LEARNING from the past to futureproof itself has been the key to Taylor’s Education Group becoming a successful group of private education institutions.
In fact, it has grown from a four-storey building on Jalan Pantai Baru in Bangsar to having a lakeside university and college campus, four private schools and a university in Vietnam, over 50 years.
During a grand gala dinner to mark its 50th anniversary at the Taylor’s Lakeside Campus early this week, group chief executive officer Datuk Loy Teik Ngan says the institution began as a branch of Taylor’s College Melbourne in 1969.
Half a century ago, he adds, that same college decided to “go where the market was” when they noticed that many of their international students were from Malaysia.
It offered the first pre-university programme in Malaysia, the Victorian High School Certificate.
“It offered students the chance to get their much-cherished degree that would promise them a better life in the future.
“Colleges like Taylor’s offered pathways to countries like Australia,” he says.
It also pioneered the South Australian
Matriculation (now SACE International) and Cambridge A-Levels
programmes in 1982 and 1991 respectively.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng who was enrolled in Taylor’s College in 1979, went on to pursue his degree in Monash University, Australia, and came back to serve the community.
Lim, in his speech, says it is amazing that Taylor’s has grown to what it is today.
“I think you all deserve a round of applause.
“Congratulations on your 50th anniversary and 50 years of academic success,” he says, adding that its success lies in its ability to produce “capable human leaders.”
Taylor’s University vice-chancellor and president Prof Michael Driscoll says the university aims to be among the top universities in Asia within the next three years.
Although it is already the best Malaysian private university according to the QS Stars University Ratings 2019-2022 with a 5-star overall rating, he says, the most important thing for Taylor’s is its students’ experiences.
“Whatever the challenges of the future, we need to provide our students with good experiences, education and a good start to their careers,” he says.
Prof Driscoll adds that the university will continue to adapt its courses and student experience to match the evolving world outside the campus gates.
“We don’t want to educate our students to perpetuate the past. We want our students to make the world of the future a better place,” he adds.
Taylor’s has also been recognised as the most sought-after Malaysian private university by global employers in the QS World University Rankings 2020. This is the second consecutive year that Taylor’s University is ranked in the top 1 percent globally for employer reputation.
Taylor’s College Student Council president Sanjay Mogan, 19, says Taylor’s is a place where lecturers and students can sit down together and brainstorm ideas while learning.
As an A-Levels student, he adds, there were times he felt down when he could not cope with his studies.
“(There was) this particular lecturer who would always have our backs when this sort of situation happened.
“She would set up meetings, ask us what’s wrong and what we could do to improve our grades.
“This compassionate behaviour can be seen in all our lecturers at Taylor’s,” he adds.
During the dinner, guests were told about the proposed next phase. This includes a sustainable sports facility that has eco-friendly elements to reduce energy consumption.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh and Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil, who are Taylor’s alumni were present at the dinner.