyGlobal Fair 2019 on February 2 will provide a platform for students to personally interact with overseas university staff, government agencies, private and government funding bodies, and take part in career related seminars which will help make informed decisions of where they hope to be in a few years time. The exhibition will form a bridge linking a specific career and how to go about entering the field.

StudyGlobal Fair 2019 has attracted some 35 universities from the UK, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Netherlands. These are highly prestigious institutions or are strong on specific subjects. The universities between them should meet the needs of the students.

The exhibition will form a one-stop centre for students to fully understand their career planning – where the skills gaps are, which universities will be the right pathway to meet these needs, how to fund the studies etc. Besides overseas institutions, the event organisors, HRDS, have also invited government agencies, including Ministry of Defence (MinDef), Attorney General Chamber, Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department as well as Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd, to be present. The students will in addition have the opportunity to find out about options for funding their studies from the Ministry of Education, MinDef, as well as Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam and Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB).

The exhibition will also feature a parallel seminar session which will include career related talks that will provide an insight into specific courses and career options, as well as talks on application process and what universities are looking for.

The talks have been selected carefully to reflect the manpower shortages in Brunei, as well as highlight new programmes that have recently been developed to meet the new skills requirements created by the technological, medical and scientific breakthroughs of recent years. “We want students to 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”, said Nurqamarina binti Alim Saidi from HRDS.

“The students in Brunei can have excellent career options upon graduating, but often 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 them with the necessary material which the students can evaluate.”

The StudyGlobal Fair has attracted a number of high-ranking universities, including members of the Russel Group of Universities, UK; the Group of Eight Universities from Australia; the Setara 5* ranked universities from Malaysia; as well as off-shore UK campuses based in Malaysia. The exhibition therefore provides an excellent platform to evaluate the diverse range of programmes and make the best match that meets the students’ needs.

The attractive exchange rate against the Brunei dollar makes studying overseas appealing and this provides an excellent opportunity to obtain a world-recognised qualification that would lead to long lasting careers.

Finding the right career and study pathway is a lifetime decision.

Brunei, as a young nation, recognises the importance of knowledge-based economy and thus has a strong emphasis on capacity building. A returning student wants to make himself as employable as possible – this can be ensured by choosing a course that the country needs or provides excellent career opportunities.

StudyGlobal Fair should help the student make that important decision. The exhibition will be held on February 2 at the Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club and will be open to the public from 11am to 7pm.