INTERNATIONALLY-recognised degrees at your doorstep and top-notch grooming for going abroad to further your studies are what all SPM-holders hope to achieve.
Taylor’s College works towards ensuring that all its students obtain qualifications that are recognised and respected globally within academic institutions and the job market.
“We ensure that our delivery and facilities are good, and that all aspects of education command the respect, internationally, of people within the industry,” says Taylor's Education Group executive committee chairman Datuk Loy Teik Ngan.
While the college was first started in 1969 for pre-university courses, such as A-Levels, South Australian Matriculation (SAM) and Canadian Pre-University Matriculation, it has since expanded to develop tertiary education programmes.
Apart from the pre-university faculty, there are now eight schools offering diplomas, and twinning degrees with foreign universities. They include Taylor’s Business School (TBS), the School of Engineering, School of Communication, Taylor’s Law School, the School of Architecture and Quantity Surveying, the School of Computing, the School of Hospitality and Tourism (TCHT) and the American Degree Programme.
TCHT and TBS are the largest schools in the country catering for these subjects. They each have strong alliances with foreign universities – TCHT runs courses in collaboration with the University of Toulouse in France, while TBS has strong links with University of Technology, Sydney, giving students the opportunity to attain a foreign education right at home.
Taylor’s College is the first and only institution in Malaysia to offer a foreign 3+0 Bachelor’s in Hospitality and Tourism Management (Hons) programme, and has its own campus in Petaling Jaya which is fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
The hospitality and tourism bachelor degree is awarded by the University of Toulouse, while diploma and higher diploma qualifications are awarded by Academie de Toulouse, a division of France's Education Ministry. The diploma courses are conducted by TCHT in line with the Brevet de Technicien Superieur (BTS), the French national qualification.
After the diploma, students have the option of getting a bachelor degree locally at the TCHT campus, or going to Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia.
For those who do not meet the pre-requisites for the BTS, TCHT also offer a skills-based Hotel Industry Apprenticeship Scheme and specialised certificate courses in Food and Beverage Service, and Food Production.
The 3+0 Bachelor of Business in Accounting, Information Technology, Finance and Marketing are also run jointly with a foreign institution. In collaboration with University of Technology Sydney (UTS), also known as “The Powerhouse of Business,” Taylor’s College offers a Bachelor of Business degree in more than 14 specialisations at TBS in Petaling Jaya.
Students are given the option of completing their entire degree locally at TBS or transferring to UTS in Australia after completing three semesters at Taylor’s College. SPM-holders have the further option of pursuing a double degree within the four-year period.
TBS caters well for its students and has a large range of facilities, including a Knowledge Resource Centre (library), spacious lecture and tutorial rooms, cafeteria and well-equipped computer labs.
A Career Centre within TBS helps students determine their career goals and interests, and assists them with internships during their course and with employment upon graduation.
In fact, industrial training is a crucial part of the curriculum for most of the programmes in the college, and students are sent out for industrial training during the course of their studies.
Taylor’s College’s other schools have also established strong affiliations with both foreign and local universities, including University of Sheffield for law and engineering degrees, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne for the Diploma in Computer Science, and Universiti Sains Malaysia for mass communication programmes.
Loy added that there are plans in the pipeline for expanding their partnerships with other universities. For these programmes, degrees are examined, moderated and conferred by the respective foreign or local partner institutions, with input from internal academic staff.
Students in these programmes are often given the option of studying abroad in a range of universities in either the UK or Australia or, in the case of the American Degree Programme, the US. For example, the completion of a Diploma in Building Studies at the School of Architecture and Quantity Surveying will enable students to transfer their credits to universities abroad should they choose to pursue further studies. With this diploma, students can gain direct entry into the final year of University of Melbourne’s Architecture and Property Construction degrees.
Alternatively, they can opt to study at University of Strathclyde, Loughborough University or Robert Gordon University in the UK, and University of Technology, Sydney, University of Tasmania or Queensland University of Technology in Australia.
Also, students who graduate with a diploma in Computer Studies can go on to study at renowned institutions in the UK, University of Kent at Canterbury, Loughborough University and University of Strathclyde, or in Australia, the University of Queensland, RMIT University, University of Adelaide, La Trobe University, Swinburne University of Technology, and University of Western Australia.
Apart from the twinning or 3+0 programmes run jointly between Taylor’s College and foreign universities, pre-university students at the college have also gone on to study at prestigious academic institutions the world over.
With their good results in A-Levels, SAM and the Canadian pre-university matriculation, Taylor’s students have been accepted to study at universities such as Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, Carnegie Mellon in the US and University of Melbourne in Australia.
Lecturers from the college’s foreign twinning partners also come into the college to teach students, train staff and review the programmes taught in local campuses.
Taylor’s College has over 6,000 students in four campuses in Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya, Selangor.It hopes to build a new campus in Petaling Jaya where all tertiary programmes will be relocated. The pre-university programmes and TCHT will remain in their present campuses.
“We are still in the process of purchasing the land and we aim to have it up in about three years’ time. By having a bigger campus, we can promote a campus lifestyle; and by moving the tertiary programmes, we will also have more space at the pre-university site for a better quality environment,” said Loy.
The new campus is set to house a large range of facilities, including provision for student recreation and sports, and hostels for foreign and outstation students.
Taylor’s College is contributing four full scholarships to the Star Education Fund 2004, worth RM156,180.
Log on to http://thestar.com.my/education/colleges/scholarships.html for an application form. You can also send a stamped (40 sen) self-addressed envelope (25cm x 30cm) to The Secretary, The Star Education Fund, c/o Star Publications (M) Bhd, P.O. Box 9116, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, to obtain an application form.
For enquiries, call 03-7967 1388 ext 1642.