KARACHI: A huge turnout of students and the general public was witnessed on the second and last day of Express Career and Education Expo 2017 held on Sunday at the Expo Centre.
The education expo, organised by the Express Media Group, was held with the aim to provide career counseling opportunities and ideas for young students under one roof. Over 58 stalls were set up by 15 universities from across the country. Scientist Dr Attaur Rahman inaugurated the education expo on Saturday. He visited various stalls and met students who were attending the expo.
Not just universities but many consultancy firms also set up their stalls at the expo to assist students with admissions abroad. Along with students, their parents also attended the expo and visited the stalls.
The Expo Centre’s Hall II was crowded with students who wanted to get information about different universities. Ifral Jamshed, one of the participants, said she wants to pursue higher education in textile design. “Therefore, my friends and I have come here to see what this expo is offering us and no doubt, we are going home with lots of information,” she added.
“The best thing is that we have all the major universities here under one roof and information is easily accessible,” said Muhammad Tahir Iqbal, a participant of the expo. He had collected brochures of different universities for his son who has recently completed his intermediate. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Iqbal said his son wants to study business, which is why they visited stalls of universities that are offering business programmes.
Different activities were organised for participants in Expo Centre’s Hall III. Various competitions were held among different universities. Tabani School of Accountancy secured first position in the advertising campaign competition, while Iqra University and PAF-KIET were the runners-up. Iqra University bagged first position in singing competition, while the runners-up were PAF-KIET and Sir Syed University of Engineering Technology.
Iqra University also managed to secure first position in photography competition while NED and Preston universities were the runners-up. Shields were distributed among participants by Nadeem Murad and Mehboob Elahi, senior marketing executives of the Express Media Group.
The dance competition was won by Greenwich University, while Iqra University and Arena Multimedia were the runners-up. Aleena Ahmed, a participant of the dance competition, said the event provided them with not just entertainment but with opportunities to get information about universities.
Participating universities were divided into two categories of platinum and gold partners of the expo. The platinum partners included Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, DHA Suffa University, PAF-KIET, Iqra University and Oxford University Press. The gold partners included Sindh Madrassatul Islam University, Fatima Jinnah Dental College, Habib University, Usman Institute of Technology, Maritime Training Institute, United Medical and Dental College, Barrett Hodgson University and Superior College.