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KT UniExpo: ‘UAE varsities a safer option amid Covid pandemic’ – News

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The three-day 2020 ‘hybrid’ edition of KT UniExpo began on Thursday and will end today.

More students are looking at university campuses in the UAE for higher education options as Covid-19 cases surge across the globe. Several parents and students who attended day 2 of the second edition of Khaleej Times UniExpo said they have adopted a “wait and watch” approach before making a final decision.

Students met with faculties of over 40 accredited universities and colleges from across UK, Europe, USA and the Middle East, interacting physically or virtually. Some of the participating universities and boards include Heriot-Watt, SP Jain, Education in Ireland and Education Malaysia. They also took part in KT EduTalks, the interactive webinars serving admission and academic information.

The three-day 2020 ‘hybrid’ edition of KT UniExpo began on Thursday and will end today.

Safety a priority

Indian national Manish Salvi, who attended the Expo on Friday, said: “My daughter Nidhi is in Grade 12 at JSS Private School. Considering the current climate, we are trying to be safe. A lot of myths about university campuses based in the UAE were busted after our interactions at the Expo.”

Salvi said his daughter aims to take up a degree in aerospace or aeronautical engineering. “She can finish a few semesters here and then move to the UK or the US. I liked the options here at Heriot-Watt University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Wollongong University. Most universities are open to transfer programmes,” he added.

Amin Asif, Grade 12 from GEMS Our Own Indian School, said he hasn’t decided where to continue his studies. “The UAE tops my list of priorities. If the situation improves, I would look at India or Malaysia. The cultural customs there are better suited to my needs,” he said.

Diana Darya, an Iranian student of Dubai National School, is planning to pursue her studies in medicine. “I want to be safe and study as much as possible. I also want to move out of the UAE. However, I am still undecided on where to go.”

Seminars address varied topics

On one of the many online seminars, officials from Education in Ireland – Eamon Sikafi, commercial counsellor, and Jack Larkin, market advisor – spoke to prospective students and parents about the features of the Irish educational system.

The sessions also provided information on the top Irish universities. “Ireland has adopted an evidence-led approach to all challenges faced amid the pandemic. The health and safety of students remains the top priority. The education system in Ireland is committed to delivering world-class standards,” said Sikafi.

Col Anil Ahluwalia, the academic director from the Westford Education Group, also gave an in-depth seminar on time management and the relevance of social enterprise.

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com

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Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88







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