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11 March 2021

Taylor’s Reinvents Education Approach To Ensure Students Are Equipped With Industry-relevant Skillsets

Over the years, there’s a developing sentiment that skill mismatch among graduates and the rapid market needs are narrowing job opportunities for young career-seekers, despite the hundreds of thousands of vacancies being offered in both public and private sectors.

In 2019, Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) noted three main challenges surrounding the issue of graduate unemployment, that is the need of quality skills-based and job-relevant training; updated curricula and soft skills; and the gap between what the institutions produce and what the industry needs, in technical and soft skills[1].

Understanding this, Taylor’s University continued its efforts to reinvent its education approach and modules, ensuring that lessons are not only delivered in an inventive manner that is keeping up with the challenging times but also offering innovative programmes and subjects that is relevant to the current industrial needs. These three new innovative undergraduate courses are set to equip students with the relevant technical and soft skills that employers are seeking in fresh graduates.

INSPIRING LEADERS OF TOMORROW WITH BACHELOR OF SOCIAL SCIENCE (HONOURS)

Taylor’s University recently announced the launch of a new undergraduate course, Bachelor of Social Science, offering prospective students with an option to choose from two set of degrees – International Relations, and Social Innovations and Change. Taylor’s is the first university in Malaysia and Asia to offer the pioneering degree in Social Innovation and Change, as well as the first in Southeast Asia to introduce social sciences curriculum that incorporates a work-based learning approach.

The three-year bachelor’s degree programme merges two years of on-campus learning and one year of on-site work-based learning and is uniquely designed based on the Ministry of Higher Education’s (MOHE) vision to incorporate industrial-based training into the higher education curriculum. These programmes provide students the opportunity to practice deep thoughts on theory and at the same time be exposed to a one-year Work Based Learning experience in leading industries where they will be able to get a head start being exposed to the dynamic interplay between people, process, structure and develop professional networks within the working world even before graduation. Additionally, students will have industry mentors as teachers – providing them the chance to shadow great leaders in their day-to-day work; initiating crucial and meaningful conversations; as well as establishing networking opportunities ahead of their peers.

Taylor’s Bachelor of Social Sciences programme is the latest addition to one of the youngest and fastest growing schools in Taylor’s University, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS)

Final-year industrial exposure under Taylor's Bachelor of Social Science programmes will enable students to learn from notable local and international organisations.

PREPARING STUDENTS FOR AN ERA OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WITH BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) IN ROBOTIC DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Taylor’s University introduced Malaysia’s first and only Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Robotics Design and Development, in response to the growing demand for robotic products and services. The three-year interdisciplinary course combines specialisations in mechanical engineering, electrical and electronics engineering and computer science.

The first two-year of academic semesters will equip students with a sound understanding of fundamental theories and concepts in Robotics technology. In their final year, students are required to work at a company in partnership with Taylor’s for a year-long industry placement for work-based learning experience. This will allow students to work closely with industry experts to develop and integrate their knowledge and skills in multi-faceted areas – increasing the students’ flexibility to adapt to the current employment landscape.

The programme will be taught by 100% certified professionals with both academic and industrial backgrounds, including Professional Engineers and Professional Technologists in leading companies. This means that there is a potential opportunity for the students to be absorbed as interns or permanent staff in top-tier organisations before or upon graduation. With a flexible and innovative teaching framework powered by TCF, the School of Computer Science and Engineering at Taylor’s University, aims to offer graduates a fast-tracked entrance to the industry. 

Taylor's Robotic Design & Development undergraduate programme allows students to integrate their knowledge and skills in different areas to promote agility that's necessary in current employment landscape.

MAKING HEADWAY IN FASHION TECHNOLOGY WITH BACHELOR IN FASHION DESIGN TECHNOLOGY (HONOURS)

Recognising the significant impact of technology on the fashion business scene, Taylor’s University introduced the Bachelor in Fashion Design Technology (Honours) programme, the first such degree in the country. Offered under The Design School, Faculty of Innovation & Technology, this unique programme combines standard design and sewing curriculum injected with technological components in both learning experience and module contents.

The programme partners with Malaysia’s premiere fashion showcase, Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW), promising international fashion exposure and experience for its students under the tutelage of the reputable Andrew Tan, founder of KLFW and Programme Co-Director of Bachelor in Fashion Design Technology. The involvement of KLFW is set to bring about a positive impact to Malaysia’s fashion industry by producing more forward-thinking and skilfully equipped graduates.

The three-year programme puts emphasise on the overall development of our students, where the curriculum aims to broaden students’ horizons academically and prepare them for their future careers in the fashion arena. Through this unique programme, students will not only focus their learning on design aesthetics, but also on ethical and sustainable fashion. Subjects under the programme are carefully curated to support and produce future-thinking graduates, who will pioneer a new line of fashion apparel fashioned in an environmentally and socio-economically sustainable manner through the use of technology. Industry experience also awaits students as they get the opportunity to be involved in projects led by industry partners and fashion mentors, which will see them working with renowned brands and fashion designers via the KLFW network. 

Andrew Tan, Founder of KL Fashion Week

Final-year industrial exposure under Taylor's Bachelor of Social Science programmes will enable students to learn from notable local and international organisations.

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