Hundreds of high-school and community-college students filed into The Jamaica Pegasus hotel yesterday for the second day of the Jamaican leg of the 2013 Caribbean Regional Education Tour.
The annual event brings representatives of some of Canada's top universities and colleges to meet local students and provide information on study opportunities.
Yasmin Chong, the organiser of the event, said Jamaica was the second stop in the six-nation tour, which is sponsored by the Canadian government's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
"We (Jamaica) have the distinction of being the only stop with two legs - Kingston and Montego Bay - and we are the largest contingent in terms of students," she said.
This year, representatives from 24 Canadian institutions came to meet students from about 80 schools. The Montego Bay leg is set for tomorrow.
Chong said the Jamaican schools selected span all corners of the island.
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"What we're saying, through an initiative like this, is that we want to introduce the idea of studying abroad," she said. "It doesn't have to be Canada … but this gives them an opportunity to just look at what the offerings are."
Charlie Smith High School student Sadike Daley said he went to five booths and was especially impressed with those offering business courses.
"I like everything that I see here. They've taught me a lot. I wish I could have come for all three days," he said. "I am definitely looking at studying in Canada. Hopefully, that will happen."
Glenmuir High sixth-formers Brianna Menzie and Christena Richards were also grateful for the opportunity.
"It's been really good. Most of the schools seem nice," said Menzie. "The options overall are very good, and the tuition fees are reasonable."
Richards wanted to see more students from local schools at the event.
"I think it's very organised; however, I think they should have advertised it more," she said. "I'm sure that other schools would like to come and see what's here."