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EDEX Expo 2014 to feature 300 stalls this year

BMICH fair from January 17 to 19, Kandy fair on January 24,25:
EDEX Chairman, Kamal Abeysinghe at the inaugural briefing announcing the launch of the Edex 2014, with Royal College Principal Upali Gunasekara. Picture by Ruwan de Silva

The country's largest education exhibition and job fair, EDEX Expo 2014, is scheduled to take place on January 17 to 19 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) and on January 24 and 25 at the Kandy City Centre (KCC), for the eleventh consecutive time.

Exemplifying another significant approach this year, the event will concurrently hold a Job Fair with the concept of bringing about that much needed boost in filling the gap between what today's' youth harness in terms of education and what society holds in job and career opportunities.

The event at the BMICH will see representatives of 300 stalls in total where 250 of those will be from local and global entities, from 20 countries and 80 stalls at KCC.

"The EDEX Expo has today, developed into one of the most significant and sought after education events in Sri Lanka. Going beyond its objectives, we embarked on this journey 10 years ago, in order to provide a prospective platform for the country's youth. The major outcome required would be to bring forth the right labour, professionalism and leadership which are highly essential in order to provide that boost for the country's economy.

Whilst also bridging the gap between what youth learn and come out with and what is expected of them. This event will help to change the traditional mindset about the realms of forging any career in today's' global stride," Royal College Union (RCU), Secretary, Chandana Aluthgama said.

During the period when EDEX was instigated, there happened to be no event of this calibre in the country. Today, organizers cannot reach the demands. Initially, EDEX opened up as a small fair with a limited number of entries and having reached their 11th year, EDEX keeps witnessing year-on-year improvements, trends and optimism.

Royal College Principal, Upali Gunasekara said, "EDEX offers a comprehensive range of education services for youth where they will receive the chance to interact with local and foreign educational representatives, gain further knowledge and an idea of what the world revolves around in terms of constant changes and clear doubts that they would find. Thus, visitors to EDEX can gain the chance to improve their tertiary and professional education."

"The inaugural EDEX Job Fair, being our newest value addition, has been endorsed and supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and will feature over 35 leading organizations who will showcase their available job opportunities with a view of recruiting youth with desirable personal traits and skills. The Job Fair is being held on a national scale in order to provide youth a gainful chance of being employed through an analysis of their education base and necessary skills," EDEX Chairman Kamal Abeysinghe said.

As the same goes every year, the Expo will include full and partial scholarships, spot admissions, discounts on course fees, seminars for job seekers and registrations on offer. "Education and training needs continue to evolve constantly as economic demands, technological advancements and aspects of competitiveness keep going through change.

The Expo will also include the ancillary branches; EDEX Think Green and EDEX Sithuwam, simultaneously.