Which is the fairest of them all? RCHK students sound out their best university options

Written by Tiffany Fan

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On September 27th, over 100 university representatives from around the world gathered in the PAC and the Black Box Theatre for the annual RCHK University Fair.

University representatives came from UK, US, local Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, UAE, Grenada, and other European countries.

“We had a lot more universities here than we’ve ever had before,” Further Education counsellor Martha Devries said, “Students were engaged with the different representatives and when you walked around it seems like everyone was busy.”

The Year 12s, who acted as hosts for the fair, helped and guided the university representatives with various tasks. When asked about the duties the hosts were responsible for, a Year 12 student replied that they were tasked to help with jobs such as “packing up, collecting counsellor packs, getting a taxi.”

Several students were interviewed on their thoughts regarding the annual university fair.

Michael Tsao, who collected several name cards from university representatives, commented that it was a useful experience, stating that “you can directly ask people from said unis and get advice as you talk to the people there” and that it was also “useful for building relationships with them.”

Natalie Chan, another student interviewed, shared a different view on the event. “The university fair has become somewhat obsolete after Unifrog was introduced to us during the FE CORE session. Unifrog has made it very easy and accessible to find universities based on the subjects you want to study in the future,” Chan remarked, “There's really no point of having the university fair, though university talks are helpful to go more in depth of how certain universities are unique.”

Unifrog is an online platform which allows students to input their subject of interest to garner a diverse range of university choices. The platform was introduced by the FE department as a tool for students, especially Years 12-13, to explore higher education options.

In response, Tsao showed some agreement. “As said, there are many other methods if you aim to browse colleges rather than talking to specific unis,” he commented,  summarising the event as “a good experience nonetheless, if you aim to talk to multiple universities of your choice and confirm information with the people there.”