A GROWING ATTENDANCE AT THE STUDY IN EUROPE FAIR
By: Tony Manyangadze
Exhibitors from partnering countries at this year’s Study In Europe Fair are so far pleased with the attendance and are anticipating that the numbers are going to increase on the event’s last day.
“A fair amount of students have been coming into the venue, most of them are undergraduates who a not yet legible to apply as the scholarship only caters for students who want to peruse their Masters and Doctorate degrees,” said Penny van Zyl, International Academic Programmes Office Coordinator: Exchange and SSA student Life.
Van Zyl was moved by the enthusiasm that the undergraduates students have portrayed. She feels that “Its good for them to come and enquire about these scholarships. It motivates them to work hard,” she said.
Katrien Vanelven, International Cooperation and Programmes Unit from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven) shared similar sentiments.
“Most of them are undergrads, it’s a good thing because they can go and prepare and I am hoping the numbers will increase as the day progresses,” Vanelven said.
On the side of the students, zeal and zest could be noticed from a distance. Studying abroad is, according to most students, a dream come true.
“This initiative is greatly appreciated. Its sad to note that most students are not sure on how they can further their studies after their National Diploma or Bachelor of Technology. So making available such a platform for students to study abroad is the way to go,” said Uveer Kaladin, a Masters student and Financial Accounting Lecturer at the Durban University of Technology.
Even first-year students were keen to ask. Thandeka Manukuza, who is doing her first year, also came to enquire about the scholarship for when she finishes her Bachelor of Technology in years to come. Call it planning ahead.
“I got a lot of information like how one can apply to go and study abroad. I now know the different programmes that are on offer because I have spoken to the representatives of the universities in person. Its better than to get the information from the Internet,” she said while nicely packing all the brochures and goodies she was given by the exhibitors.
The curtains of the Study in Europe Fair are going to be rolled down tomorrow.