Dr Michael Yap (right) and Dr Chong sharing the views on the response by visitors at the fair.
KDU Penang University College vice-chancellor Dr Chong Beng Keok saidstudents and parents were more cautious with their money due to the weakening economy.
“Travelling between states in the country can even be a financial burden to those families struggling to make ends meet.
“Hence, most Penangites would prefer to further their studies in the state rather than studying abroad to reduce the burden on their family,” she said during the Star Education Fair 2016 at the Subterranean Penang Internation-al Convention and Exhibition (SPICE) Centre in Bayan Lepas.
INTI International University College principal Dr Michael Yap said the number of students enquiring for locally-based courses increased compared to last year.
“Many students are interested in business studies compared to other fields,” he said.
Dr Yap also said that the fair served as a perfect platform for students to choose their courses under one roof.
SEGi College Penang marketing manager Khor Whuan Lynn agreed that students preferred locally-based programmes.
“Most of them are interestedin business and engineering courses,” she said.
Over at the DISTED College booth, college president and CEO Dr Seah Soo Aun said the response to the fair was overwhelming.
“We had to put out more tables and chairs to cater to the crowd.
“Students are asking more about our A-Levels programme, South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE International), and our business and hospitality programmes,” he said.
Crowds could also be seen at the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College booth.
Its Penang branch campussenior student affairs officer Ng Yi Jiuan said business programmes were the most sought after.
“The younger generation are more interested to be successful entrepreneurs.
“Those who came to our booths were very focussed and clear that entrepreneurship was their ideal career path,” she said.
Other booths which saw a crowd of visitors were the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, ATIC International College, Equator College, International Medical University, MAHSA University, Management and Science University, Penang Skills Development Centre, Sentral College Penang and The One Academy Penang.
Source: The Star