Flash floods no obstacle for BPIEF visitors
By Patricia Hului
The much anticipated seventh edition of Borneo Post International Education Fair (BPIEF) ended Feb 28 with about 6,500 visitors despite the flash floods happening around Kuching.
The visitors included some 1,000 students from 25 secondary schools from the Kuching, Samarahan, Bau and Serian areas who came to visit with 93 exhibitors manning 130 booths.
The two-day event was held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).
According to BPIEF chairman Dorge Rajah, the response this year was fairly good considering the inclement weather adding that there were more students visiting the fair especially on Saturday.
“There is a wider variety of exhibitors this year including the participations of the armed forces to enlighten the public on careers available,” he said.
Dorge pointed out this year the education fair brought genuine crowd and target audience of students who came all the way from Sibu, Bintulu and Miri to visit BPIEF.
“They were determined to visit regardless of the weather to look for information and which institution to go to further their studies.
“As for next year’s BPIEF, I hope for good weather in addition to more crowds,” he added.
Exhibitors such as SEGI College Sarawak, UCSI University, University of Southampton, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Curtin University, UCTS and Yayasan Sarawak set up striking booth designs to brighten up the education fair.
There were at least 10 speakers during the reach-out programme and sharing sessions.
Among them was entrepreneur, educator and writer Esther Law who motivated her audience to know where they are in their lives and encouraging them to put their dreams to the test.
Other activities held were a two-day blood donation drive by Sarawak General Hospital, baking demo, make up and massage sessions.
BPIEF is a Borneo Post corporate social responsibility, a project that aims to give something back to the community and the readers that have supported the company throughout the years.
It is also organised to complement the state governments effort in education for all by bringing in various institutions from around the world so both students and parents can access to information on the options for furthering studies or getting certified for skills acquired for the job.
For more information on the next BPIEF, check out www.bpief.com.