STARTING March 2018, incoming students at Taylor’s University will be able to benefit from the new curriculum framework.
They can explore subjects across different fields, pursue a minor in a field of their choice, double up with a second major, and/or dive deeper into an area of specialisation within their degree.
Known as the Taylor’s Curriculum Framework, it is designed to give students greater flexibility to tailor-make their course to suit their strengths, interests and career ambitions.
Certain degree pairings would make for powerful combinations that could enhance the skills and employability of graduates from Taylor’s University when they enter the workforce. For example, a graduate with a degree in Law could benefit from a minor in Psychology, or students from the School of Engineering have the option to double up with a major in another discipline like Entrepreneurship.
“We believe that by giving students options, it will empower them to make choices of their own,” deputy vice chancellor and chief academic officer, Prof Dr Pradeep Nair, said.
Besides the greater freedom in co-curating their course structure, students can expect to get greater exposure across multiple discipline areas, be it in arts, sciences, humanities or more.
Exploring new fields
While taking up a variety of modules during their course, students may discover a new found passion in a discipline outside of their current field.
“We’re already seeing so many students who for example, study medicine but go on to pursue different career paths. The young generation don’t want to be constrained within a particular discipline.
“We believe that because students will be going to be in different jobs throughout their career, we have to prepare them with the necessary skills to adapt to different jobs,” Prof Pradeep said.
The new framework aims to also encourage personal growth while equipping students with relevant soft skills.
As part of this new framework, Taylor’s University has developed two new general education subjects that will focus on preparing the students for their venture into the workforce.
The first module, Life Skills for Success and Well-Being, will focus on helping students discover their personality traits, strengths, weakness and personal values. The second module, Millennials in Malaysia: Team Dynamics and Relationship Management, will guide students in building and sustaining teams in a Malaysian setting.
Spreading their wings
Another one of the attractive highlights of the Taylor’s Curriculum Framework is that students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by spending a semester abroad.
As of March 2018, Taylor’s University has 172 partners in 32 countries across the globe that will be more than happy to accept students from Taylor’s.
“Electives and core modules can be taken abroad during the short and long semester. Other than flight and living costs, students will only need to pay Taylor’s University fees for a semester abroad,” Prof Pradeep said.
Exposing students to different cultures will help them adapt to future career requirements should they work abroad.
Additionally, students will also be able to pursue classes that aren’t offered locally at Taylor’s University.
“For example, students may wish to learn about subjects such as cryptocurrency that Taylor’s doesn’t offer.
“The module may be offered at one of our partner universities which will allow our students to spend a semester abroad.
“They can then transfer their credits back here so it’s recognised,” he said.
The minimum length of a degree is set at three years, but may take slightly longer for certain combinations. While the university offers guidance in helping students stay on track, some may wish to extend their course.
“Some students may not want to graduate in three years.
“They may want to take some time to go abroad or learn something new,” Prof Pradeep said.
Currently, there is a misconception that students who don’t graduate within a certain time frame are not the cream of the crop.
“We believe that we must make education independent of time,” he said.
Students who take longer to graduate may actually be investing in their future as they are building up their repertoire that will ultimately help them progress in their future careers.
For more information about enrolment, visit university.taylors.edu.my.
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