Guiding students into realising their full potential

  • Education
  • Monday, 22 Oct 2018

Top student Chang (left) with his mother and sisters after the South Australian Matriculation/SACE International Awards Ceremony.

SACE International (formerly South Australian Matriculation) students at Taylor’s College enjoy a unique privilege – access to academics who have an established track record in providing students with the best teaching and learning experience.

Earlier this year, Taylor’s College’s 2017 SACE International cohort marked a new milestone as they swept up all 26 subject merits awarded by the SACE Board of South Australia. More than half of the 2017 cohort achieved Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATARs) of 80 and above, earning them positions in the top 20% of SACE International students worldwide.

Campus director Josephine Tan says that this achievement was a historic one as it is testament to the quality of the SACE International programme offered at Taylor’s College.

“I am extremely proud of two of our students – Yeong Yining and Chang Wei Shien – who each attained an ATAR of 99.90. This achievement places them among the top 1% of SACE International students worldwide,” says Tan.

Yeong and Chang were ecstatic about their respective academic performances. The occasion was doubly special for Yeong, who was granted the SACE International Highest Achiever Award – the highest honour an SACE International student can attain.

Yeong credits her lecturers and peers from the SACE International programme for her success, saying that she could not have achieved what she did without their support and encouragement.

“Studying at Taylor’s College has been a great journey because of two things – friends and food. I wanted to get the most out of my pre-university life and threw myself headfirst into the experience. I was fortunate to meet individuals who not only supported me in my education but also joined me in food escapades in the area.

“I could not have achieved this success without my friends’ support and family’s encouragement,” says the aspiring engineer, who cites her effective time management skills as the reason she was able to shine in academic efforts and extracurricular activities.


Yeong Yining receiving the SACE International Highest Achiever Award from Taylor’s University’s deputy vice-chancellor and chief academic officer Prof Dr Pradeep Nair.


Fellow subject merit award recipients Abirrhami S. Rajagopal and Nur Hidayati Muhamad attribute their achievements to the support they received from their lecturers.

Abirrhami, who is studying chemical engineering at University of Auckland, shares that one of the things she is grateful for from her time at Taylor’s College is how she was able to develop strong bonds with her lecturers.

“The lecturers at Taylor’s were so engaging and approachable that all it took was raising my hand during class for them to try their best to help me with my question, sometimes even going to the extent of answering my questions at eye level. I have never had that kind of support before and am thankful to have received it from all my lecturers,” says Abirrhami.

Nur Hidayati shares that studying at Taylor’s College was a fresh experience for her.

“At Taylor's, I was able to develop the flexibility to approach tasks from different perspectives. It was a new take that I feel will let me ease into university life. I appreciate the fact that my lecturers took the time to explain concepts to us, which allowed us to better understand the subjects.

“One example that stands out is when a lecturer returned my Legal Studies assignment draft to me after she had gone through it. She had included constructive feedback in the draft, which I learnt from and made sure to use in submitting a better response for the next assignment.

“Such input was highly beneficial and helped me in my next assignment,” says the Petronas Scholarship recipient, who is currently pursuing accounting and finance at University of Melbourne.

Fellow 2017 cohort member Lee Su Mae says that her time at Taylor’s College enabled her to gain entry to a top university in the United Kingdom.

Lee, who is pursuing her studies in economics at the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE), was confident that she could get into LSE with her results thanks to her diligence throughout the course of her pre-university studies.

Lee (second from left) with three of her SACE International coursemates.

“As the top university for economics in the UK, LSE was undoubtedly my first choice and I made it a personal obligation to do whatever it took to gain entry.

“Thanks to the support of lecturers at Taylor’s College and my strict approach to time management, I was able to excel at my studies and finished my time at Taylor’s with an ATAR of 98.90,” says Lee.

She shares that she enrolled in Taylor’s College because its SACE International programme has an exceptional reputation for producing graduates who achieve high ATARs.

“I appreciate the dedication and commitment of the lecturers as they were genuinely invested in our education and cared about our well-being. They gave me the skills and knowledge I need for university life, which involves learning independently in a diverse environment,” she says.

Taylor’s College has a track record that is second to none in preparing graduates to gain admission to the finest universities in the world. Its SACE International students who completed their education last year have moved on to prestigious universities such as University of Oxford in the UK, Cornell University in the US, University of Melbourne in Australia, National University of Singapore and University of Hong Kong.

Since its inception, Taylor’s College has provided a platform for countless Malaysian youth to achieve their full potential. The launch of its first offering (an Australian pre-university programme) in 1969 made it a pioneer in pre-university studies in Malaysia.

Taylor’s College takes its responsibility in giving students the best head start to their future very seriously as the importance of providing the right start through a holistic approach to teaching, strong student support and placing students in universities of their choice cannot be overstated.

Taylor’s College offers the Cambridge A-Levels and SACE International programmes at Taylor’s Lakeside Campus.

For details on the Cambridge A-Levels and SACE International programmes offered by Taylor’s College, visit

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