The School of Education recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Prof. Dr. Pradeep Nair, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, Taylor's University; Mr. B.K. Gan, President, Taylor's Schools Division; Prof. Dr. Neethiahnanthan Ari Ragavan, Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management; and, Dr. Logendra Stanley Ponniah, Head of School, School of Education, officiated the event. The school was founded in 2011 as a platform for future teachers to be placed at Taylor's School. Since its establishment 10 years ago, the School of Education has continuously offered diversified programmes to meet the needs of its local and international students looking to pursue a career in teaching.
Currently, the Bachelor of Education program has five different Specializations. Additionally, at the post-graduate level, the intake for the Masters in Teaching and Learning and the Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning has increased by three folds and the total number of the current Ph.D. students has exceeded more than 100 students. Furthermore, Taylor’s School of Education has well surpassed the enrollment target for both domestic and international market. Over the last decade, the school has seen an increase in student enrolment at all levels, from bachelor's to Ph.D. To date, the school has produced 350 alumni who are now working as educators in private international schools and universities both locally and internationally. Many of them have been leaders in their respective institutions as technology integrators, facilitating and connecting with the global community and engaging in numerous teaching and learning and community outreach activities.
According to the Ministry of Higher Education's 2020 Tracer Survey, 99 percent of Taylor's School of Education graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. The School of Education is proud to have contributed to raising awareness and collaborating with various stakeholders and the community to create a pool of high-quality graduates who can make an impact on the education fraternity.
In addition to celebrating our 10th anniversary, the School of Education also took the opportunity to recognize our alumni and alumnus for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the education industry. Three awards namely Outstanding Award, Social Entrepreneur and Edu-Innovator were presented to our well-deserving alumnus. The winner of the Outstanding Awards is Ms. Emma Louise Short who is a Teacher at Garden International School. She currently volunteers at the Hriphi Learning Centre for refugee children and applies Holistic Kinesiology to promote health and well-being.
The next recipient who received the Social Entrepreneur award is Ms. Valerie Tan who is a Teacher at Taylor’s International Puchong. She has set up The KONE, with the support of the SUKA Society in Malaysia, to create greater access to education for Orang Asli children by empowering them with the necessary support and resources needed by the community.
Our final winner, Mr. Serit Banyan, is a Lecturer at the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Taylor’s University has received an award for the Edu-Innovator category. He had innovated and led several online teaching and learning initiatives at the university level.
In the coming decade, the School of Education looks forward to continuing its efforts in supporting the education industry and creating a positive impact in the community to prepare the next generation of leaders and future-ready teachers to steer progress in education excellence.