Malaysia’s Premier Education Fair Returns


The Star Education Fair 2012 was held on 15&16 December at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and marked its 25th year of showcasing education options to students in Malaysia.

The fair was officially opened by the Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia, YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Khaled bin Nordin. Also present at the ceremony were HE Ong Keng Yong, High Commissioner of Singapore; senior officials from The Star - David Yeoh, Deputy Group Chief Editor l; Leanne Goh, Deputy Group Chief Editor ll; and Iris Tan, Chief Events Officer, and members of the media.

A total of 241 scholarships valued over RM10 million were pledged to The Star Education Fund by 30 education institutions during the ceremony. These scholarships will be in aid of deserving students who intend to pursue their pre-university and tertiary studies.

As the biggest education fair in Malaysia, the exhibition was a platform for almost 200 public and private institutions of higher learning from Malaysia, Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Ireland, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the UK and the USA. Visitors enjoyed free admission to about 600 booths in the exhibition.

"The Fair provides the best platform for students to explore their study options, programmes and courses, from private secondary education to diploma, certificate, degree, postgraduate, and distance-learning/off-campus courses. Students can obtain first-hand information on entry requirements, visas, campus accommodation, course fees and subjects direct from the exhibitors. This is the biggest education fair in the country and we are proud to celebrate our 25th year running," said The Star's Chief Events Officer, Iris Tan.

In addition to the exhibition, students were invited to attend education and career talks in that help them make informed choices in the courses and career paths they wish to pursue. Conducted by industry experts, the topics included: 'Options After SPM' – Choosing the Right Pre-University Programmes and Subject Options and Choosing the Right Career Pathway; 'Study and Work Overseas' – Opportunities in Ireland, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, the UK and the USA; 'Choosing An International School' – British, American and International Curriculum; 'Funding Higher Education'; and 'Careers in Games Development, Medicine, Dentistry and Engineering'.

Visitors also had the chance to experience a range of fun activities like personality and interest tests to help them learn more about themselves and the professions and career path that best fit their personality and interests. Other activities included psychology games, cutting-edge electronic games, architecture design and free health screening tests.

"The Star, as The People's Paper, is glad that The Star Education Fair in both KL and Penang have over the years helped and guided thousands of students in the country. We have been around for a quarter of a century to promote higher education and to help nurture a thinking and knowledgeable society which will lead to a more prosperous and progressive nation in the years to come," said David Yeoh, The Star's Deputy Group Chief Editor l.

Students up north can look forward to The Star Education Fair in Penang next year on 23 & 24 March 2013, held from 11 am to 7 pm at the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA). For more Star Education Fair information and updates, visit or