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DIAC, Bayt to launch online education fair

Dubai, October 22, 2009

Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), a dedicated higher education free zone, will launch the Middle East’s first virtual education fair (VEF) in conjunction with Bayt.com, a leading jobsite and top recruitment marketplace.

The online event will run from November 15 to 21 and will bring together education and training providers from all over the region, including academic and training partners of DIAC and Dubai Knowledge Village as well as strategic training and education partners of Bayt.com.

“The VEF is a pioneering platform for academic institutions and training institutes to reach potential students,” said Dr Ayoub Kazim, executive director, DIAC and Dubai Knowledge Village.

“VEF also offers an excellent opportunity for students to learn about admissions, financial aid, institutions and academic programmes. We are confident a large number of stakeholders will greatly benefit from this endeavour that will particularly help our academic partners reach a wider student community at a fraction of the cost of traditional education fairs,” he added.

Akram Assaf, co-founder and chief technology officer, Bayt.com, said: “VEF bears testimony to Bayt.com’s social responsibility and commitment to fostering regional job markets by paving the way for a skilled generation that is well-equipped for the workplace.”

“By combining our industry-leading technology platform with best-of-breed marketing and communication tools and techniques, this promises to be a landmark event in the Middle East education calendar. We are optimistic that students and educational institutions will benefit immensely from the state-of-the-art opportunities and exposure.”

Offering a dedicated online resource for the academic community, virtual education fairs have proven to substantially reduce costs in comparison to conventional education fairs without the need for setting up physical booths or printing collateral materials.

More importantly, the Internet-based event allows for an accurate measurement of its success with advanced and accurate reporting tools.

Students, on the other hand, gain a unique and unprecedented chance to make informed decisions through interacting on a real-time basis with education providers and consultants via text, voice and live video chat.

In addition, a virtual education fair offers students round-the-clock access to a vast academic landscape with plenty of scope to gain valuable insights and information on current and future courses, programmes and degrees, at no cost to them. – TradeArabia News Service




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