College fair returns
The International College Fair (ICF) is back.
After a two-year hiatus, the event which is now in its 18th year of providing secondary and tertiary level students with information about international study, opened under the theme Expand your Mind, Broaden your Horizon at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday.
Organizer of the ICF, Beverley Holder told Barbados TODAY the goal was to acquaint young people with the opportunities for furthering their education in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada.
She said the two-day fair got a good response on its first day.
Holder admitted she was unsure whether Barbadians still placed a great emphasis on higher study, but insisted that for young people to advance they needed a good, strong education.
Co-director of UK Education Services in the Caribbean (UKESC), Jeff Atherton encouraged Barbadians to study in the UK, saying they could perhaps take advantage of the dip in the value of the pound sterling since Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU), as well as the potential decrease in competition for college entry.
The official of UKESC, which represents the universities of Plymouth, Nottingham, Reading and Southampton at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, explained that once Brexit took effect, students from EU member states would be treated as international students, rather than locals, and more opportunities would therefore be opened up for Barbadians.
Other educational institutions represented at the fair were the University of South Florida, University of the West Indies and Johnson & Wales University.
Students from Daryll Jordan Secondary, Queen’s College and the Lodge School were among those in attendance yesterday.