Members of academia from Taylor’s University swept up four awards during the inaugural Reimagining and Redesigning Malaysian Higher Education Award 2017, organised by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia earlier this week.
Dr. Wong Yau Hsiung, a lecturer from Taylor’s School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, was named “Champion” for the category of “Pengalaman Pembelajaran Imersif Teradun (Blended)”, walking away with a RM20,000 research grant and a trophy. Dr Wong, who teaches Chemistry to students from the American Degree Transfer Programme (ADP), was recognised for his effort in coming up with an innovative blended learning approach known as R.A.S.A. Model, which allows him to deliver his teaching to his students using cutting-edge technology. Through this interactive and creative approach to education, he has been able to create an engaging experience for students’ and cultivate in them an interest for Chemistry.
Another entry that was declared “Champion” was the Foodservice Entrepreneurship Module taught by three lecturers from the School of Culinary Arts and Food Studies, titled MyRestaurant: Pioneering Concepts into Reality. For their holistic effort to empowering students from their School with entrepreneurialism skills and the foundation to manage their own food business at Taylor's University; Murugan Krisnamoorthy, Siti Ramadhaniatun Ismail and Nadzri Mohd Alim were awarded RM20,000 in research grant and a trophy for the “Pengalaman Pembelajaran Imersif Bersemuka” category.
Two other entries from Taylor’s University were awarded third place in the categories of “Kurikulum Program Pengajian Inovatif” and “Pengalaman Pembelajaran Imersif Maya” respectively, with the academics; Dr Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan and Ms Nur Ainif Omar, Ms Haniffa Beevi and Mr Serit Banyan; walking away with RM10,000 in research grants for each win.
Taylor’s University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Michael Driscoll shared his elation over the win, adding that this achievement proved that academics from Taylor’s have been able to tailor make their approach to teaching according to the students’ needs.
“I am pleased that our educators have been recognised for their respective innovativeness. I hope that this spurs others to also reinvent their teaching approach to better equip students with the best education possible,” said Professor Driscoll.
The Reimagining and Redesigning Malaysian Higher Education Award 2017 was established this year and is headed by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Professor of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning, Datuk Dr Mohamed Amin Embi.
The award is aimed at identifying, giving recognition and sharing of project best practices, projects and initiatives that have been implemented either at institutions or individual level. It is also in line with the Ministry’s mandate to rethink and redesign higher education, especially in the way universities handle the teaching and learning process, in keeping with the 4th Industrial Revolution.