On Saturday the 23rd of July we held our second Open day. We are very proud to announce that it was a resounding success as we had a lot lined up on the day. During his presentation about Belgium Campus, our Principal, Enrico Jacobs reiterated that Open days are very important in that prospects and their parents have a one on one encounter with current students, lecturers and the campus. He added that Belgium Campus offers top quality IT education and is affiliated with world renowned IT companies that add great value to the quality of the students produced by Belgium Campus.
Guest speakers, De Wet Naude, a Senior Director at SAP and Sean Mclean, an IBM representative both gave phenomenal and in-depth accounts of the relationships that these two IT giants have with Belgium Campus.
"Am very impressed with the calibre of these students. They are brilliant representatives for the Belgium Campus. They represent it so well, am out of words," notes one parent after being given a tour around the campus. “As parents we usually let our kids attend open days alone, but today I have come to realise the importance of also attending, you can't beat experiencing the atmosphere of the school, you just have to come,” he added.
Open days are very crucial for parents and prospective students. They can lead to a lasting and pivotal relationship. If the family and the campus hit it off, further dates can be arranged. That's the point at which they form a strong opinion about whether they want to enrol or not. Some prospective students were so impressed they left as fully registered Belgium Campus students.
“I really enjoyed the multimedia room. Talking to students who have actually visited the US is enough encouragement for me. They have opened my eyes to a whole different world that I didn’t know existed. I can’t wait to come and study here”’ said one grade 12 pupil.
Mr Dirk De Bruin, a marketer at Belgium Campus advised parents to make time and come for Open Days. "Attending Open Days is equally important for the parents. They get the chance to interact with lecturers and see first-hand how other students have turned out. That informs their decision as to whether they want their children enrolled or not."
It was not all work as a number of games were lined up for the day. Pokemon crazed students and prospects had a great time and some took part in a treasure hunt. Prospects and parents are encouraged to attend Open Days as there is a huge amount of information about study areas, course and scholarships options and surely, internet can’t offer first-hand experience of the campus’ atmosphere and its environment.