Taylor's University

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Taylor's University
Former name
Taylor's College (1969), Taylor's University College (2006)
MottoWisdom, Integrity, Excellence
Established1969 (1969)
AffiliationTaylor's Education Group
Vice-ChancellorMichael Driscoll
Location, ,
3°03′53″N 101°36′58″E / 3.06472°N 101.61611°E / 3.06472; 101.61611Coordinates: 3°03′53″N 101°36′58″E / 3.06472°N 101.61611°E / 3.06472; 101.61611
CampusLakeside Campus
Colours         Black and Red

Taylor's University (commonly referred to as Taylor's) is a private university in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. It is often regarded as Malaysia's top private university in Malaysia based on the Quacquarelli Symonds Rankings,[1][2].

It was founded in 1969 as a college, was awarded university college status in 2006, and university status in 2010.

Taylor's University is a member of the Taylor's Education Group.


The first campus was located at a building in Jalan Pantai, Kuala Lumpur offering the Victorian Higher School Certificate (VHSC) programme for a student population of 345. In 1985, Taylor's moved to its second campus in PJ New Town. Four years later, the Subang Jaya Campus was launched and two new pre-university programmes were introduced: the Canadian Pre-University Programme (CPU) and South Australian Matriculation (SAM).

By 1990, more programmes were introduced, including the American Degree Programme; Architecture, Quantity Surveying and Construction; Business, Accounting, Marketing and Finance; Cambridge A Level; Computer Science, Software Engineering and IT; Engineering; Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts; and the Taylor's Business Foundation.

In 2001, the fourth campus in Wisma Subang housing the Taylor's Business School was launched. The following year, Taylor's College Petaling Jaya (TCPJ) became the fifth campus at Leisure Commerce Square, and Taylor's School of Hospitality and Tourism was relocated from Kuala Lumpur to this new campus. TCPJ also housed the School of Communication, School of Architecture, Building and Design, and Taylor's School of Computing. In 2004, the sixth campus was launched in Subang Square housing the American Degree Programme.

More expansion came with the launch of the seventh campus in Sri Hartamas (TCSH) in 2008. This campus was able to accommodate 800 students and ran the Cambridge A Level programme, South Australian Matriculation programme and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Work commenced on the RM450 million Taylor's University Lakeside Campus in Subang Jaya in early 2007 and was completed in 2010.

In January 2018, Taylor’s College was moved to the Lakeside Campus.[3]

Lakeside Campus[edit]

Taylor's University established its Lakeside Campus in 2010 to accommodate the ever-expanding number of students. On the grounds of the campus itself lies Syopz, a commercial block with restaurants and shops. U Residence, the official accommodation for students, is also located there.[4]

In 2011, Taylor’s received the Special Honour Award from the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia in Category 3: Professional Awards in Landscape Design and Planning.[5] The Lakeside Campus was awarded in all three building categories of Interior Design, Architecture and Landscape.


Academic facilities[edit]

  • Graduate School
  • Anatomy Laboratory
  • The Gallery & Critique Room
  • Design Studios
  • Drawing Room/Printmaking Room
  • Photo Studio
  • Audio Recording Studio & Audio Editing Laboratory
  • Engineering Laboratory
  • Restaurants
  • Wine Lab
  • Computer Labs
  • Moot Court

Service facilities[edit]

  • Career Services Centre
  • Computer Labs
  • Counselling and Psychological Services Centre (CPSC)
  • Experimental Theatre
  • Lecture Theatres
  • Taylor's Library
  • Sick Bay
  • Sports and Recreation Centre
  • Student Life Centre
  • The Grand Hall
  • U-Residence
  • UniGym


Taylor's Lakeside Campus has two hostels for on-campus student accommodation.[6]

  • U-Residence is a 6 storey building that houses 890 beds across 128 apartment units and 114 en-suite units.
  • Formerly a hotel, Ruemz houses 120 beds in 80 single and twin-sharing rooms across 7 floors.

The hostel offers other services such as 24-hour multi-level security, resident housemaster, housekeeping services, recreational areas, common kitchen, laundromat and maintenance support.[7]

Additional accommodation are available off-campus, located within the vicinity of the campus and the Subang Jaya area.

Faculties and academic profile[edit]

Taylor’s University offers undergraduate degrees, post-graduate degrees, and professional programmes. There are 16 Schools and four faculties, each led by an Executive Dean.

As of 2019, field majors offered in both the undergraduate and postgraduate frameworks of Taylor's University are:[8]

  • Faculty of Innovation & Technology
    • Architecture, Building & Design
    • Engineering
    • Computing & IT
    • Design
  • Faculty of Business and Law
    • Business
    • Law
  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
    • Biosciences
    • Medicine
    • Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Social Sciences and Leisure Management
    • Hospitality, Tourism & Events
    • Culinary Arts & Food Studies
    • Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
    • Education
    • Communication
    • Psychology

Research and enterprise[edit]

The Taylor's University Research and Enterprise department is segregated into three components: Centre for Higher Degrees by Research (CHDR) – managing postgraduate research programmes with the Schools; Centre for Research Management (CRM) – focuses on providing information and services for grant applications, management and tracking of grants, assess research progress and overall coordination of the university’s strategic research objectives; and the Centre for Knowledge Transfer & Commercialisation (KTC) – leveraging on intellectual capital to commercialise products from research findings.[9]

Currently, Taylor's University has engaged in five research clusters:

  • Food and tourism research via the Centre for Research and Innovation in Tourism (CRiT) that aims to produce innovations in tourism, and provide training services that contribute to the enhancement of the industry and Malaysia;[10]
  • Bioactive compounds as potential therapeutic agents in four areas of non-communicable diseases, food & nutrition, infectious disease and environmental science under the School of Biosciences;[11]
  • A joint-research group focused on sustainable cities that includes the study of smart city concepts, environmental impact, health, transportation, citizen well-being, waste reduction and energy consumption[12]
  • Big Data analytics, jointly led by the Taylor's Business School and School of Computing and IT, studying market trends in business concepts as well as data processing and data modelling research through participation in social media and business analytics. The research is led by the Centre for Data Science and Analytics.[13]
  • Engineering research through the Centre of Engineering Research and Development (CERD) in the areas of engineering education, health, computer intelligence-applied, and energy.

Teaching and learning philosophy[edit]

Consisting of Taylor's University (tertiary programmes) and Taylor's College (foundation and pre-university courses), Taylor's has educated more than 65,000 students.

Taylor's pioneered the Taylor's Graduate Capabilities (TGC) initiative in 2018. This approach emphasises a student-centred curriculum, aiming to produce graduates who not only possess academic and theoretical knowledge but supplementary qualities such as leadership, creativity, and teamwork.[14]


Quacquarelli Symonds rankings[edit]

Since 2016, Taylor's University has been ranked within the Quacquarelli Symonds Rankings,[15] starting with the QS Asia University Rankings. Taylor's University holds the following positions within the QS Rankings:

  • Ranked #379 in the QS World University Rankings 2021[16]
  • Ranked #109 in the QS Asia University Rankings 2020[17]
  • Ranked #81–90 in the QS Top 50 under 50 Universities Rankings 2020[18]
  • Ranked #201–250 in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020[19]
  • Ranked #16 in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2020 for Hospitality and Leisure[20]
  • Ranked #201-250 in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2020 for Business and Management Studies[20]
  • Ranked #400 in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2020 for Social Sciences & Management[20]

Taylor's University was also awarded the 5-star overall rating in the QS Stars University Ratings[21], and is one of few Malaysian universities to be awarded the QS Star for Online Learning[22].

Other recognition[edit]

  • In 2018, Taylor’s was awarded the TedQual certification from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) for its Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management academic programmes and researches. Taylor’s is the only university in Malaysia to receive the recognition.[23]
  • In 2017, Taylor's University was awarded Tier 5: Excellent in the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education 2017 (SETARA) from the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE).[24]
  • In 2015, Taylor’s University was the first university outside of the United States to be accepted into the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, championed by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).[25]
  • Putra Brands Awards: Gold Award winner for nine consecutive years and Platinum award winner in the ‘Education & Learning’ category. Awarded the "Hall of Fame" award for winning in its respective categories for 10 consecutive years.[26]
  • Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand award: Gold Award in the ‘Private University/College’ category for nine consecutive years[27]
  • Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers: Taylor’s Career Services Centre named ‘Best Career Development Centre (Private University) for four consecutive years[28]

Notable Scholars[edit]


  • YB Tuan Fahmi Fadzil – Member of Parliament, PKR
  • Nadia Ahamed Abdala - Chief Administrative Secretary ICT Kenya Government


  • John-son Oei – Founder & CEO, Epic Collaborative
  • Ng Khai Lee – Co-founder, Groupon & SAYS.com. Managing Partner, 500 Startups
  • John Lim Soon Lek – Co-founder & COO, George Healthcare Berhad
  • Joel Neoh – Head of Groupon Asia Pacific, Groupon APAC
  • Vishen Lakiani – Founder & CEO of Mindvalley
  • Alex Lam – Founder & Group Managing Director of Integricity Group
  • Khalila Mbowe – Founder and chief executive officer of Unleashed Africa Company Limited


  • Syakilla Salni Jefry Krisnan – Gold medallist, 2014 Asian Games

Media and Entertainment[edit]


Honorary Award Recipients[edit]


  • Honorary Doctorate of Humanities: Yang Berbahagia Dato' Ambiga
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humanities: Yang Berbahagia Datin Paduka A Mangalam A/P S Iyaswamy Iyer
  • Honorary Doctorate in Business: Yang Mulia Tunku Dato’ Seri Iskandar bin Tunku Abdullah
  • Honorary Doctorate in Arts: Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Faridah Merican
  • Honorary Doctorate in Humanities: Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Seri Dr. Ronald Stephen McCoy


  • Honorary Doctorate in Science: Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Ar. Dr. Ken Yeang King Mun
  • Honorary Doctorate in Humanities: Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Mahadev Shankar


  • Honorary Doctorate in Education: Professor Dr. Steven George West, Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive, University of the West of England (UWE)
  • Honorary Doctorate in Management: Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Sri Idris Jala, Chief Executive Officer, PEMANDU


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