More than 3200 Indian & South Asian Students Attend 1st Ever European Higher Education Virtual Fair

•Nearly 140 Universities and Institutions from 23EU Member States participated in the Fair

Online PR News – 05-December-2015 – New delhi – More than 3200 students from India and South Asia held direct interactions with nearly 140 globally renowned European higher education institutions from 23 European countries in a first-of-its-kind European Higher Education Virtual Fair (EHEVF) held from 26-29 November.The European Union organized the event to highlight what Europe has to offer in terms of the high quality and diversity of English-taught post-graduate and PhD courses and allow students to explore educational, scholarship and career opportunities in Europe. Students had the opportunity to connect 'live' with European universities on one single platform through a series of webinars, live chats and Q&A sessions and find the right fit for their higher education needs.

A dedicated website was set up (www.study-europe.net) toprovide institutional information on the higher education systems in 28 EU Member States as well as on participating universities. This proved to be a very useful platform to access all the necessary information to study in Europeand was accessed by more than 23,000 users with 34,500 sessions during November including several thousand from South Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

During the webinar sessions, students were able to connect with the university authorities by participating in live chats, Q&A sessions and more than 75 webinar sessions over four days.

Top Universities participating in the Virtual Fair: The EHEVF India & South Asia 2015 showcased some of the best educational institutions in Europe - including several which appear in the internationally renowned Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015: University of Bristol (United Kingdom), University of Groningen (The Netherlands), ÉcolePolytechnique (France),Aarhus University (Denmark), Technical University of Denmark, Aalto University (Finland), University of Pavia (Italy), University of Eastern Finland, University of Tartu (Estonia), to name a few.

WEBSITE:The search facility on the website(www.study-europe.net) enables the students to search for the university of their choiceusing any or all of the six filters: country, subject, tuition cost, living cost, scholarships and climate. For more clarity and better user experience, besides the individual university pages, there are also country pages presenting information on the higher education system in the 28 EU Member States and on more than 50 subject specialities available at the participating universities.

WEBINARS: 3243 participants attended the online webinars arranged as part of the Virtual Fair from 26-29 November. These webinars are arranged in subject-wise sessions of 2 hours each during which the participant were able to interact with four different institutes, usually from four different countries. Subject-wise webinarscovered a wide range of subjects which are popular with international students coming to Europe including Engineering (general), Engineering (civil), Engineering (mechanical), Engineering (electrical), Business Management and Marketing, Economics, Medicine, Computer Science and Information Systems, Earth & Marine Sciences, Biosciences, and Film Production and Journalism. There were also country-wise sessionson higher education systems and opportunities;thematic sessions on topics such as EU scholarships, the Erasmus + programme; Research opportunities in the EU; Living in an EU Member State; Visas; and Alumni speak.

Country sessions featuring information on higher education opportunities in EU Member States (Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, and the Netherlands) attracted the largest number of participants as did subject sessions on Engineering and Business management related courses.

Webinar sessions were addressed by: Aalto University (Finland), Aarhus University (Denmark) , American University in Bulgaria (Bulgaria) , BayIND (Germany), Centrale Nantes (France), College of Management, Trade and Marketing (Bulgaria), Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Artístico do Porto - CESAP (Architecture and Art) (Portugal), EDHEC (France), Estonian Business School (Estonia), Global College Malta (Malta), ICAD (Spain), IPAC (France), ISA Lille (France), Jagiellonian University (Poland), KarolinskaInstitutet (Sweden), Maynooth University (Ireland), Medical University - Pleven (Bulgaria), Network n+i (France), Novancia Business School Paris (France), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Polytechnic of Leiria (Portugal), SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities - Design (Poland), Tallinn University (Estonia), Technical University of Denmark (DTU) (Denmark), Technical University of Liberec (Czech Republic), Tomas Bata University in Zlín (Czech Republic), and Toulouse Business School (France).

LIVE CHAT AND Q&A SESSIONS: On the web-pages of every university Virtual Chats and Q&A windowswere available to promote interaction between students and universities.
EBOOK: www.study-europe.net has been also transformed to an offline guidebook (in PDF format), which acts as a directory that compiles all the information provided at the platform. This offline modality allows students to consult the basic information provided at the website with no need of an Internet connection. Find the guidebook attached to this email.

BACKGROUND:
Europe has a world-wide reputation as a centre of excellence in learning. Among the 4000 European higher education institutions, which range from top-level research establishments to small, teaching-focused colleges, there is a vast range of courses and project opportunities available – something potentially of interest to everybody and every university. Some courses involve studying at different institutions in two or more countries, giving students a special international experience.According to a recent study, 93% of employers value this highly.

Facebook page of EHEVF: www.facebook.com/studyeurope.net
EU-India relations
Over 50 years the EU and India have worked together to reduce poverty, prevent disasters, expand trade, and promote joint research in energy, health, agriculture and many other fields of mutual interest. More information at: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india

EU-SAARC relations
Cooperation between the EU and SAARC notably seeks to promote the harmonisation of standards; facilitate trade; raise awareness about the benefits of regional cooperation; and promote business networking in the SAARC area. The EU has observer status since 2006, and greatly values co-operation and regional integration in South Asia.

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