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Education UK Exhibition 2009

Edward Apurba Singha

Seeking overseas degrees has become an advantage to lead in the competitive job market and ensure a shining career. This is why, every year a good number of Bangladeshi students fly off to foreign countries to pursue their higher education in both undergraduate and post graduate levels.

Private universities also pave the way to acquire overseas degree by providing credit transfer facility to their students to the affiliated foreign universities. Several local study centers of different overseas universities also draw students and professionals to accomplish their higher education. From employers’ perspective a person with an overseas degree gets preference in his/her respective profession.

Every year British Council organizes 'Education UK' exhibition with the vision to create bridge between the local students and renowned UK universities. Representatives and academic counselors from different universities during this academic exposition come to our country and interact with the local students to assess and address their needs.

This year 'Education UK' exhibition was held in Dhaka from March 8th to 9th at the Winter Garden, of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel and March 11th at the Peninsula in Chittagong. The event in Dhaka was formally opened by the Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni. According to British Council, a total of 37 UK universities and colleges have participated in the annual exhibitions.

Sharifah SAS Ahmed, International Development Manager, University of East London (UEL) apprised that around hundred Bangladeshi students are currently studying at UEL in different disciplines such as Business, Law, Social Studies, Computing etc. She said, “We always give emphasis on English language proficiency and other communication skills and in this regard we offer special courses to strengthen the capacity of the local students. One of the major strengths of UEL is its dynamic research facilities. We are rated among the top ten modern universities for research and our professionals and researchers are engaged in work of national and international importance across a wide range of disciplines. Presently, we have over 20,000 students from 120 countries”.

Barbara Kelhar, International Manager of Park Lane College Leeds said, “We have established international recruitment department and we welcome students from all over the world every year. The majority of our international students study in Leeds. We are trying to motivate Bangladeshi students by offering wide range of academic facilities and reasonable tuition fees. Park Lane College Leeds has merged with Keighley College and is now known as Park Lane College Keighley. We are now one of the largest Further Education colleges in the region with over 45,000 students”.

Representative of Birmingham City University said that this university has six major faculties such as Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Performance, Media and English, Faculty of Technology, Innovation and Development and many more. Presently, this university offers 300 courses and over 23,000 full-time and part-time students from over 80 countries study here.

A counselor of London School of Commerce (LSC) informed that all programs at LSC are accelerated which means students complete their education in a comparatively shorter period of time. This school offers cost effective and recognized British degrees in Business, Management and Information Technology. LSC has local study centre in Dhaka and students at this centre can shift to the London centre by completing at least two semesters. In addition to UK Colleges and Universities, British Council also demonstrated its different services such as IELTS courses, general English courses etc. to the visitors. Apart from this, British Council also provided printed information to the students concerning study in the UK.

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