UK education goes on show

The British Education Exhibition attracted more than 23,000 visitors eager to get information about education in Britain.

The exhibition gave visitors an opportunity to meet representatives from more than 90 British institutions and attend seminars. The British Council's education counsellors were also on hand to offer advice.

'I would urge prospective students to get as much information as they can before enrolling in any course,' said British Council Hong Kong director Desmond Lauder.

'Not only should the quality of courses be examined, but also their relevance to career plans and comparability to the same type of courses offered locally.

'This is especially important with courses leading to professional qualifications,' he said.

'Lack of equivalence with local courses is the reason behind the small number of British degrees in Education being 'derecognised' by the SAR Government's Education Department, not their quality.' The two-day event represent ed a cross-section of British education, from postgraduate and undergraduate studies to distance learning, vocational training, diploma and short courses, and secondary education.

Careers advice seminars for less traditional subjects such as beauty therapy, hospitality management and media studies were introduced for the first time.