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Overseas-study show pulls in student crowds

MORE than 20,000 visitors packed the Shanghai East Asia Exhibition Hall over the weekend looking for an overseas-study program at the 10th Shanghai Modern Education and Overseas-Study Exhibition.

The number of people attending the fair was up 30 percent over last year. The scale of the exhibition was also a record. More than 80 domestic and foreign education institutions from 11 countries and regions, including the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Australia and Singapore, set up more than 200 booths.

This year the fair saw more college students and company employees and less high school students.

"The college entrance exams have just ended," said Han Mingjun, an official with the exhibition. "Many high school graduates are still waiting for their scores. That's the reason for the decrease of their attendance."

Many college students and company employees are choosing to study overseas during the economic crisis.

About 10,000 locals head abroad to study at their own expense through education agents every year, about 10 times the amount 15 years ago.

"People's enthusiasm to study abroad means this is a lucrative field, which has lured bogus agencies into the market," said Li Weiping with the Shanghai Association for International Education Exchange. "Parents should be wary of fly-by-night agents."

Licensed agencies were required to deposit an 800,000 yuan (US$117,130) guarantee with the Shanghai Education Commission in case of any incidents that left applicants in the lurch, officials said.


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