Students in Lahore chatted to representatives from universities in the UK and America at a virtual education fair yesterday.
The “One-on-One Virtual Education Fair” was organised by Success Factor, an independent education consultancy group. Students spoke in real time with representatives from 65 universities about their education concerns.
Students asked the reps about a number of topics including admission requirements, student life and the expenses involved in pursuing an education abroad.
Higher education industry experts claim that on average, close to 10,000 Pakistani students head abroad for higher education every year.
It is thought that many higher education institutions do not send representatives to Pakistan even though the market for students who want to go abroad for education is lucrative. Success Factor saw a gap in the market and created the virtual education fair to allow students to interact with the reps.
Success Factor’s regional director Hassan Baweja said, “Education consultants should be monitored by government officials so people can avoid shysters.” He added that, “more than 6,500 consultants work in the country and 95 per cent are fake. They do nothing more than confuse students, making tall promises regarding visa and jobs which never materialise.”
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