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The one stop shop

Future Minds Expo 2018, Higher Education and Career Exhibition will be held from 15th to 17th June at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). It is the thirteenth successful year of the exhibition which is organized by the Nalanda Junior Old Boys’ Association ( (NJOBA). Themed, ‘No One Left Behind’, Future Minds 2018 will also be held in Kandy at the Kandy City Centre (KCC) and in Galle at Hall De Galle City Hall on 22nd and 23rd June and 8th and 9th September, respectively.

At the media briefing for the exhibition, Chief Guest, Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Youth Affairs & Southern Development said, “With the government planning many development projects, there will be more opportunities for the youth of this country.

I am certain that Future Minds Expo will provide direction for students and young adults to channel their valuable time on a progressive and productive path which would benefit our country as a whole. It is evident with the effort and enthusiasm of the organizers as well as their partner organizations and institutes, this year’s edition will be a resounding success.”

He further added that although there are opportunities there are not suitable people to take those opportunities because they lack the skills needed for those opportunities. “That is why this kind of exhibition is important. And as the Government, we too are interested in looking at developing education with these trends in mind.”

Concluding his speech, the minister appreciated all the hard work of the organizing team of Future Minds 2018 and said, “Let’s ensure that all the people in the country can go with the development drive and not just have the country developing but have them also developed.”

Lakmal Perera, Chairman, Future Minds added: “Future Minds has been an influential platform that realizes the dreams of our younger generation. This year, we will continue to have over 150 local and foreign higher educational and tertiary educational institutes, providing innumerable and diverse choices for students to pursue higher education based on their preferences and capabilities. With the inclusion of a dedicated “Financial Zone” comprising Sri Lanka’s leading financial institutions offering attractive finance packages, we hope to introduce financial empowerment for higher education within the exhibition that would effectively clear the toughest hurdle in realizing student aspirations.”

Addressing the gathering, Kasun Perera, General Manager, Future Minds, elaborated more on the significance of the Future Minds Expo 2018 a single exhibition entailing a one stop shop concept which serves as a forum for students, school leavers’, parents, universities and institutions.

“The exhibition mainly targets to help out the student community in the country to understand the opportunities available in the country as well as outside the country. We have created a structure which will allow the student to go through the entire process of making a decision. They will also be exposed to career paths available for them. This time we are introducing a Future Minds Financial Zone. We have invited all the leading banks in the country to join us to talk about the financial support they can provide the students.

One of the largest Higher Education and Career Exhibitions in the country, Future Minds facilitates a comprehensive range of services to the younger generation, paving the way to their success by creating a synergetic platform in deciding the most apposite educational partner and the most appropriate career path. According to the organizers, they have plans to take the exhibition to Jaffna as well.

The “Career Counselling Driven Forum” at Future Minds, especially designed to those who seek career direction will also be held in all three venues Colombo, Kandy and Galle. The forum will consist of Industry experts, career counsellors and personal counsellors.

The Organizers say that Counselling Corners which offer specialized counselling in various fields such as Engineering, Biological Sciences, Banking & Finance, Business Administration, Marketing, Supply Chain, Logistics etc will ensure that visitors enter the exhibition arena with a comprehensive orientation.

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