Every year, the British Council Nepal organises an Education UK Exhibition which offers in-depth information to those who want to study in the UK.
In the exhibition you will:
• meet leading UK colleges and universities
• attend seminars on many interesting topics such as visa applications and scholarship options
• join interesting workshops run by the British Council and its partners
• chat with alumni who will share their experiences in the UK.
The 2014 Exhibition
Twenty five UK universities and colleges attended the Education UK exhibition in Kathmandu in February 2014. The exhibition was inaugurated by Education Secretary, Narayan Gopal Malego. UK Chargé d'affaires Guy Harrison and British Council Country Director Brendan McSharry OBE were also in attendance.
For the first time the exhibition was also run out of Pokhara, where 12 UK universities and colleges attended.
Highlights of the exhibition included one to one sessions with delegates from UK institutions, seminars about scholarship options and UK visa information from UKBA personnel.
Annie Brunt, Senior Liasion Officer at the University of Warwick shared her experience of the exhibition:
“I was very surprised to learn that Nepalese students were keen to pursue fields such as science and aerospace as well as the more common subjects like accounting or management, so that was really inspiring. Exhibitions like this enable students to have access to the right information for further study opportunities and to pursue the course that interests them.”
Nicola Seth, Regional Manager at the University of Plymouth highlighted how fruitful it was to interact with the students who were driven to pursue a quality education:
“I was personally very impressed with their level of English and academic grades. We were definitely busier than last year; the turnout at the exhibition in Kathmandu and Pokhara was amazing.”
Students shared how informative and effective such exhibitions are, particularly because they could directly acquire first-hand information. One of the students explained:
“I have a clearer understanding of UK Education now as I was able to receive factual information about the course and its costs, and scholarships available including applying for visa processes in such a short span of time.”
A student from Pokhara shared:
“We are very grateful that British Council organised such an educational event in Pokhara for the first time. The sessions with the delegates from various universities were interactive and informative and we hope there will be more universities participating in the future.”
Students also stressed that such exhibitions were very “beneficial” to them and if possible they should be held biannually. With growing demand for overseas education among young people, every year thousands of Nepalese students go abroad to pursue their higher degrees, with the top three destinations being Australia, the USA and the UK.