WHEN she looks back at her son’s university life, Elsy Tan is grateful for the grounding he received.
“He threw himself into university life, got involved in AIESEC, emceed many university events and then, when I thought he had done everything he wanted, he contested and became president of the student council.
“In the one year he was in the student council, he further honed his leadership skills and learned how to guide his team in order to work cohesively to achieve great success. I could not be more proud of just how much he’s grown; he literally ‘blossomed’ at Taylor’s University!” the mother shared with pride.
The beginning to that wholesome approach to university life began with a simple step: a click of the mouse.
“My husband and I looked at the potential choices for our son and he did the same. After we each did our homework, we discussed the choices and evaluated factors such as the reputation of the university, cost of education, travelling time, distance from home, transport arrangements, among others.
“A joint decision is obviously the best way to proceed as my husband and I and our son would have researched the many suitable education options available to make the final decision.
“Ultimately, we wanted to make an informed decision, together, ” said Tan.
The senior PR practitioner shared that they put their heads together to evaluate all the choices before making their decision.
“We decided as a family unit on Taylor’s University. Not only is it a well-respected and highly recognised institution, it also has a strong culture of empowering its students. Our son was able to build on his critical thinking and leadership skills but also had the guaranteed platform to do his internship through the Taylor’s World Class Scholarship programme.
“He applied for this while studying for his Economics and Finance degree and to our great joy, was accepted into the award programme. The best part of it was the work experience component that was weaved into the programme. Being able to benefit from that experience opened doors for him that he may not have had the opportunity to go through otherwise, ” she said.
Taylor’s University has had a longstanding reputation with leading employers in Malaysia which has allowed it to provide meaningful internship opportunities to countless students since its establishment in 2010.
Taylor’s University’s rapport with employers is reflected and acknowledged through awards such as the Graduate Recruitment Awards 2018 “Career Centre of the Year” (Private University) in 2018 – which has been awarded to Taylor’s since its introduction in 2014 – as well as ranking results conducted by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
Since breaking into the different rankings exercises, such as QS Asia University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and QS Graduate Employability Rankings, Taylor’s University has registered growth year on year in the employer reputation indicator – an affirmation by employers regarding the quality of Taylor’s graduates.
BMW Group Malaysia head of human resources Arthur Wong shared that the company’s partnership with Taylor’s goes beyond attending the Taylor’s School of Engineering Industry Advisory Panel meetings in order to ensure the curriculum is relevant to today’s employers but also through partnerships for bursary programmes like Taylor’s World Class Scholarship.
“From our experience, Taylor’s University graduates are able to integrate well into a corporate organisation. They are also equipped with the right skills and mindset to start their career. Some of the qualities that I have noticed in a student from Taylor’s University are that they are mature, adaptable and fast learners, ” he said.
Johnson & Johnson talent acquisition lead Geraldine David concurred, adding that some of the qualities that she has noticed in a student from Taylor’s University are that they are self-driven and competitive.
“Taylor’s students are able to communicate well, multitask efficiently and perform duties out of their job scope, ” she said.
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