Get­ting the right head start

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Tay­lor’s Univer­sity of­fers a range of foun­da­tion cour­ses for school-leavers. It aims to em­power each stu­dent that comes through its doors with the best ed­u­ca­tion for them.

With that in mind, Tay­lor’s Univer­sity has started of­fer­ing foun­da­tion cour­ses across seven dis­ci­plines, namely ar­chi­tec­ture, Busi­ness, Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Com­put­ing, De­sign, En­gi­neer­ing and sci­ences (of­fered to stu­dents in­ter­ested in Bio­sciences, Medicine and Phar­macy).

By sign­ing up for these year­long cour­ses, stu­dents will be on the short­est path to their ca­reer of choice.

For those who have a clear idea of the field they would like to pur­sue, the foun­da­tion cour­ses of­fer a head start and al­low them to be ex­posed to sub­jects that are ben­e­fi­cial for their de­gree pro­gramme.

at Tay­lor’s Univer­sity, the ed­u­ca­tional fo­cus is stu­dent-cen­tric and Tay­lor’s strives to heighten stu­dents’ ex­pe­ri­ence while en­sur­ing they ac­quire skills that will help them in the fu­ture.

Tay­lor’s vice-chan­cel­lor and pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr Has­san said said: “Hav­ing a univer­sity de­gree is no longer the sole cri­te­ria to suc­ceed in ca­reer or even to se­cure a job upon grad­u­a­tion. stu­dents must be equipped with soft skills to suc­ceed in the work­ing world and most im­por­tantly be pre­pared to com­pete lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“To ad­dress this need, Tay­lor’s has put into place var­i­ous ini­tia­tives to pro­duce grad­u­ates who can shine in their fu­ture work­places and con­trib­ute to­wards na­tion build­ing.”

some of the ini­tia­tives avail­able to those who enrol in foun­da­tion­level cour­ses are the In­te­grated sci­ence Project, which im­ple­ments re­search skills and sci­en­tific con­cepts and bal­ances learn­ing out­comes with hands-on ex­per­i­men­ta­tions, ex­po­sure to cur­rent trends and de­vel­op­ment through the “learn­ing from Ex­perts” ini­tia­tive and “First year Ex­pe­ri­ence”, which pro­vide stu­dents with the sup­port to ad­just to univer­sity life and help them ex­cel in both aca­demic and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

ad­di­tion­ally, Tay­lor’s pro­vides all its stu­dents struc­tured aca­demic as­sis­tance through the Peer as­sisted learn­ing ser­vices (Pals).

By sub­scrib­ing to the Pals pro­gramme, new Tay­lor’s stu­dents will be able to take ad­van­tage of a se­nior who will men­tor them through their first year in a small group that is re­laxed, flex­i­ble and sup­ports an in­for­mal learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

ad­di­tion­ally, se­nior stu­dents will in­stil the skills of in­de­pen­dent learn­ing, crit­i­cal think­ing, prob­lem­solv­ing and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion in their ju­niors.

all this has been con­cep­tu­alised and im­ple­mented to pro­vide Tay­lor’s stu­dents with the abil­ity to fully use their time and be able to gain the nec­es­sary knowl­edge and skills for their course of choice.

Tay­lor’s prides it­self in the de­liv­ery of a holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion that re­sults in not just ex­cel­lent aca­demic ac­com­plish­ments but also in grad­u­ates with qual­i­ties that are highly sought-af­ter in the global mar­ket­place.

It pre­pares its grad­u­ates to be pro­fes­sion­ally com­pe­tent and jo­bready as they pos­sess an added edge to suc­ceed in their ca­reers.

This is also ev­i­dent in the high em­ploy­a­bil­ity rate of its grad­u­ates, with many se­cur­ing jobs even be­fore they have com­pleted their fi­nal ex­am­i­na­tions.

Tay­lor’s also be­lieves in pro­vid­ing ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion to ev­ery­one and to that end, has over rM12mil worth of scholarships and bur­saries avail­able.

Visit Tay­lor’s Univer­sity open Day on June 28 and 29, July 5 and 6.

For more in­for­ma­tion, log on to www.tay­, e-mail ad­mis­sions@tay­ or call 03-5629 5000.

Tay­lor’s Univer­sity Lake­side Cam­pus fa­cade.

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