Co-curating your education

  • Education
  • Thursday, 01 Nov 2018

Among the Life Skills Facilitators are a humanitarian, certified coaches, corporate trainers, a mindfulness expert and educators.

RECOGNISING the changing nature of the workforce, Taylor’s University has taken the necessary steps to ensure its students are equipped with the soft skills they need, which are important to have as in the fourth Industrial Revolution, human-centred characteristics will become more important than task-based characteristics.

It is predicted that students will not need to only study subjects related to their degree, as what is happening today.

The degree of tomorrow will be flexible in its design – it could feature a bit of accounting and some psychology; a bit of business and hospitality; a bit of engineering and project management. It will be entirely up to the learners on what they want to acquire while in university.

The university of the future

The Taylor’s Curriculum Framework (TCF) is a major initiative to transform the undergraduate degree curriculum so that graduates of Taylor’s University will be “Future Ready” and prepared to thrive in the fourth Industrial Revolution.

The decision to invoke this change came after listening to multiple data sources that highlighted the need for universities to prepare students with the skills to adapt to different jobs across different sectors.

With TCF, the main benefit to students is that they will be able to co-curate their education with Taylor’s University.

“With the new curriculum, each student is recognised as distinct individuals with differing strengths and abilities," says Taylor’s University deputy vice-chancellor and chief academic officer, Prof Dr Pradeep Nair.

The sky is the limit for students at Taylor’s – they can mix and match their subjects, allowing them to choose subjects that pique their interest or go deeper in a specific area of interest within their discipline.

This flexibility will enable students to go deeper into their field, outside their field, go into many fields, or in a second major, be good at two fields.

Another form of flexibility available is that students are now able to go beyond the borders of Taylor’s to study.

For instance, if students want to go overseas to study certain subjects in a particular university, the electives and co-modules can be taken abroad during a long and short semester.

Educators out to make a difference

One unique aspect of TCF is that all students will be required to take two modules; Life Skills for Success and Well-Being and Millennials in Malaysia: Team Dynamics and Relationship Management; that will allow them to focus on developing themselves and how to interact with others.

Through this, the students will learn how to thrive in team settings with the desired behavioural attributes as research has indicated towards the reality of future talents having to work across diverse teams, in multiple sectors and spanning over various cultures and contexts.

A specialised team of highly competent facilitators with diverse sets of expertise, called the Life Skills Coaches/Facilitators, was assembled to look into this aspect of the learning and delivering life skills modules approved by the Ministry of Higher Education; enabling all first-year students the opportunity to experience a transformational journey of self-discovery, catching foundational life skills, emotional intelligence and tools that will help with emotional well-being.

This has made Taylor’s University a pioneer in the country to embrace Life Skills in a formal and structured manner, through its successful incorporation into the curriculum.

The focus is beyond enabling successful individuals; it expands to growing significant contributors to their respective home and global societies, and making a positive difference to people’s lives.

This formidable team of 17 passionate educators are led by Jagmohan Singh, formerly the Field HR Director for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Hong Kong Section. For Jagmohan, empowering youth to take their place as positive contributors has always been a personal aspiration.

His face beamed with joy when he reminisced about his past experiences where he was able to motivate youth to excel in their lives towards significance.

“It has been my desire to be involved in initiatives that would help towards nation-building and I see this effort by Taylor’s as contributing towards growing the next generation of leaders and decision makers who are capable of steering the country towards greater governance,” said Jagmohan.

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