Representatives from around 100 recognised European Higher Education Institutions were in the city recently.
As part of the European Higher Education Fair 2006, universities from countries like Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, among others set up stalls at the India Habitat Centre on Saturday and Sunday.
“Higher education is a high priority for both EU and India, as part of the overall strategy of developing relationships between the two. This educational fair is the next logical step to that,” said Anil Patni, Information Adviser, European Union (EU).
What makes this fair different from the others, according to him, is “the fact that we have seen representation from almost all EU member countries.” The fair was preceded by a symposium – ‘The Asia Link Symposium’ on Friday. This addressed policy oriented issues like recognition of degrees, student and staff mobility and exchange of curriculum development.
On Saturday and Sunday, day-long presentations were held by countries to inform students of study opportunities in that country, research in an international environment, and the like.
One of the many students who thronged the fair over the weekend, was Sunaina Chawla who aspires to pursue higher studies in German language. “What is important is that representatives from the universities are here to guide the students. And even if you don’t speak to individual representatives, the brochures give you specific information regarding the course and contact details,” said Sunaina, who was eager to know more about international study opportunities and clearly was not disappointed.
Like Sunaina, there are other students, who, as Patni puts it, “lack awareness and are misinformed when it comes to higher education. Through this fair, we aimed to make students more aware of the newer range of opportunities that are available to them.”