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Aug 21, 2009

still a favoured destination for higher education - Australia


Though the most favoured subjects of those aspiring to go abroad were management and engineering, the latest that were in great demand were the courses in Networking and VLSI Design.The Australian Education Fair, organised by Mentor, saw higher education aspirants being counselled and given spot admissions here on Thursday. More than 300 candidates who had completed undergraduate / engineering course or were in the final year visited the fair.

It had teaching representatives from Australian universities counsel students on education abroad, courses offered and eligibility factors, through exclusive interviews. They were interviewing candidates for the February and July 2010 intake.Students were given options to choose post-graduate courses at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Swinburne University, RMIT University, La Trobe University and University of South Australia.

According to Vivek Anandan P., Chief Executive Officer, Mentor, the fair was mainly organised to instil in the prospective students a sense of confidence that Australia was a safe place to stay and study.Maintaining that the unique selling proposition of Mentor was its after-landing services, Mr. Vivek said to add to that Mentor had tied up with Living Career to offer training for students to enable them pick up part-time jobs and also at a later stage train them for full-time jobs.

“The candidates who have registered this time are mostly those who have completed undergraduate course. They have decided to go in for higher studies because of the lack of good jobs and the slow down,” Mr. Vivek said.For R.N. Srinath, a final year engineering student of Kongu Engineering College, Erode, it had always been a dream to go to Australia to pursue M.S. His decision-making moment came on Thursday.

His father A. Raghunathan was confident his son would have a safe stay there. “I am keen to send my son over there because of the good living conditions. Others will behave with us the way we behave. I am not worried about my son,” he added.

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