HYDERABAD: The United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF), in collaboration with the Institute of International Education ( IIE), will be organising an US universities' fair at the Taj Krishna Hotel on November 6. As many as 22 US universities will participate in the event, which is primarily being held to encourage more Indian students to travel to the US for educational purposes. The participating universities will offer detailed information about their various undergraduate and graduate academic programmes during the day-long fair.
Speaking to TOI about the event, to be organised in the city for the first time, Adam J Grotsky, executive director of USIEF said, "We want to bridge the gap between the US and India through education and the fair is only the first step towards that goal. We hope to see more students from Andhra Pradesh take up courses in the US that will best fit their academic and professional needs in future."
Pointing out how students here are often misguided by 'agencies' with little knowledge about US universities, Grotsky said that the fair would help clear such ambiguities. "Interested students will get an opportunity to directly interact with universities and scholars who are associated with US institutions. Hence, the information sent by them will be genuine."
During their visit to Hyderabad, the participating universities are also scheduled to meet the managements of three institutes, Chirec Public School, Sreenidhi International School and Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology, to understand the requirement of Indian students and guide them accordingly about applying to US varsities.
"There is a huge interest among students in AP to study in the US. So, we have incorporated these school visits," said Renuka Raja Rao, country co-ordinator, Educational Advising Services, USIEF. Besides educational opportunities, the fair will also guide interested students with visa applications and other queries.
The universities participating include University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-Irvine, Ohio State University-Main Campus, University of Kentucky and University of South Florida, among others.