Last Wednesday, representatives from 60 graduate programs, departments and schools set up exhibitions on campus for the University of Alberta’s seventh annual Grad School and Professional Expo.
The exhibitors, who gathered in Lister Conference Centre’s Maple Room, included representatives from various U of A graduate programs and from universities around the world, all giving out pamphlets and speaking to students about different programs and options available for graduate studies.
Medha Samarasinghe, the Executive and Operations Assistant for the Graduate Studies and Research Faculty, hopes the Expo will provide undergraduate students with more information about different graduate options both within and outside the university.
“This is an opportunity to explore further education. To have this many different sources in one place is really nice, because whether (students) choose to stay here and do a professional program after their undergrad, or do a grad program, they can do that here or there are opportunities to travel,” she said.
Samarasinghe said she believes U of A students should be attending the annual Expos to learn about the sheer variety of options they have for pursuing graduate studies.
“This is a really important opportunity for students who are coming to the middle or end of their undergrad to ... think about what they want to do next,” she said. “I’m hoping they’re taking away information about the options available to them, because there’s tons.”
The Expo featured programs and universities in locations as close as Calgary and Lethbridge, to schools across Canada such as the University of Toronto and McMaster University, as well as organizations like Globalinks Learning Abroad, who promote degree programs in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.
“(I hope students receive) more information about what their options are — whether they are already in grad school and thinking of pursuing further education, or in their undergrad and thinking about what to do next,” Samarasinghe said.
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