Hundreds of school students, faculty and parents thronged the opening day of the 16th edition of the International Education Show (IES 2020) in Sharjah on Wednesday, January 22.The three-day fair that hosts 120 academic institutions from 20 countries is organised by the Expo Centre Sharjah, with support from the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), the Ministry of Education and the Sharjah Education Private Authority.
"This year, the event offers students several scholarship opportunities and provides them with admission requirements in the all participating national and foreign universities," said Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation Sharjah.
Sheikh Majid Faisal Khalid Al Qasimi, deputy chairman of the SCCI, said: "His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and the Ruler of Sharjah, has allocated about 24 per cent of the general budget for 2020, to support scientific and cultural services and encourage creativity among the youth."
"The success of Colin's use of educational technology to develop valuable 21st century skills has been recognised as an example of teaching excellence by both the Ministry of Education in the UAE and across the British Council's global network, said the Director of English Language Services, British Council UAE, Gareth Newman.
Maryam Al Hashmi, a student from Sharjah attending the fair, said: "This is my first time at the fair and I hope to get into one of the international universities thanks to the fair. I am very much interested in the various scholarship opportunities. However, I wish there would be more US universities in the future. There is only one at the moment."
Indian student Navya Krishnan, a CBSE student from Sharjah, said: "There are so many universities participating. I am looking forward to pursuing engineering in a prestigious institute in India and I am happy that there are at least 50 of them here. It makes the application process much easier." Several students and parents Khaleej Times spoke to said the universities are offering excellent scholarship opportunities.
This year's International Education Show is the biggest ever since its launch, with the participation of nearly 120 educational and academic institutions from 20 countries including the US, the UK, Malaysia, Jordan, Lebanon, India, Poland and Cyprus.
The show that will conclude on Friday is open to students, parents and the general public from 9am to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm today Thursday, while the timings on Friday will be from 3pm to 9pm. Entry and parking are free.