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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Taylor’s University College Open Day

Posted by Chong

If you visited Malaysia Students blog frequently in the last two weeks, you would have seen ad banners promoting Taylor’s University College open day (December 5 – 7, 2008). So last Saturday, I paid a visit to Taylor’s University College, Subang Jaya campus to find out more about this reputable private education institution in Malaysia.
Taylor's University College, Subang Jaya

I took a taxi from KTM Subang Jaya station to Taylor’s since it is located near to the station, which is an advantage for students who don’t plan to bring own vehicle when studying at Taylor’s. In fact, when going back, I walked from Taylor’s to the KTM station and it took me just 10 minutes.
Students waiting outside Lecture Theater before the next talk commenced

It was a very happening open days with a lots of talks by professionals and activities running concurrently. The first talk that I attended was Pre-U Studies: “Your Foundation to Success”. In the talk, representative from Taylor’s explained the four pre-u programmes that are being offered at Taylor’s – Cambridge A Level, South Australian Matriculation (SAM), International Canadian Pre-U (ICPU) and Foundation in Science – in great details. The talk ended with experience sharing by ex-Taylor’s students who are now very successful in their degree programmes.
The Pre-U talk
Education counselors and students

After that, I went for Hospitality & Tourism: “Career Prospects & Management Development in the Tourism Industry” by Mr Rohizat Baharum, Director of Human Resource, Convex Malaysia Sdn Bhd, KL Convention Centre.
Students paying attention to the talk
Mr Rohizat giving talk

It was an insightful talk where Mr Rohizat talked about the prospects of tourism industry in Malaysia. Also, he shared with us the selection criteria, interview selection process, performance management, training and development of KLCC.
Hitz.fm crew's visit made this open day a happening one
Creative Chillout

Between the talks, I went to the Creative Chillout where artistic art work is exhibited and creative culinary skills are demonstrated. I find the talk on Exploring Science of Cooking by Pierre - Louis Genier, lecturer of Taylor’s, very fun and creative and was amazed to learn a bit of molecular gastronomy – which is science in food preparation – the new wave in cuisine.
Art work exhibition
Creative chefs at workThe swan was made from sugar. The biscuits taste great!

The following talk that I attended was the highlight of the day, Communication: “Not Just A Pretty Face – Challenges of An Actor and TV Host” by Allan Wu, the host of The Amazing Race Asia Season 3. He shared with us his experience in hosting the reality TV show and a bit on his personal life. As a father of two, he also talked on how he manages his time between work and family. It was really an entertaining and educational talk which Allan Wu shared his life experience.
Allan Wu, the Host of The Amazing Race Asia

My favourite session is the last talk, Computing: “Unveiling the Secret of Success in ICT Career at MNCs” by Mr Pang Yee Beng, Managing Director of Dell Asia Pacific. He shared with us the 8 leadership competencies – engage (customer first, personal effectiveness, engage other), execute (inclusive, decide, simplify) and excel (drive strategy, innovate) – and his valuable experience in climbing up the career ladder from a fresh graduate with University Sains Malaysia (USM) Computer Science degree to current position.
Mr Pang from Dell Asia Pacific

Overall I think Taylor’s Open Day was very educational and informative. I enjoyed every talks and learnt a lot of effective tips for personal development from renowned speakers from the industry like Mr Pang.

For those who missed the open day, you are invited to go to Taylor's Campus Day on this Saturday and Sunday (December 13 & 14, 10am - 5pm). Visit Taylor's University College website for more information.

Taylor's Campus Day
Date: 13 & 14 Dec 2008
Time: 10am - 5pm
Taylor's University College, Subang Jaya
Taylor's College, Sri Hartamas
Taylor's College, Petaling Jaya - only on 14 Dec 2008
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