Education 2014: a quality education is the imperative of our era
Today at Baku Expo Centre the 8th Azerbaijan International Education Exhibition, Education 2014, and the 8th Azerbaijan International Career Exhibition, Career 2014, opened their doors. These are the only events in Azerbaijan that have been organized with official support from the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic. The organizers of this annual regional forum for educational services, vocational guidance and employment are Iteca Caspian and Caspian Event Organizers (CEO).
At the opening ceremony of Education and Career, Deputy Minister for Education of Azerbaijan Republic Jeyhun Bayramov gave a speech, in which he noted that one of the most important rules of social development is the need for the complete and high-quality education of the younger generation. In order to develop the stateĺs human capital government, private businesses and educational institutions must join forces. The current exhibition offers a good platform for this by attracting public attention to the current education projects in Azerbaijan. Emphasizing the role and importance of the current exhibitions, Mr Bayramov expressed his confidence that the exhibitions will continue to display the potential of the education system in the country, as well as generate interest and willingness to cooperate with international educational institutions.
In his speech,áthe executive director of Iteca Caspian LLCáFarid Mammadov observed that the exhibitions have greatly expanded in terms of the number of participating countriesáand, overall, the numberáof participants and the exhibition spaceáhave grown by 20%. Mr Mammadov also expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
After the official opening, a VIP tour of the exhibition took place, during which it became clear that many of the stands had recreated the atmosphere of an educational institution. Useful and relevant information on undergraduate, post-graduate and higher education programmes; MBA courses; business foreign language courses; internships; trainings; distance education programmes; student exchange programmes; elective education courses and summer schools; and new IT systems for education is available at the exhibition. Foreign participants have prepared special offers for members of Azerbaijani universities for student exchange programmes, delegation visits and collaborative research. Visitors can meet with representative from leading universities and ask questions about the different aspects of youth education at the exhibition.
The number of participants emphasizes the high growth rate of the exhibition. One hundred and twenty-two participants from 20 countries are represented at the exhibition. These include the traditional national groups, particularly the Lithuanian national stand, representing 15 prestigious universities in Lithuania, and ôStudy in Slovakiaö, which brings together 44 universities from Slovakia. The places where Azerbaijani students can go to study have also increased in number, to include the major powers of Europe, Asia and America, which all have great traditions in education. The Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Slovakia are represented at the exhibition for the first time. The major universities of Azerbaijan, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Latvia, the Czech Republic and the United States have joined the exhibition this year.
Today in Azerbaijan, as in all advanced countries, there is high demand for quality education, and hundreds of thousands of young people are eager to study at the most prestigious domestic and foreign universities and schools. As is usual, interest in the event was high well before the exhibition opened, due to the fact that it offers a wide range of opportunities in education, including those for foreign pupils, applicants and students. Jobs vacancies in banking, oil and gas, telecommunications, finance, legal services, energy, sales and marketing, water resources, and the food and agriculture sector are presented by more than twenty companies. These include Azercell Telecom, Azersu, Azersun Holding, Azerenerji, Bakcell, BP, Halliburton Eurasia Limited, JTI, SOCAR and Unibank. In addition, the Bakuá2015áEuropean Games Operations Committee is taking part in the exhibition in order to invite young and talented people to gain experience of working at Baku Games 2015, a large sporting event.
The exhibition also includes an extensive business programme of workshops and master classes, as well as prize draws for vouchers for free high-school education.
The exhibition is supported by the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundationáand the National Confederation of Entrepreneursĺ (Employers) Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan.