MUSCAT: Students and parents met representatives of 27 foreign universities as part of the ‘IDP Middle East Study Abroad Roadshow’ held at Grand Hyatt Muscat on Monday.

Some of the participating institutions from the UK were universities of Birmingham, Nottingham and St Andrews. Australia was well represented at the event with Monash University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, University of Adelaide and University of New South Wales. Four universities from the US took part in the event while there was only one from Canada.

The event helped students and their parents to get information about higher education programmes in Australia, UK, US and Canada.

During the last few years, many students from Oman have opted to pursue business management, engineering, and information technology programmes at Australian institutions.

UK and US universities were chosen for courses in management, computer science and information technology.

“From the Middle East, we have helped over 2,000 students get admissions in Australian universities, over 550 students in US varsities and more than 60 students in Canadian institutions. Further, we helped over 450 students to get admissions in British institutions, with most of them opting for courses like business management, engineering, computer science and IT,” said Kala Rao, country manager, IDP Oman.

“This roadshow is a great platform for Omani students who wish to study abroad. It’s an end-to-end process where students and parents are informed about the choices they can make to secure a bright career. Our counsellors assist these students with their goal of studying overseas. We help international students get admission to institutions in the main English-speaking countries. We also provide personalised course advice, course application submission and pre-departure guidance,” said Kala.

“Studying abroad has multiple benefits of learning under well trained educators and learning beyond the regular classroom format. Students are trained to change the way they think apart from developing their language skills.”