Written by Irfarina Ahmad Nazli
Taylor’s Education Group (TEG) is one the most well-established and reputable organizations in Malaysia’ education industry. Comprised of 7 international schools, 2 private colleges and now a university of its own, its humble beginnings in 1969 has much to contribute in shaping the company’s current success.
The company’s motto focuses on ‘wisdom, integrity and excellence’. It has served to be a motivating factor for all its staff and students toward achieving the best academically as well as being a well-rounded individual.
List of Education Institutions in Taylor’s Education Group
This list is a compilation of education institutions owned by Taylor’s Education Group. The group also manages and collaborates with other institutions from neighbouring countries.
International School – Primary and Secondary Level
- Nexus International School, Singapore
- Nexus International School, Putrajaya
- Garden International School, Kuala Lumpur
- Garden International School, Kuantan
- Australian International School, Malaysia
- Taylor’s International School, Kuala Lumpur
- Taylor’s International School, Puchong
College – Tertiary Level (Certificate Level)
- Taylor’s College Subang Jaya
- Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas
University – Tertiary Level (Up to PhD Level)
- Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus,
International Network and Collaborations
According to Mr Ahmad Fairuz Effendee, a Senior Executive at Marketing & International Student Recruitment Taylor’s University, the institution has come a long way since its establishment in 2010. From its 7 years of operation, it has enjoyed the privilege of working with multiple ASEAN countries, among them Singapore and Vietnam, and they are working hard to be recognized on a global platform.
In terms of its partnership with Vietnam’s University, Duy Tan University, both have agreed to introduce a dual-degree programme for students in Hospitality Management, based on a 2.5+1.5 course structure agreement. It launched in 2015 and students from this university will spend its final year with Taylor’s University whereby at graduation, will be granted degrees from both universities.
As for its partnership with Western countries, such as the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Mr Ahmad mentioned that such relationship was formed by their American Degree Programme (ADP), where students are to complete the remaining duration of their studies in these countries as a form of educational exposure. These students are expected to use this advantage to transform Malaysia into a better country in their future service, or become role models in their field of choice.
In reference to the partnership Taylor’s shares with the United States, it is also worth mentioning that Taylor’s University once hosted the “Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative” (YSEALI) event in November 2015, which saw the attendance of Barack Obama, the former U.S. President in its premises, and attended by over 500 YSEALI members, the biggest congregation held for the said event.
Whereas, in their partnership with Australia, specifically Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Taylor’s University has been enjoying a short-term mobility project funded by the Australian Federal Government, allowing its students to complete their internship in Taylor’s University. Students sent here will also undergo an intensive short course, of about 2-3 weeks on Malaysian food and cuisine.
The course outline for this programme gives emphasis on Malaysia’s cultural heritage, and is reflected in the making of our cuisines and gastronomy. Not only were the Australian students given a chance to prepare Malaysian cuisine with specialist chef-Lecturers, but the Taylor’s management went beyond in showing Malaysian hospitality by inviting them to stay at an agri-tourism homestay in Kuala Selangor. This idea was proposed to broaden the students’ perspective of the local practices here, through activities like rice planting, visiting palm oil, rubber, coconut and tapioca plantations, as well as first-hand experience in buying local produce at traditional farmers markets.
Such opportunities for transfer programmes are developed by Taylor’s University’s Global Mobility Office (GMO). Their effort has been tremendous, as Taylor’s now will see a larger pool of global partnership in 30 countries by year 2018. Austria, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, France, Spain and Italy are all eager to start their partnership with Malaysia, as they want their students to have the Asian experience in a well facilitated environment for international students. Mr Ahmad said they are placing high hopes on signing more partnership agreements with other potential countries, including Macau, Ireland and Norway.