4 November 2014, Hong Kong: “Study in France – Virtual Education Fair 2014” is an innovative virtual interactive education fair dedicated to French higher education. Initiated by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong & Macau, the 2nd edition of the Fair is co-organized by official academic services of French Embassies and Consulates of 9 countries and regions in Asia in total (Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Singapore, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia), rendering it the largest French Virtual Education Fair in Asia.
“Study in France – Virtual Education Fair 2014” is opened for 3 months from November 2014 to January 2015, with 2 sessions of “3-Day Interaction”: 19-21 November 2014, 14-16 January 2015. On the 3-D interactive Online Platform www.studyinfrance.asia, the Virtual Fair is accessible freely from any computers, tablets and smartphones. On the List of Exhibitors, the search engine can guide visitors to find the University Booths which provide their favourite programmes at their academic level. At a Booth, one can download programme information, read alumni’s testimonials, watch videos, or even live-chat with school representatives in France during the 2 sessions of “3-Day Interaction”.67 French Universities* will be presenting their programmes, while 14 Partner Organizations may provide visitors general information about studying in France, visa application, tourism, scholarships, etc. Visitors may share Booths on Facebook and get the chance to win an iPad mini!
To mark the occasion, Mr. Arnaud Barthèlemy, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and Dr. Eden Woon, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, hosted a Grand Launch of the platform cum Press Conference at 2:30 p.m. today at the HKUST Business School Central, with the presence of representatives of the Exclusive University Partner HKUST, Sponsors including BNP Paribas, Banque Transatlantique, Thalès and Thomas, Mayer & Associés, Partners like Alliance Française Hong Kong, Le French May, Campus France Hong Kong and TV5Monde, and Media Partners.
The event opened with a speech by Dr. Eden Woon welcoming everyone to the HKUST Business School Central to launch the innovative event which celebrates technology and higher education. Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Mr. Arnaud Barthèlemy, announced the opening of the Online Platform and said, “Receiving nearly 300,000 international students, France is the 3rd-most-popular study-abroad destination worldwide after the United States and the United Kingdom. To respond to this trend, the ‘Study in France – Virtual Education Fair’ has extended to 9 countries and regions in Asia, allowing more than 40 million Asian students to get access to the panorama of French higher education in just a few clicks”.
The ceremony continued with a demonstration of the Online Platform. Representatives from the Business School HEC Paris, chatted online with us from France to answer our questions about their institution. The chat was followed by alumni’s sharing on site. Having studied in Le Cordon Bleu Paris, the renowned chef Ms. Alvina Chan talked about her valuable studying and living experience in France, which had significantly helped her career change in Hong Kong. The ceremony was completed with a toast to the success of the 2nd French Virtual Education Fair.