The value of higher education goes beyond obtaining technical knowhow, as colleges and universities guide students to not only embark on the path that will chart their lives, but also help define their characters through learning new skills.
Taylor’s College campus director Josephine Tan explained, “The exceptional success of our students is testament to our ongoing commitment for excellence at Taylor’s College. It is imperative that education institutions play a part to equip learners with a quality education and extensive skills so that they are able to meet the requirements of employers.
“We want to provide our students with a global outlook. Our students can study in an environment that is home to over 300 international students from 49 countries.”
This was certainly the case for twin brothers Ch’ng Chia Chen and Ch’ng Chia Geng, who were among the 14 recipients of the 2019 Top Achievers for the Taylor’s College Cambridge A Level, with their sterling 4A* performance, during the graduation ceremony for their cohort at the Lakeside Campus.
The graduating batch consisted of 164 students for Cambridge A Level, South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) International, as well as the Taylor’s Foundation Programmes.
While their time with Taylor’s College was an only brief year and a half, the choice to study at the college has helped pave the way for their future endeavours, fueled with intense learning to master before sitting for the final exams.
The twins believe that college life is more than just pursuing academic excellence with a distinguished higher learning institution, as the vibrant ecosystem of Taylor’s College enabled a facilitative learning environment and personal development.
“Taylor’s was the first choice for me, due to the vibrant college life and learning environment. My focus was to look for lecturers that were reputable and their credibility was quickly proven when I witnessed their passion in teaching.
“They always made sure that we understood the materials, motivated us when needed and challenged us to reach greater heights,” said Chia Geng, who was recognised as Top in the World for AS Mathematics and is looking to pursue higher education in United Kingdom, Hong Kong or Singapore.
The Taylor’s College Lakeside Campus enables a facilitative environment for students to pursue their studies, while enjoying student life and gaining new experiences.
For Chia Chen, as the vice president of the Taylor’s College Student Council, student life was enriched by non-academic activities that helped build up soft skills and wider exposure to new experiences.
He shared, “I was looking for an educational experience beyond scholastic knowledge, which is why I joined the Taylor’s College Student Council. The student body was an enriching experience, where I was introduced to social skills like time management and teamwork, especially in organising events for fellow Taylorians.
“During my tenure as the vice president, some of us were selected to be a part of the university governance committee - a first in Taylor’s history - and given access to experience discussions and decision-making processes with the Taylor’s management.
“Our involvement gave us an idea of how we could create bigger impact among the student community and create new policies that will benefit them.”
Hana Nadhirah Mohammad Kamal, the only student to be bestowed the Highest Subject Achiever Awards for Economics and English as a second language, echoed similar sentiments. She also achieved 99.55 in the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank to earn the title as the world’s top scorer amongst all SACE International students in the 2019 examination.
“I am humbled and delighted to have been recognised for my efforts, although I cannot take full credit for it as I had incredible support from my parents, lecturers and friends to get to where I am today.
“I did not know what to expect when I was selected to attend Taylor’s College, but I am glad that I was sent here, through my scholarship requirements. Taylor’s has an impressive experience in teaching, as well as providing a memorable college life for their students.
“The college-based assessment helped me garner skills in time management and teamwork. I have taken many fond memories with me and skills in which I can bring to university life,” she enthused, adding that she will be pursuing her studies in accountancy at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
The Taylor’s Cambridge A Level programme helps its students identify and discover the learning skills known as IsCoRe, which is developed through differentiated learning approaches for students to excel in their studies and achieve their university and career goals.
SACE International is an internationally recognised pre-university course, consisting of 70% college-based assessment moderated by the SACE board and 30% final examination marked in Australia. Graduates with the SACE International certificate are recognised by the world’s top universities.
Over the last five decades, Taylor’s College has built a strong track record of providing the best education for its students. In continuing its legacy of excellence, the institution recently inked a partnership with the University of South Australia (UniSA). Through this collaboration, both institutions will work together to provide access to two degrees - the Bachelor of Business (Management) and the Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) - within Taylor’s Lakeside Campus.
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