Qs World University Tour Expands Into India For August 2013

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Citing growing demand from universities to reach students looking for undergraduate degrees, the venerable tour shifts its focus on India and expands into high school visits.

The United States is the number one destination for students from India and enrollment of students at the undergraduate level continues to grow. Responding to a surge of interest in American undergraduate education, QS announces that it has redesigned its QS World University Tour to include high school visits and expanded student interview opportunities for universities. To better accommodate the school calendar in India, the tour has also shifted dates and will run from August 2 to August 12. It will visit the key undergraduate markets of Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore.

Nunzio Quacauarelli, the founder and Managing Director of QS said, "As income levels rise in India and demand for places at top-ranked domestic universities cannot be met, we hear that families are considering degrees abroad more than ever. By tailoring the QS World University Tour to the students' calendars, the company believes it can help families better understand this big decision." The QS World University Tour will be co-hosted by the company's partner in India, the Manya Group, whose Manya Abroad counseling and placement services are growing in both popularity and effectiveness to an increasing number of universities worldwide. Manya surveyed its many high school connections to identify the early tour dates, viewing early August as an ideal time to engage students in the preparation needed to study abroad.

Manya and QS have working together for the past 18 months as partners in QS Advance, a direct recruiting service that brings universities deeper into the India market. A number of these clients have confirmed that early August is ideal for their recruiting efforts as the worldwide calendar of fairs, expos and events and is already over scheduled during the normal fall season. "This pre-season tour to India should really help our efforts to better connect with the India market and help us deepen our ties with India," says Bryan Gross, Associate Vice-President of Enrollment at St. John's University. St. John's is one of 36 American university participants in the QS Advance service. A growing number of European and Australian universities are also looking to QS and Manya for assistance in India.

The QS World University Tour in India will be comprehensive and include high school visits, mini-fairs and chances for selected families to meet recruiters directly. A university fair that targets undergraduate-bound students will highlight each city visit. They are:

  •     Sunday, August 4 – Delhi
  •     Tuesday, August 6 – Hyderabad
  •     Thursday, August 8 – Chennai
  •     Sunday, August 11 – Bangalore

The company reports that further detail on fair venues and school visits will be announced shortly. Fairs are open to colleges and universities worldwide and the number of institutions will be limited to 25.

Manya Group's co-founder and managing director Aradhana Khaitan Mahna states, "Manya is delighted to extend our relationship with QS. The QS World University Rankings and QS Star Ratings have provided students with great insight into the reputation of overseas universities and the company has become a well-recognized brand in India." QS's Quacquarelli has equally positive things to state about the venture adding, "The quality of counselors and their reach into high schools is having a growing and positive effect on student services in India. Manya is opening doors to many India students by giving them insight to the broad base of options available abroad. We see this as a beautiful partnership."

Universities looking to participate in the 2013 QS World University Tour in India should contact their account manager or connect with Mark Shay, Business Development Director, +1-610-357-4648 or mark(dot)shay(at)QS(dot)com. Students wishing to register for the events and possible university meetings should visit http://www.topuniversities.com/user/register and register.

About QS:

Since 1990, QS has become established as the world’s leading network for top careers and education. Producers of the QS World University Rankings®, QS’s innovative research, events, publications and university solutions provide new ways of bringing universities into contact with the best and brightest students worldwide. QS Events put over 1,000 university clients on the road with QS World MBA Tour, QS World Grad School Tour, QS World University Tour plus conferences and seminars. Over 14 million web visitors will see universities profiled on TopMBA.com and TopUniversities.com and over 50 million people will be exposed to universities through QS World University Rankings® and QS Stars. Over 400 university clients use the company's software for student exchange, study abroad and prospect management. At the heart of QS is independent expertise with a global footprint. The company is headquartered in London with major offices in Paris, Stuttgart and Singapore.

About Manya Group:

Manya Education Private Limited (MEPL) was set up in 2002 as a first of its kind, one-stop solution provider in overseas education. Named after one of the 1008 avatars of Goddess Saraswati, Manya signifies the free flow of wisdom and consciousness while discriminating between wrong and right. In the last decade, MEPL has successfully established itself as the national leader in three broad domains namely: study Abroad test preparation, Overseas Admissions and Skill building especially in language and communication training

Today, MEPL is proud to have been able to guide more than 75,000 students of varied profiles to embark on some of the most fascinating higher education and professional journeys. Manya has a growing network of 25 offices spread across New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Guwahati, Coimbatore and Chandigarh.

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