By Anne Das

Quest International University (QIU) launched its inaugural ‘Dream Bigger’ carnival today—an education festival that will bring diverse learning opportunities to people in Perak and beyond.  

The first iteration of the carnival kicked off over two days in Dewan Leong Wan Chin here, broadcasting the excellent educational and career advancement opportunities available right here in Ipoh.  Held on 13 and 14 May, it featured fun, insightful, and interactive activities that helped attendees understand the different pathways available to them—regardless of their qualifications and career goals.   

Students and visitors enjoying the Virtual Reality (VR) experience at QIU’s ‘Dream Bigger’ Education Carnival.

These activities included virtual and drone exhibitions for technology buffs, forensic crime scene investigation exhibitions, pastry decoration, health screenings, and demonstrations of medical procedures like stitching, blood typing and venepuncture.  Academics and counsellors were also on hand to provide guidance on the wide range of options available. 
The launch ceremony was officiated by Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh Councillor Cik Hajah Norul Huda binti Ahmad Nator. Also present were QIU Vice-Chancellor Professor Zita Mohd Fahmi, QIU Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Goh and QIU Registrar Muhammad MG Omar. 
After Ipoh, the ‘Dream Bigger’ educational carnival is scheduled to head to major towns around Perak, including Taiping, Teluk Intan and Seri Manjung.  QIU Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Goh said the Dream Bigger’ Education Carnival showcased what QIU had to offer, as well as the university’s commitment to uplifting the local economy and effecting positive change in the lives of our youth. 

QIU Vice-Chancellor Professor Zita Mohd Fahmi (right) presents a token of appreciation to Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh Councillor Cik Hajah Norul Huda binti Ahmad Nator (left), who officiated the launch of QIU’s ‘Dream Bigger’ Education Carnival. Also present is QIU Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Goh (centre).

“We want to do our part in plugging the brain drain afflicting Ipoh, where many of our best and brightest are leaving either for major urban centres like Kuala Lumpur or simply moving abroad in search of greener pastures. Instead, the goal is to dispel the myth of limited socioeconomic opportunities in Ipoh and convince students they can stay close to home without sacrificing their career goals.” 

“To create high-value jobs locally that encourage our skilled youth to stay in Ipoh, QIU has proactively engaged with the state government, multinationals, and international agencies to build a fast-growing network of training and employment opportunities – including MoUs with Hospital Ar-Ridzuan, the Beijing Institute of Technology, IDP IELTS, and many, many more.” 

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