Education 2014 - the best global projects, ideas and offers
Today at Baku Expo Centre it is the final day of the 8th Azerbaijan International Education Exhibition and the 8th Azerbaijan International Career Exhibition. These are the only exhibitions in the region that have been organized with official support from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
In his speech at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister for Education Jeyhun Bayramov noted that successful reforms in the field of education depend on close cooperation between educational institutions, business sectors and employers. Therefore, the exhibitions in this field are important projects because they demonstrate the educational possibilities on offer in Azerbaijan by presenting a unique range of both educational and professional opportunities. Today, the government, private sector and educational institutions are all working to develop human resources in Azerbaijan. In this regard, the Education and Career exhibitions create many opportunities to establish dialogues between educational institutions, private enterprises and young people, while also providing a platform from which to present new ideas and projects, and hold discussions and negotiations. This year 122 representatives from 20 countries have participated in the exhibitions.
One of the main results of the exhibition is the huge number of visitors who attended with a purpose in mind. The foreign exhibitors highlighted that, from the beginning, the exhibitions stood out due to their liveliness and that the stands were visited by many potential students. We are pleased with this busyness and sure that it was maintained in the following two days. The professionals were impressed by the extensive business programme that ran alongside both events, during which it was possible to meet with the heads of the Ministry of Education and the chancellors of the largest universities in the country. Due to the great demand for highly qualified staff to meet the needs of the country’s rapidly growing economy, the current exhibitions are an effective means of promotion, and many universities used this unique opportunity to disseminate information about their achievements.
This year major foreign universities, such as the Polish State University of Economics in Krakow; the Arab Emirates Aviation University; the Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics; the International Business School in Budapest; the British Higher School of Art and Design (Moscow); the Webster University from the USA; HELP University and Nottingham University from Malaysia; Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan); and the Baltic International Academy (Latvia), joined the exhibition. The number of representatives from the educational institutions of Azerbaijan also increased. They included Baku State University, Baku Higher Oil School, the Azerbaijan State University of Economics, the Azerbaijan State Technical University, Baku Slavic University, Ganja State University, the State Agrarian University, the Tefekkur University, Baku Business University and the CELT Colleges. The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan has been participating in the exhibition on its own stand, at which it shared information and its future plans.
The exhibition was accompanied by an extensive business programme. On 10 October at 15.00, with support from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a presentation took place on the Sabah project, which aims to improve education and parenting methods in order to enhance the academic and educational environment in Azerbaijan. On 11 October at 12.00 a presentation took place on the “Gələcəyini qur!” (Build your future!) project, which supports young people. Iteca Caspian is one of the organizers of this project. The event attracted many visitors and was of great interest to all the audience members. This major project gained new impetus from being part of the exhibition’s business programme. Many secondary school students met with potential employers, spoke to the HR managers of major companies and learned about employment opportunities. Also, one of the debutantes of the Education exhibition, Saxion University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands), held a presentation on its services and the opportunities for Azerbaijani students on 11 October at 15.00 in Baku Expo Centre.
The new proposals and models for the labour market in Azerbaijan were demonstrated at Career 2014, because the most up-to-date initiatives are always worthy of promotion. This year the Career exhibition was separated into an independent project and took place under new branding. This had positive results, which was confirmed by the increase in the number of participants in comparison with last year. Twenty-two companies were represented, including Azercell Telecom, Azersu, Azersun Holding, Azerenerji, Bakcell, BP, Halliburton Eurasia Limited, JTI, SOCAR and Unibank. They were presenting vacancies in banking, oil and gas, telecommunications, finance, legal services, energy, sales and marketing, water resources, and the food and agriculture sector.
The visitors talked about the advantages of the Education and Career exhibitions. The maximum exposure to the youth audience, and the three days of negotiations and meetings between students and their parents who want to enable their children to have a foreign education and the agents and clients of educational establishments and employers made for many happy people. The high-level guests of the exhibition frequently noted the value of the discussions, the contribution to the development of mutual cooperation and the implementation of new projects for the future development of Azerbaijan.
The exhibitions are supported by the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) and the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs’ (Employers) Organizations of Azerbaijan Republic (ASK). The organizers of the exhibitions are Iteca Caspian and Caspian Event Organisers (CEO).