Taylor’s College Uplifts Malaysian Higher Education Standards With Top Results in 2014 i-graduate Student Barometer Benchmarking

Taylor’s College leads colleges & universities in Malaysia.

Subang Jaya, 17 March 2015 – Taylor’s College once again contributed to excellence in tertiary-level education in Malaysia when it led the field in the 2014 i-graduate Student Barometer benchmarking by the UK-based International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate). Taylor’s College was ranked No. 1 among participating Malaysian colleges & universities and also emerged among the top in Asia.

The Student Barometer benchmarking evaluated universities and colleges in various categories, including – learning, which focuses on the content and quality of the course or programme of study; living, which evaluates the quality of living and accommodation standards for students; and student support, which looks at the support provided by the staff to students, in extracurricular facilities, university placement and other facilities.

211 colleges and universities in the world participated in the Student Barometer survey, including 10 higher learning institutions in Malaysia and 22 from Asia. The benchmarking study evaluated feedback from both local and international students. More than 1,800 Taylor’s College students participated in the 2014 i-graduate student barometer survey which was conducted from October to December 2014.

In Overall Learning Experience, Taylor’s College achieved a percentage of 89.4%, making them No. 1 in both Malaysia and Asia, while for Overall Living Experience, they scored 88.1% – ranking No. 1 in Malaysia and No. 3 in Asia. In the area of Student Support, Taylor’s College received an average of 89% based on all criteria evaluated in the area, which placed it at No 1 among institutions in both Malaysia and Asia.

“As both a pioneer in the area of pre-university studies in Malaysia as well as the current leader in the field, Taylor’s College takes our responsibility in giving our students the best head start to their future very seriously. The importance of providing the right start in quality learning, strong student support and placing students in the university of their choice cannot be overlooked. Our commitment in academic excellence and personal development support will take students a long way, beyond a good career. Indeed, our alumni have long been recognised as productive members of society who make a difference in many areas. We are proud that the internationally-recognised i-graduate Student Barometer study affirms the results of our hard work, and we are definitely using this recognition as motivation to further improve ourselves,” said Lim Tou Boon, President of Taylor’s College.

“We are also pleased to contribute towards elevating the benchmark standards of higher education in Malaysia. This is in line with the National Higher Education Strategic Plan’s vision to transform higher education and establish Malaysia as an international hub of excellence for higher education. Being recognised as among the best in Asia can help attract more international students. Indeed, our Student Barometer grade takes into account the needs of both local and international students, and shows that Malaysian colleges are well-regarded by students from overseas,” Lim added.

Guy Perring, i-graduate’s Regional Director for Asia shared, “By using a benchmarking system like the Student Barometer, Taylor’s College will be able to maintain and enhance its leading position. With a standardised and detailed benchmarking system, we can see how each institution compares against the world’s best, and they can use this as a way to learn from the best to elevate their own standards. The fact that the Student Barometer benchmark uses student opinions as the basis of evaluation is a good way to let them know that their opinions matter and is taken seriously. Good institutions around the world listen to their students and use their feedback for effective improvement.”

i-graduate is an independent benchmarking and research service, delivering comparative insights for the education sector worldwide. Established in 2005, it is currently the leader in benchmarking performance in the world. Its Student Barometer is implemented by 1,400 institutions across 28 countries in 5 continents. The Student Barometer is the largest annual study of students in the world, with feedback from over 2.3 million respondents. The study tracks and compares the decision-making, expectations, perceptions and intentions of students from application to graduation.