On February 28 and March 4, EducationUSA Malaysia organized two university fairs in Penang and Kuala Lumpur respectively. Both fairs were part of the larger EducationUSA Southeast Asia Fair Series which is scheduled to run till mid-March across the ASEAN region. In Penang, 28 universities participated in the fair.
The Public Affairs Officer from the U.S. Embassy Mr. Bradley Hurst gave opening remarks and encouraged the public to explore the different academic options available. In Kuala Lumpur, 49 institutions of higher learning register for the fair, and U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir addressed members of the public at the opening ceremony. During her speech, Ambassador Lakhdhir talked about the diversity of choices within the U.S. higher education system.
“There is something for everyone, and you do not gain entrance to these schools solely through a single test structure…This means that you have the power to pick what you want. You have the power to explore different options.”
As part of the fair program, besides managing their own university booths, representatives gave presentations on specific topics like choosing a school, the community college experience, and university funding for international students. Representatives from the U.S. embassy also participated in both fairs to brief the public about the student visa application process. Throughout the fair, members of the public had quality conversations with the university representatives on the experiences of studying in the U.S. and the application process to U.S. universities. Overall, the fair was a success in promoting the diversity of U.S. higher education.