UCT flies flag at Indian international education fair

19 May 2002

Flying the flag: Royston Pillay and Carol Ojwang represented UCT at the recent Education India 2000 conference and exhibition in New Delhi. UCT was part of the Study South Africa exhibition, involving seven other local tertiary institutions.

UCT was one of eight local tertiary institutions to fly the South African flag in India last month, when the University was invited to exhibit at Education India 2002, the country's first major international conference and exhibition on education.

Appropriately, the theme was "Education Without Borders" and the three-day event at the Pragati Maidan exhibition centre in New Delhi turned out to be a large education fair involving more than 50 universities and colleges from 27 countries.

UCT was part of the Study South Africa exhibition. Exhibitors also included international universities and colleges, business schools, recruitment consultants, international education councils and education supply companies.

"More than 25 000 Indian parents and students visited the exhibition which focused on a profile of tertiary education service provision, giving them an opportunity to learn more about international study options," said Royston Pillay, Director of UCT's Student Recruitment and Enrolment Management Office (REMO). Pillay and colleague Carol Ojwang, the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) Postgraduate Programmes Co-ordinator, represented UCT at the exhibition. "We were very pleased when the organisers decided that Study South Africa would be one of three award winners for the best exhibition stall."

He said that Study South Africa had attracted "huge interest" among the visitors.

"It is clear that India presents enormous potential as a market for student recruitment. A strong interest was also shown in UCT's postgraduate programmes, especially the MBA." Pillay said that as a follow-up, REMO and IAPO planned to meet faculties to discuss targeted recruitment in selected study areas.

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