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2003 Fall TOSA International Education Fair: A nice bridge between schools and students

By Alice Wang

The Taiwan Overseas Study Association (TOSA) International Education Fair Fall 2003 will be on stage on October 11 and 12 from 10:30 to 18:00 at New York New York Exhibition Hall. "Studying abroad has been a trend in Taiwan for years, however, with the overflow of information, students and parents are being offered with too many choices, therefore, they don't know which school to choose to go to. TOSA is trying to help all the students out with the international education fair providing more correct and effective information," said Albert Lee, the Deputy President of TOSA.

A truly international education fair

Featuring 33 schools and overseas study consultancy agents from the U.S., England, Canada, Italy, Australia and New Zealand, the TOSA event will serve as a good choice for students to become more informed about schools from different countries and to find the most eligible school to go to. With the professional consultancy agents on the side, students have an efficient access to talk to the school which he/she is interested in through the agents. Compared with other education fairs in Taiwan, which only introduce schools from a single country, TOSA is a completely international fair.

The foundation of TOSA

Albert Lee stressed that TOSA was established in 1994 and endorsed by both of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Taiwan. Its membership is composed of a great number of the education consultant agencies in Taiwan. TOSA is a non-profit organization solely devoted to the promotion and improvement of overseas study in Taiwan. It is the first association of its kind in our country. "The goals of the association are to promote mutual trust, understanding and cooperation among overseas organizations, and to aid in the overall development of the field. TOSA dedicates our efforts to providing correct and professional information on overseas study, to establishing a reputation of professional services for this industry, and to protecting the rights of our overseas students and the fair competition of overseas study market in Taiwan. We strive to raise the profile of this industry by offering quality services for the consumers and by maintaining the integrity of the agents in this field," said Albert Lee. Albert Lee also indicated that the objectives of TOSA are to protect the rights of students studying overseas and to improve the image of overseas study industry, to sustain a high level of professional service of Taiwan's overseas educational industry, to further the nourishment of Taiwan's domestic talents through academic preparation abroad and to establish standards and a process of assessment for accrediting qualified education consultant agencies.

TOSA International

Date: 10/11-10/12

Time: 10:30AM-6:00PM

Location: New York New York Exhibition Hall

Admission: Free

Education Fair-Fall 2003

Consultancy agents serve as matchmakers

As many local overseas study consultancy agents, who are also TOSA members, will set up booths at the exhibition, making it a very special event. "Those agents can offer specific advice to individual students who seek for the most qualified school. When you find a foreign school that you are interested in at the event, you can request a consultancy agent to communicate for you with the school representatives if your English is not so good. The agents are really playing the roles of matchmakers," said Albert Lee. The Deputy President said that TOSA members can help students to select the most suitable education programs. Through their professional advice, studying abroad will be more accessible.

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