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Nov 2012

USFP - November 2012 newsletter

2012 University of Sydney World Rankings

University rankings provide a comparison of key indicators relative to other universities in Australia, the local region and around the world. Here are University of Sydney’s ranking in QS World University Rankings, The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), The Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJT), and SCImago Institution Rankings for Scientific Research in 2012.

Below are the latest University of Sydney 2012 rankings:

Excellent Results! – July/Oct 2011 University of Sydney Foundation Program Graduating Students

Taylors College Sydney has always prided itself on producing top students for the University of Sydney. 2011 was no exception.

  • 88.5% of the July/Oct 2011 graduating students received offers to the University of Sydney. The remaining 11.5% are eligible for places at other universities and diploma pathways.
  • The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences including the B Economics degree within the faculty continues to increase in popularity with 32.5% of the students being made offers. The Business School attracted 32.9% of the students.
  • 11 students were offered a place in the Combined Law Programs and 11 students were offered a place in Medical Science as a pathway to the Graduate Medical Program at the University of Sydney.

The most outstanding performance for the July/October 2011 graduating students was the DUX, MAK Anita from Hong Kong. Anita was offered a place in her first preference course, B Medical Science, as a pathway to the graduate MBBS (B Medicine/B Surgery) program.

The top two students were from Hong Kong, followed by Korea, China and Vietnam.


Canberra Study Tour - Taylors Sydney

In Spring this year, a group of Taylors students and staff went on an intensive Study Tour to Canberra, Australia's capital city. One highlight of the trip was a day at Parliament House hosted by Tony Burke, Minister for the Environment, where the students studied Parliament in action and witnessed Question Time in the House of Representatives. The students also explored the Great Hall of Parliament House and investigated the Democracy in Action display.

Students investigated the War Memorial and the artefacts preserved from Australia’s overseas conflicts as well as experiencing the stories of individual soldiers. At Questacon they experimented with a range of scientific devices such as the anti-gravity machine and investigated various devices used by scientists to explain the laws of physics. The tour participants experimented with microscopes at the CSIRO and discovered how scientists contribute to our daily lives through new developments and enquired into how the environment is changing around us. At the High Court of Australia they also discovered how Constitutional challenges are decided and how the High Court also operates as a Court of Appeal. They were delighted that the Court Officer who guided us through the Court was herself an ex-Taylors student!


2013 USFP Brochure

The 2013 USFP brochure is now available.

Please visit our website to download a soft copy or log in to Partners website to request for hardcopies.

Sydney Student Accommodation

A range of accommodation options is available for students at Taylors Sydney: Homestay, student residence, rental houses or apartments. Our college Accommodation Coordinators can provide you with assistance in finding a place to live if you need it.

For students residences and their pricing please visit:

Architecture graduate's Masterplan for the London Olympic Village

James O’Niell, a Master of Architecture graduate from University of Sydney is working on a masterplan to convert the London’s Olympic Village in Stratford, east London, to permanent homes for 6000 residents. Click here for full story.


Alumni Profile

Anita Mak from Hong Kong completed her USFP in June 2012. She is now studying the Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Sydney. Anita achieved a GPA of 9.9 in her USFP and was awarded AU$5000 Merit Scholarship for her outstanding results.

“The USFP is a good program for students wanting to get into the University of Sydney. It helps students prepare for their Bachelors studies at the University. Taylors has a great environment for studying and the teachers are very helpful and friendly. I want to get into the MBBS program after completing my Bachelor of Medical Science.


Current Student Profile

Chen Jiefang (Ash) is currently enrolled in the 20 weeks Taylors English Language Preparation program. He is from China (Kunshan). After completing his TELP, Ash will be commencing his USFP in January 2013.

“After completing my USFP I want to get into the B. Arts (Media and Communications) course at the University of Sydney). I love Taylors College because the teaching style is so different to the Chinese teaching style. The teachers are more relaxed and very friendly. I also love the lifestyle in Sydney. The climate here is great and the people are very respectful of other cultures and nationalities”


Staff Profile

As Career Counsellor, Paula spends a lot of time talking to students making sure they also find jobs and careers they enjoy.

“My role is to provide the students with information, advice and counselling, helping them make the most suitable choices for their future education and life’s work, and to ensure a smooth transition to university.”

Paula started out in research before moving into teaching. But it was the ‘gift of gab’ that eventually led her into her current job.

“Teaching provided the opportunity to discuss topics that I enjoyed. Talking to students because something that I loved and came easily which propelled me into the ‘Tertiary Counselling’ position. I am passionate about education and the opportunities it provides young people. Education is within reach by everybody especially if they are motivated, can see the possibilities and are focused on their goals.”

When she’s not counselling students, Paula leads a fairly active lifestyle. She loves gardening and is currently learning Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging). Rather than a relaxing holiday on the beach, Paula often opts for the physical demands of an adventure holiday – cycling down the Danube, hiking in Japan or walking in France.

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