Students visit sanctuary

INSPIRED by a National Geographic video clip featuring the Elephant Sanctuary in Krau Wildlife Reserve in Lanchang, Pahang, a team of nine members from the Taylor's Business School Sky Adventure Club decided to make an actual exploration on their own to this sanctuary, which is also one of the oldest protected areas in Malaysia. 

One of the highlights of the adventure was the blind trail activity where everyone was blindfolded and walked by holding onto the shoulder of the person in front of them in a follow-the-leader style. The leader in front was then directed along the route by the sound of clapping hands. 

“This was certainly not an easy task as we needed to depend entirely on our sense of hearing, touching and smelling. Before long, we were soon sliding, stumbling and bumping into trees!” said Beatrice Goh, 18. 

FORGING FORWARD: Students, with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them, trustingly follow the sound of clapping hands, even right into a muddy pond.

“One of the most important skills that I learned during this trip was the right way to read a compass and use it to navigate our way in the forest,” said Yang An Yi, also 18. 

James Wong, 20, the club's president, said, “After this trip, everyone went home with an even greater respect for Mother Nature, from every tiny plant, animal, insect and even the leeches which had a great feast on us!” 

TAYLOR'S College and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) of Australia have announced a collaboration to offer a 3+0 Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Science course. 

Through this 3+0 degree, students can opt for a transfer to RMIT after the successful completion of three semesters at Taylor's. 

Commencing this February, the course aims to produce graduates who are both well-versed and knowledgeable in the industry, display excellent programming skills, are capable of designing, implementing and maintaining complex software systems and who can foresee and readily adapt to new advances in the rapidly changing IT environment. 

Students who graduate with a degree in IT are usually more skilled at applying and operating computer software. A degree in Computer Science however, encompasses both the application plus the design of the programmes and systems. 

Dr Khoo Soo Peng, president of the Taylor's Education Group said, “RMIT is the best in what they offer. The Computer Science programme has been awarded Level 1 accreditation, the highest possible with the Austra-lian Computer Society and we are proud to be working in collaboration with them.” 

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