With the recent announcement of the ‘A’ Level results in Brunei, the 9th International Study Fair had proved to be a timely event organised by Findlay International (B) Sdn Bhd.

Prior to the event, eager students who were still dressed in their school uniform could be seen waiting outside the Songket Ballroom yesterday at the Rizqun International Hotel.

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The event saw a crowd of over 500 people who were given the opportunity to meet representatives from the 17 universities that were invited by Findlay from United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia.

Sunita Martin, the Managing Director of Findlay, was pleased with the number of visitors to the fair. “There were a number of school groups and parents accompanying their children, which shows that higher education is taken seriously,” she said.

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“There was also some good feedback from students that said the event was very helpful, and the information that they got from the university representatives were useful,” added Sunita.

During the event, there were also short presentations that were aimed to giving students a headstart on their university applications such as how to draft personal statements and helping them make decisions on their future courses.

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Other than meeting university representatives, the students also had the opportunity to meet and interact with professionals from local companies giving out career advice on their future profession.

We spoke to Habiibullah Said, Recruitment Advisor at Progresif on their involvement at the study fair and he explained that students are curious about local companies and mostly would like an insight on what is being done behind the scenes.

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“We introduced our establishment to them and gave them advice on their future career paths that may relate to their interests. We also try to tell them that taking a certain course does not necessarily mean that you have to stay in that specific field, and it is possible to venture outside your comfort zone,” said Habiibullah.

After this successful event, Findlay will be taking part in other study fairs that will be happening in the country as students prepare for university in the upcoming months. The education agency will also be involved in the Hala Tuju programme, where they will be conducting talks to students about higher education opportunities at various schools in the country.