Muscat- Oman’s leading exhibition for higher education-GHEDEX ended on 22nd April 2015 with a total of over 25,000 visitors in attendance for 3 days, the highest number ever recorded for the event. Over 200 top-notch universities and colleges from over 23 countries participated at GHEDEX with 170 educational bodies and institutions accounting for international participation and 30 for local participation. Visitors share their positive experiences of GHEDEX organized by OITE Trade Fairs.
Visitors look to GHEDEX as an opportunistic platform for higher education
Mr. Preshob V, Counselor ISM has been visiting GHEDEX every year and finds it very useful for students “It is for this reason that we organized the trip for our students this year as well. On the 21stApril we brought over 250 students from the 12th Std. Commerce & Humanities stream and on 22nd April we brought over 250 students from the 12thStd Science stream. Students at GHEDEX get the opportunity to see universities from all over the world at a single venue, so this is a very good opportunity for them”
Ms. Romea Shina, Physics teacher, ISM came to see what colleges and universities are offering at GHEDEX. “We think GHEDEX is very helpful for students. I was looking for a suitable course for my daughter as well, in the medical field. GHEDEX is a good platform for making students aware about higher education options especially from an international perspective”
Ms. Anna Girish was at GHEDEX looking out for options in accounting & finance for her daughter who is studying in 12th Std. “We saw a lot of good colleges and universities here and were looking at all options like India, USA, UK etc. plus we are comparing the cost based on which we will decide which option is worth it”
Mr. Masood Ahmed was looking out for Computer Engineering course options and viable placements for his son who is studying in Oman “Visiting GHEDEX gives you so many choices; it is like a hypermarket where you can shop for higher education options. It gave me a chance to explore many countries exhibiting here. Students are lucky because they get to see what courses they can take up for their future at an early stage, which is needed especially now since competition is high. I wish them all the best”
Ms. Shahneellah Adnan from Pakistan is an expat who came to Oman from Pakistan “I was about to start my PhD in Pakistan but my husband shifted to Muscat, so I felt GHEDEX would give me an opportunity to find a relevant institution to complete my PhD and get a proper supervisor from Oman”
GHEDEX 2015 was supported by Austrade, British Council, UK Trade & Investment, Embassy of the United States-Muscat, EducationUSA, AMIDEAST, Al Ahlam Training Services and Higher Education Services and Global Vision for Academic Services. Sponsors for GHEDEX included Dhofar University, Enterprise Ireland, Majan College, Sohar University, Sultan Qaboos University and Higher College of Technology as Lead Sponsors ; Military Technology College as Platinum Sponsor ; Waljat College of Applied Sciences, International College of Engineering and Management, and Caledonian College of Engineering as Gold Sponsors ; DAAD, Vyas Institutes of Higher Education-Jodhpur, Ezone, University of South Carolina, Al Ghurair University and University of Michigan-Flint as Silver Sponsors ; University of Idaho as Floorplan Sponsor ; Education Malaysia as Visitor Bag Sponsor and MG-Group as Raffle Draw Sponsor.