Last day draws big crowd

GEORGE TOWN: The last day of the Star Education Fair 2022 at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre was packed with nervous parents and their eager children as they pondered, discussed and decided on the right courses.

Droves of people started coming in when the doors opened at 11am to inquire and register for higher education courses.

Alex Tah, 49, who was at the fair with his daughter, said this was his first time at the fair.“My daughter and I came early and it has been great checking out the booths and various options. We also spoke to the representatives to get a better insight.

“Although my daughter came with specific interests, we did enquire about other courses as well,” he said when met at the fair held at the convention centre in Bayan Lepas yesterday.

Tah’s daughter Pei Xi, 17, who just completed her International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), said she wanted to pursue a course related to biology or chemistry.

“Coming to a fair like this is really helpful because I can speak to the representatives personally and learn more about the courses.

“If I were to look it up online I would not be able to get the whole picture.

“It has been great and I think I have found what I want,” she said.

Over at the Segi University & Colleges booth, a wide array of courses was offered.

Segi College Penang principal Cheah Gaik Chiam said Segi University has four colleges around the country – in Sarawak, Penang, Subang Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

“We offer programmes ranging from health sciences, business studies, IT, engineering, culinary arts and languages to early childhood.

“All our programmes are tailored to meet the young generation’s interests,” she said.

Peninsula College Georgetown head of student recruitment Zac Koay said the college’s Ship Campus in Batu Kawan offered six diploma courses.

Four of them are for programmes for business studies, accountancy, logistics management, and travel and tourism management.

“As for the other two, one is a computer science programme and the other is an ebusiness technology programme (computer science combined with business).

“All that leads to a degree from the University of Plymouth in the UK. It was a fruitful fair as we managed to get some students to sign up for our courses,” he said.

Swinburne University of Technology Malaysia Campus’ education counselling executive Dylan Ong said parents and students were keen on the university’s foundation diploma, degree and even PhD programmes.“With there being a career fair here as well, we noticed job seekers and graduates visiting us and showing interest in post-graduate studies like Master’s and PhD,” he said.

Ong said Swinburne University traditionally offered engineering programmes and many were able to secure jobs in Penang within six months of graduation.

“These days, we are seeing interest in IT, computer science and biotechnology.

“We do still have those who go for our traditional business degrees and design degree programmes,” he added.

Organised by Star Media Group, the two-day fair boasted 31 exhibitors occupying 64 booths.

The event was held over the weekend concurrently with the myStarJob Fair.

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Professor Dr Ian Pashby

Advisor & Non-Executive Director
Peninsula Higher Education Group

Professor Ian Robert Pashby graduated from the University of Sheffield (UK) with a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgy and then worked in research and development for Rolls-Royce (aero engines). He joined the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick (UK) as a lecturer, was awarded his PhD for research in the processing of materials and subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer.

In 2000, he became Professor of Manufacturing Processes at the University of Nottingham (UK).

Professor Pashby moved to the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia Campus in 2007 to become Deputy Head. became Pro-Vice Chancellor and then CEO of the campus in 2008. Returning to the UK in 2013, he became Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Hull (UK). He moved back to Malaysia in 2017 to lead the Peninsula Higher Education Group as its Group President and in 2024 became the Advisor.