“If you are looking for opportunities in higher education, speak to the alumni” was the most common advice given at the annual Joint Higher Education Fair organised by official education representatives of Australia, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The fair, which was held at Mylapore on Saturday, saw the participation of around 100 students along with their parents.

The crowd was tested on their knowledge of these five countries in a quiz.

The quiz was followed by a panel discussion with student alumni from each of the countries, except for France.

“Living in a multicultural society opens up new ways of thinking,” said Mr. Karthik, an alumnus from a prestigious Australian university.

This was held as one of the most widely-accepted reasons for pursuing a higher education abroad by the panelists.

The majority of the questions pertained to obtaining financial aid, and college and visa application procedures.

Parents also raised a variety of concerns regarding safety and social life in these countries to which the speakers responded.

Other concerns like racism, education gap were also briefly discussed by the participants.

The fair was highly appreciated by the participants. The interaction with the alumni proved to be beneficial for both the aspiring students and their parents as any specific queries that they had could be clarified.

The official education representatives of these countries were the Australian Trade Commission, Campus-France, Nuffic Neso India, British Council, and Education USA .