UK-bound students got a lively pre-departure informational event organized by the British Council and sponsored by Etihad Airways and Gerry’s Travels in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
The event was held to brief students on what to expect from their time spent living and studying in the UK as university students, said a statement issued here on Friday.
They were provided helpful advice on a number of subjects including travel plans, visa formalities, accommodation, opening a bank account and items that could be taken along in luggage. All of the 200 students attending the events in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad had already received offers of admission from UK universities and colleges for the September/ October 2009 intake.
They had numerous questions and queries to ask about life in the UK which British Council staff answered in detail. The event was also an opportunity for the young people to meet and become acquainted with their fellow student travellers. Eminent UK Alumni were invited to share their own experiences of studying in the UK. The alumni answered students’ questions, gave valuable advice, and related interesting anecdotes of their own wonderful time spent in the UK. An energetic Speech Competition was organized where five students spoke on “Why did you choose UK as the best educational and cultural learning experience”. The three best speakers in each city won spectacular prizes consisting of free return tickets to the UK, gift hampers and excess baggage facilities from sponsor Etihad Airways and free discount cards from sponsor Gerry’s Travels.
Amer N. Khan, Country Manager Etihad Airways Pakistan said, “Etihad Airways takes a keen interest in facilitating the development of young minds and this opportunity gives us the pleasure to support the future professionals of Pakistan at this point in their lives.” Amin Wali Mohammad, Managing Director of Gerry’s Travels said, “We at Gerry’s are proud to be part of this event and to introduce the Student Travel Association card (STA).
STA enables students to bridge the gap between different countries and cultures and experience the world. As the students go out on their own, the STA card opens a world of travel opportunities for them during their semester breaks.” The students expressed deep appreciation for the event and the presentation given by the UK alumni because of all the valuable insights they offered.
Courtesy: The News, 8th August 2009