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Andrew Plant and Barry Sullivan from Nottingham Trent University and Cardiff School of Engineering respectively conducted a 3- hour Workshop at the BCL in Bangalore. During this workshop they apprised us of the opportunities for a student and the procedure of enrolling for courses offered by the aforesaid universities. UCAS (University and Colleges Application Studies) played an important role in channelizing all applications sent from across the globe.
Applications are submitted to UCAS from the month of September which are then considered for supporting evidence from the student and the teacher. The ‘Portfolio’ is significant in case of a student aspiring for ‘Art and design’ courses.
Universities such as these basically look for appropriate skills and academic backgrounds, are independent thinkers, students who know why they want to study with them and students who have the confidence to contribute to the community.
In this context, the ‘Self Portrait’ submitted by the student should be reflective and not just a list of activities and accomplishments. It is, at the same time, highly important that a student knows how to choose a college. Students may visit the chosen site through FB, visit a counselor and be able to convince/ignore parents while they are choosing the options. A teacher, on the other hand, must include positive and the most appropriate profile of a student while filling up feedback applications and letters. To clarify this point, various case studies were presented and teachers worked in groups to arrive at the most appropriate responses and feedback.
Overall it was a very informative session, one which opened up avenues for the students of High school who are generally indecisive about higher education in foreign Universities.


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