BPIEF a must-see for education prospects
By Jude Toyat
More than 10, 000 people are expected to attend the Borneo Post International Education Fair (BPIEF) 2016 to be held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) from Feb 27-28, 10am to 6pm.
As the destination of choice for aspiring students to gain insight about their future prospects in education, the fair is a great platform for them to have face-to-face interaction with representatives from a wide variety of colleges and universities that will be on-hand to meet and offer advice on their studies as well as the best route to employment through further education.
For Lorenzo Isaac Anthony, a 20-year-old student from SMK Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Gapor, BPIEF provides a really good opportunity for people especially Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) graduates.
“It is a great platform for students to find out about the really important issues such as funding, where to study, the cost of living and whether they should do it full-time or by distance learning,” he said, adding that he had been to BPIEF three times.
“This year, I am expecting to gain more exposure in the education industry and hope to see more quality programmes for higher education needs at the fair. I would also like to survey a range of programmes from local or private institution through BPIEF, as well as those that can help in terms of financial assistance,” said the STPM graduate who aspires to become a counsellor, teacher or psychologist.
Lorenzo, who enjoys studying human behaviour, mentioned that he would like to further his degree in the field of arts or business.
“Sarawak has so much potential and is very rich with highly talented people and untapped opportunities.
“Through BPIEF, I hope more people will be encouraged to pursue their dreams and I believe that creative fields will provide more youth to explore the opportunities in the creative and niche markets thus promoting local heritage,” he added.
Helena Vanissa Humphrey has always considered BPIEF a great platform for students like her to realise their needs for further education and training aspirations.
“I have been to BPIEF a few times and this year I hope more exciting activities will be held during the duration of BPIEF 2016 including talks on career and future plans for the school leavers that can motivate and guide them on choosing the right course.
“I hope that the fair can also include talks from famous celebrities such as Rosyam Nor, Dr Fazley Yaakob, and Soo Wincci who is a PhD Doctorate student in the field of Business Administration at Open University Malaysia, just to name a few in the future,” said the SPM leaver who hopes to further her tertiary studies at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology for Diploma in Mass Communication.
For someone who never been to BPIEF before like Isaac Anderson, 17, he hopes to explore more learning opportunities at the fair especially on the courses offered by participating colleges and universities that suits his ambition to become an engineer.
“There are a few courses that I wish to further my studies in including administration, human resources or mechanical engineering courses.
“I believe BPIEF can be of great help for me because I read the reviews online and in the newspaper which has useful information about participating higher learning institutions that will surely guide me in securing a better future,” he said.
Meanwhile, for Nicholas Zechariah Bonnie, a 21-year-old Bidayuh student of Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) at Swinburne Sarawak, he hopes to see more variety of colleges and universities.
“I have been to BPIEF twice after I finished my Form 5, in 2013 and 2014. This year, I hope to see a variety of universities that I will be interested in and ones that I could qualify to enter based on my qualifications and interests. I will mostly go for international universities that have a campus here in Kuching and mostly be interested in courses such as arts and business,” said Nicholas who aspires to own a public relations firm in the future.
For Shelbie Diana, she became interested in the education fair after she completed her SPM.
“While school has done its part in exposing your path after high school, BPIEF on the other hand provides the platform for students to learn from the industry experts offered by private and government sectors,” said the 20-year-old law student at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
Shelbie has been to BPIEF twice, after SPM and STPM and this year she expects well informed talks given to attendees so everyone is well prepared for the course they are choosing.
“Two years ago, attendees were graced with the traditional Maori dance – the Haka – from the participating New Zealand institutions.
“I hope to see a variety of such surprises as students should also be equipped to know a country’s lifestyle should they choose to study abroad,” she said.
Shelbie who is currently reading law at a public university mentioned that it would be nice to have more law school booths participating in BPIEF.
“For those in my shoes right now, maybe there should also be a talk for parents too to know the realities of what their children are going to pursue in university.
“The prospects are wide, we need a greater approach to reach the targeted talent capacity, and for me, BPIEF has also done a great part in fostering talent and increasing skill among students,” she added.
The BPIEF is a two-day event that will see more than 90 exhibitors from local and international higher learning institutions as well as other study providers participating and will be well-worth attending by anyone who recognises the importance of education.
It is the only time that people – especially students – can see everyone coming together and get the feel for the differences among various institutions offering various courses, whether you are interested in furthering your studies or in advancing in your career.
Those interested to learn more about the fair can visit the official website at www.bpief.com.