AULA´08, The International Educational Opportunities Exhibition

Ifema has already set the dates for the staging of the sixteenth edition of the fair, AULA´08, the International Educational Opportunities Exhibition, which will take place at its usual venue, Feria de Madrid, between 2nd and 6th April 2008. Over a number of years this event has consolidated its position as the leading Spanish event of its kind and a valuable tool for all students, parents and educators.

In effect, AULA offers young people an opportunity to make decisions regarding their future in a responsible manner, evaluating their best options. Parents are offered useful career guidance advice in order to help them decide how to educate their children. Furthermore, the exhibition provides teachers, above all career advisors, with the widest possible overview of the options available.

AULA´s role was confirmed at its last edition, which took place in March 2007, bringing together more than 300 companies from 12 different companies, based on a net exhibition area measuring some 10,600 square metres. Furthermore, more than 130, 000 students and educators attended the fair in order to discover the latest products and services within the field of education. We might highlight the geographical origin of these visitors, who attended the event from practically every corner of Spain.

These excellent results are based on the high quality of the exhibition that is presented each year, which revolves around the following segments: university studies; studies abroad; post-graduate and master´s courses; other higher studies; language courses; vocational training; first job placements; e-learning; NGO´s; official bodies; student services; the specialised press and sporting activities. This wide-ranging layout provides visitors with a comprehensive perspective of the entire education industry.

The products and services on show at AULA are aimed at a target group consisting of teachers and trainers, school board representatives, career guidance counsellors, education professionals, members of government administration, secondary education students, university students, vocational training students, parents, job-seekers in search of complementary training, students seeking new skills and know-how, etc.

Furthermore, we might highlight the growing international dimension at AULA. Thus, the participation of foreign exhibitors at the fair has become increasingly significant. In this respect, in order to boost the incorporation of foreign products and services, successive editions of the fair designate a guest country, which at AULA´s 2008 edition will be China.

AULA also presents a strong institutional dimension, which is to be expected within the field of education. In fact, the fair is promoted by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, MEC, and features the participation of the Education Departments of various Spanish Regional Governments, as well as that of other official bodies and organisations.

Other Government Ministries, such as Culture, Defence, Home Affairs and Employment, also play an active role at the event, as well as in AULA´s packed Programme of Specialised Conferences, which are designed to address some of the most topical issues within the industry. In this respect, the fair organisers are already preparing the Conference Programme for the next edition.

The involvement of all these participants, including both companies and government bodies, makes AULA an ideal event for all students to gain useful guidance regarding their educational future, without forgetting the considerable interest the fair has for all professionals working within the field of education.

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