First ever European Higher Education Virtual Fair to be hosted

November 20, 2015

Almeida, Floyd
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Over 130 globally renowned European higher education institutions from 23 European countries will participate in a first-of-its-kind European Higher Education Virtual Fair (EHEVF) to be held for Indian & South Asian students and institutions from November 26 to 29, 2015. The European Union Delegation to India is organising the event to highlight what Europe has to offer in terms of the high quality and diversity of English-taught post-graduate and PhD courses and allow students to explore educational, scholarship and career opportunities in Europe. Students will have the opportunity to connect ‘live’ with over 130 universities on one single platform through a series of webinars, chats and Q&A sessions and find the right fit for their higher education needs.

A dedicated website has been set up (www.study-europe.net) to provide institutional information on the higher education systems in 28 EU Member States as well as on participating universities. Students will be able to access information on research opportunities in Europe, courses available in various subjects, tuition fees, living arrangements and costs, scholarships, visas, and post-study prospects including employment and entrepreneurial opportunities from the website. They will also be able to interact with the university authorities by participating in live chats, Q&A sessions and subject-specific webinar sessions. EHEVF will also act as a platform to foster institutional contacts between European and Indian/South Asian universities in the context of EU-funded programmes such as Erasmus +.

India has the second highest number of internationally mobile students after China, travelling abroad for tertiary level education. On the other hand, Europe is recognised as a leading higher educational destination for international students, offering both cutting edge education, value for money and rich cultural experience. Speaking about the initiative, Tomasz Kozlowski, ambassador of the European Union said, “There are currently over 55,000 Indian students studying in Europe, the majority at Master’s level. The number has been growing steadily over the years, especially as a large number of leading institutions in different countries now offer English-taught courses. We hope that this initiative which will create a virtual dialogue platform between Indian students and European academic institutions will enable them to get real time information from the comfort of their homes.”

The EHEVF India & South Asia 2015 will showcase some of the best educational institutions in Europe – including several which appear in the internationally renowned Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015: University of Bristol (United Kingdom), University of Groningen (The Netherlands), École Polytechnique (France),Aarhus University (Denmark), Technical University of Denmark, Aalto University (Finland), University of Pavia (Italy), University of Eastern Finland, University of Tartu (Estonia), Charles University in Prague(Czech Republic),University of Tampere (Finland), University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague(Czech Republic), Gda?sk University of Technology (Poland), Jagiellonian University (Poland), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), and University of Pardubice (Czech Republic) to name a few.

The participating universities include well-known institutes for management education including Aalto University (Finland), Audencia Nantes School of Management (France), Corvinus MBA Centre (Hungary), EDHEC Business School (France), Grenoble Graduate School of Business (France), Kozminski University (Poland), Montpellier Business School (France), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), and Toulouse Business School (France).

Some of the leading universities offering courses in Engineering and Technology participating in the Virtual Fair are: École Polytechnique (France), Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy), University of Bristol (UK), and Technical University of Denmark.

Some of the key highlights of the virtual fair include:

Website: The search facility on the website (www.study-europe.net) enables the student to search for the university of their choice using any or all of the six filters:  country, subject, tuition cost, living cost, scholarships and climate. Besides the individual university pages, there are also country pages presenting information on the higher education system in the 28 EU Member States and on more than 50 subject specialities available at the participating universities.

Webinars: A series of online webinars will be arranged as part of the virtual fair from November 26 to 29. These webinars are arranged in subject-wise sessions of 2 hours each during which the participant will be able to interact with four different institutes, possibly from four different countries. Subject-wise webinars will cover a wide range of subjects which are popular with Indian/international students coming to Europe including Engineering (general), Engineering (civil), Engineering (mechanical), Engineering (electrical), Business Management and Marketing, Economics, Medicine, Computer Science and Information Systems, Earth & Marine Sciences, Biosciences, and Film Production and Journalism. The virtual fair will also feature country-wise sessions on higher education systems and opportunities; thematic sessions on topics such as EU scholarships, the Erasmus+ programme; research opportunities in the EU; living in an EU Member State; visas; and alumni speak. The full schedule of webinars is available on the EHEVF website at www.study-europe.net.

Live Chat and Q&A sessions: On the web-pages of every university there will be virtual chat and Q&A windows available.

Indian Institutional partners from leading higher education institutions in India and South Asia would be participating by screening the webinars in their institutions to enable their students to participate collectively.

The virtual fair is open to all. One can participate by registering at www.study-europe.net/user/register.

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