EDEX 2011 the National Higher Education and Careers Expo will be unveiled on January 22, 23 and 24 at BMICH followed by its twin exhibition at Kandy City Centre, Kandy on January 26 and 27.
Embracing the vision "To empower Sri Lankan youth to be globally competitive" EDEX is Sri Lanka's largest platform for local and foreign post-secondary educational service providers, skills development and training institutions and prospective employers to showcase their services and career pathways to thousands of visitors.
With the GCE A/L results being released and the GCE O/L examination being just concluded it's an opportune time for the aspiring youth and parents to get an in-depth insight in to the education and careers options available.
EDEX Chairman Kamal Abeysinghe stated, "The link between education and economic success is well documented. Education and skills is the key to future success in life - especially in the wake of rapidly enhancing significance of world-class education in knowledge-based economies.
"Education unlocks so many doors and can be one of the most invaluable, amazing experiences of a person's life, regardless of any divides. But at the post secondary stage our students face numerous challenges due to limited opportunities" he noted. With the much-anticipated economic boom in the country an increased demand for a well-educated workforce is very much on the cards.
Commenting further Abeysinghe said "To participate in today's workforce, and certainly tomorrow's, one needs to seriously maintain his or her skills set at the highest level and continue education, be it formal classroom training, self studies, on-line studies, on-the-job training or re-training for new jobs. Our youth need to realize that, today their success is not guaranteed, even after a university degree, without engaging in lifelong learning and continuous honing of skills".
Launched in 2004 EDEX has been a pathfinder in youth empowerment, offering a blend of the best in class choices, options and opportunities available locally and overseas in a single platform for right education and skills development leading to gainful employment.The twin Expo in Colombo and Kandy will offer the chance to gain spot admissions to various study courses, academic, vocational, technical and professional courses, postgraduate and MBA courses, career guidance and a host of other post secondary services offered by local and foreign institutions.
There will be over 300 foreign universities from over 20 countries either represented directly or through their local agents. Most deserving students will stand a chance to win full/partial scholarships.
A number of leading corporate Institutions, IT/BPO Companies, Banks and Financial Institutions will be conducting walk-in interviews for existing and future job vacancies. Those seeking employment are advised to bring their CVs or upload them to www.edex.lk web portal online.
EDEX 2011- 8th Expo has been endorsed by the Presidential Secretariat, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development and the Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations. The Strategic Partners for EDEX 2011 are the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanaka (AMCHAM), Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM), signifying its relevance to multiple industry chambers and employers.
Singer Sri Lanka PLC, ESOFT, ANC Education Holdings and Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Sri Lanka are Platinum Sponsors, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) Gold Sponsor and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and the Western College for Management & Technology are Silver Sponsors of the exhibition.
For further information, please contact the EDEX Secretariat on 011 3091 086 or visit www.edex.lk