OUR GRADUATES hit the ground running!” says Ooi Chee Kok, deputy president of Taylor's Education Bhd and chief operating officer of Taylor's Business School, when speaking about how Taylor's College students are prepared for the professional working world.
An apt statement indeed, taking into account the emphasis Taylor's puts on providing a holistic and hands-on educational experience for its students.
Walking into Taylor's College, Subang Jaya or Taylor's Business School, one cannot help but be taken with the modern yet cosy atmosphere within.
At Taylor's, students are not only provided with a comfortable and conducive learning environment, but are also given the opportunity to equip themselves with the necessary skills for their chosen professional paths.
Its career centre regularly organises talks and seminars by professionals from various industries and the public sector to give students an insight into industry.
Furthermore, internships with companies are greatly encouraged, and even compulsory in some programmes. Taylor's even has arrangements with certain organisations to have their undergraduates help with research programmes.
“The key to ensuring that our students are prepared for the working world is really the curriculum they go through. The syllabus has very strong application modules, with tight deadlines and an emphasis on the use of English, which is the communication language of the business world. Students also have a lot of interaction with the industry, where they learn to apply the knowledge they have acquired,” Ooi says.
Lee Wei Kit, 20, who is pursuing his Diploma in Architectural Technology, had no qualms about furthering his studies in Taylor's College. “Even before I started, I had friends who spoke very highly of the experienced lecturers in Taylor's. Once I joined, I saw for myself how willing they were to sacrifice their time to help the students. They even have discussions after class to ensure we understand our lessons,” says Wei Kit.
In line with its aim to create one of the best teaching-learning environments, Taylor's College ensures that every aspect of its service is first-rate, be it the programmes, lecturers or facilities. “At Taylor's, we have a very strong culture of quality. We look for benchmarks from around the world so that we don't fall behind. This is especially so since we prepare students for international careers as well as further education,” stresses Ooi.
As part of its efforts in maintaining the highest standards, Taylor's invests greatly in its facilities, both in terms of physical amenities as well as information technology. Students are surveyed each year to help determine their needs and demands. Moreover, partner universities conduct regular visits for quality assurance. Such stringent measures are undeniably part of the reason why Taylor's College has succeeded in reaching an ISO 9002 rating.
The academic staff in Taylor's are encouraged to continuously develop their potential and experience. Lecturers are also sent abroad to partner universities for teaching stints, while foreign academics are brought in for an exchange of ideas and skills.
Wei Kit who is a Star Education Fund recipient, readily attests to the quality of Taylor's staff. He says the staff at the college are always willing to offer help and guidance. “The lecturers really helped me progress as a student. As there is no right or wrong when it comes to architecture, their guidance taught me to become someone who can expand in many directions,” he says.
Taylor's College offers a wide range of options to its students. The programmes currently available are Pre-University, Business, Computing, Law, Communication, Engineering, Hospitality and Tourism, American Degree Transfer Programme, Architecture and Quantity Surveying, and Biomedical Science.
What's more, students get to further their education at world-class institutions such as The University of Melbourne, University of Technology Sydney, The University of Newcastle and RMIT University in Australia; The University of Sheffield, The University of Reading, and University of the West of England in the United Kingdom; University of Toulouse in France; and Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Besides rigorous academic training, Ooi says Taylor's students are strongly encouraged to participate in extra-curricular endeavours. “We have so many societies and clubs that students can get involved in; such activities build leadership and organisational skills. The Performing Arts Society, for example, stages a production every year. We also have a very motivated International Students Council, that organises activities to integrate foreign and local students. For those who want more excitement, there's the Adventure Club; they even climbed Mount Kinabalu! Besides that, there are dance, music, sports and charity clubs,” Ooi enthuses.
Many events are organised to provide an enriching experience for Taylor's students. Ooi says this is meant to create an exciting and challenging environment for students. He further adds: “The students' mindset when they come in is that they want to achieve. Their desire to succeed is usually very high.”
Taylor's nurtures this desire. The college has produced more than 40,000 graduates to date, most of whom have gone on to pursue successful careers or further studies.
According to Ooi, Taylor's graduates are usually well accepted by the industries because of their thorough theoretical and practical training.
“It is our aim to create students who fit in both locally as well as in the global community when they start working,” Ooi concludes.