EDEX Expo 2012 returns for ninth outing

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Sri Lanka’s premier higher education and careers expo is back for its ninth consecutive year, and its largest showing ever.  Edex Expo 2012, once again organised by the Royal College Union, will be the largest showcase of higher education, vocational training and skills development options to date, with the greatest participation of foreign and local education providers.

The event will be held on the 20, 21 & 22 January 2012 in Colombo and will also grace the hills of Kandy on the 27 & 28 January 2012. If you are a talented, motivated individual with plans and aspirations for your future, this is the occasion for you to explore the full spectrum of opportunities available under one roof.

Commenting on the accelerated development thrust in Sri Lanka, Chairman EDEX, Kamal Abeysinghe said, “Sri Lanka is following a speedy development path and the demand for a skilled and better-educated workforce is on the rise. Therefore, the aspirations amongst the youth for higher paying careers are also on the increase. In such a context, making our youth ‘industry ready’ by providing access to the right education and market-relevant skills, leading to gainful employment in a timely manner is vital. This is one reason why we embraced and nurtured the vision of making Sri Lankan youth globally competitive through world-class education, numerous career choices, and opportunities showcased in a single platform at the EDEX Expo for the past eight years. The ninth EDEX Expo 2012 will be both the biggest in size and richest in content yet; in Colombo and Kandy.”

The sheer scope of this year’s event is amazing, the Colombo event will have not less than five exhibition halls, with the exhibitors representing over 250 institutions and universities from over 20 different countries. A number of participants are professional institutes of the highest caliber that offer world class education. Several of the participants represent international universities from Western Nations, the Middle East, the South Asian region and many more; looking to add prospective Sri Lankan students to their ranks. Furthermore, with the rise of private educational institutions in Sri Lanka, many of the institutions exhibiting will be locally based but with foreign affiliations, bringing international curriculums to our nation at competitive prices.

A large selection of the exhibitors will also be vocational, technical training and skills development institutes from both the government and private sector, offering courses for those looking to advance their knowledge and enhance skills in a specific field. Career guidance counselors will also be available at the event.

Continuing in the foundation that EDEX laid at Expo 2009, the Expo this year will continue its environmentally conscious arm. With the efforts of the Expo’s environmentally active exhibitors ‘The Green Zone’ will be showcasing sustainable living and sustainable business initiatives in a separate enclosure.

Kamal Abeysinghe further added, “The green initiative that we have undertaken has been one of our proudest endeavours. The world is realising the importance of sustainable living and we have engaged some of the most vocal and immersed stakeholders for our EXPO.

The EDEX Expo has always been supported by the Government, relevant line ministries and the leading industry partners and this year the Presidential Secretariat, The Ministry of Education, The Ministry of Higher Education, The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development and The Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations have all renewed their support. The strategic partners of EDEX Expo 2012 comprises of  the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM), gearing for their support, recognising the value that expo’s such as this have in our burgeoning economic state.

If you’re interested in participation or obtaining further information, the EDEX Secretariat can be reached on 011 5521 497 or 011 3091 086. One can also view the EDEX website www.edex.lk or e-mail EDEX for any information on [email protected] or fax 011 2683 100.