High school students from all over Chiang Mai gathered on
Saturday, March 4 at Prem Tinsulanonda International School (PTIS) to check
out various colleges and universities from all over the world.
Representatives from schools in Australia, Canada, Malaysia, the US,
Thailand, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, and Singapore came to Prem to showcase
what they have to offer. There were schools for design, technology, hotel
management in addition to two year schools and full four year universities.
Students had many sources from which to gain information.
Furthermore, three sessions were held to learn about the
US, UK, and Canadian university systems. Lecturers discussed such topics as
teaching, the academic year, the application process and a day in the life
of a university student. Parents and students alike found this very
informative. Grace International School parent Karla Minick said, “I just
finished the college/career session and I learned that learning is a
lifetime skill. All of my questions about university for my daughter were
Several universities with campuses in Malaysia were
present to inform students about programs in which they could get a degree
from the UK or Australia. These universities in Malaysia are linked with
universities from abroad, thus the educational quality and standards are up
to par with foreign degrees. After spending a full three years in Malaysia
at a school such as Nottingham University, fair goers learned that they
could gain a degree from the UK school. Additionally, schools such as
Switzerland’s Les Roches for Hotel Management and Glion Institute of
Higher Education, the United States’ Boston University, Hope International
University, and the University of San Francisco, Australia’s University of
the Sunshine Coast, Thailand’s Rangsit University, and Chiang Mai
University, among many others had stalls with information.
Warwick University’s representative Caroline Pack came
from England to promote that school’s standard English program. She also
led one of the information sessions for students and parents. Interestingly,
Warwick has 80 Thai students and currently has one student enrolled who
graduated from PTIS.
PTIS’s college fair also included musical performances
by Art Treyanurak, (Grade 10) on the guitar and Grade 11 student Esther Kim
on the violin.
PTIS College Counselor Sheryl Cooper commented, “I am thrilled with the
attendance and quality of the college fair - reps from over 30 universities
worldwide were here, and many commented that this was the best college fair
they had ever been to.” Grade 10 American Pacific International School
student Sacha Maughan said of the event, “I did not expect a big college
fair like this in Chiang Mai. It opened my eyes a bit to what is out
there.” International school students, parents, and teachers from all over
Chiang Mai seemed to gain much insight about college and other possible high
school postgraduate possibilities.