Pune: City students got a bird's eye view of the educational opportunities available in the United Kingdom at the British Council's Education UK Exhibition 2011 on Thursday at Hotel Le Meredien. Representatives from over 45 institutions showcased the courses on offer.
Sunil Koli, head, Education UK (West India) said, "The objective behind the educational exhibition is to disseminate as much information as possible about the courses available (both at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels) across various disciplines ranging from the arts and science to medicine, engineering, information technology and management. The students will also be counselled on the procedures and formalities they need to fulfill for studying in the UK, as well as crucial know-how on how to organise the finance."
It had been observed, he said, that management courses in the UK have emerged a popular option over the last few years. "For starters, the courses are of a year's duration. And if the student gets a particular percentage, he/she is eligible to work in the UK for two years. This adds up to immediate returns on investment, work experience as well as a chance to work in a different cultural environment," he said.
On their part, the students had a chance to plan their moves. "I am looking at a Masters programme in sociology/pscyhology," said FYBA student Puneet Prakash. "It is a little early in the day, but this information will help me plan ahead - from preparing for tests and availing of scholarships."
While first year law student Siddharth Govind said he was looking at studying law in the UK. "I believe it would be good value for money and effort I put in. Besides, a chance to study in another country is always an advantage," he said.
The British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. It aims to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and increase appreciation of the UK's creative ideas and achievements. The British Council is active in 109 countries and 227 towns and cities worldwide.