Over 40,000 footfalls on second day of ECAN Int’l Education Fair

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 3, 2015-

Over 40,000 people visited the second day of the International Education Fair, organised by Educational Consultancy Association Nepal (ECAN) at Bhrikutimandap in Kathmandu, on Friday, organisers said.

A large number of the visitors were students aspiring to visit abroad for higher studies. Sarina Shrestha, who plans to go to the US to pursue a master’s degree in business administration, said after visiting the fair she now has more choices of college to apply for admission.

“I’m sure it helped many others like me,” said the 23-year-old, who had attended the education fair for the first time. “It’s a great platform for students to  know about different colleges.”

Renowned colleges and universities from countries like Australia, Bangladesh, China, Canada, India, Malaysia and New Zealand have set up information centres at the fair to help the students.

Shree Krishna, an education consultant for the colleges in the US, Australia, the UK and New Zealand, said during the last two days of the fair he has observed that quite a lot of students wished to go to the US for higher studies. “It could be because this time it’s easier to apply for the US than other countries,” he said.

Ajay Mishra, who represents a New Delhi-based education consultancy in India, said he was amazed by the number of students who, besides going abroad for education, wanted to settle there. “There is a craze among the students to settle in countries like Australia and Canada. I counselled 100-odd students today, many of them had the same enquiry about settling abroad,” Mishra said.

ECAN Vice-president Ram Chandra Poudel said he was happy with the turnout on the second day of the event, which was more than double of the first day.

“We expect an increase in footfall in the final two days of the fair,” he said.

The four-day fair concludes on Sunday.

Published: 04-07-2015 08:20

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