Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman

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Not to be confused with Tunku Abdul Rahman University College.
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
Tunku Abdul Rahman University
Lāmàn Dàxué
துங்கு அப்துல் ரகுமான் பல்கலைக்கழகம்
اونيۏرسيتي تونكو عبدالرحمن
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Logo.jpg
Established 2002
Type Private
Chairman Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik[1]
President Ir. Professor Academician Dato’ Dr. Chuah Hean Teik[2]
Students 23,000
Location Kuala Lumpur
Petaling Jaya
Sungai Long, Selangor
Kampar, Perak
, Malaysia
Campus KL & PJ – Urban
Sungai Long – Suburban
Kampar – Rural
Colours Blue, yellow and red
Affiliations ACU[3]
Website www.utar.edu.my

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Tunku Abdul Rahman University) is a private university in Malaysia. The university is also known by the acronym UTAR, which is part of the university's emblem.[4] It was established under a foundation called UTAR Education Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation.[5] This university operates four campuses or campuses in four locations, namely, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur and Bandar Sungai Long, which are located within a valley called the Klang Valley while one is located in the Kampar town of the state of Perak, which once was renowned for its tin-mining activities.[6][7]

The university admitted 411 students in June 2002 for its first intake. It is evident that the university's student population has grown rapidly over the years. According to one of the university's publication, it now has a student enrolment of more than 23,000 students.[8] For a start, the university offered only eight honours degree programmes[9] but the university now offers more than 117 programmes which include foundation, undergraduate as well as postgraduate degree programmes covering numerous disciplines of study and research.[10] Those programmes are accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) & Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and recognised by Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA).[11] Furthermore, UTAR's Accounting degree are recognised by CPA, FPAM, ACCA, CIMA, CTIM, ICSA & MICPA.[12] Other than that, UTAR's Quantity Surveying degree are recognised by BQSM and RICS, meanwhile UTAR's Engineering degree programmes are recognised by BEM and IEM.[12]


The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) received an invitation from the Malaysian Ministry of Education to establish a university in July 2001.[9] The then President of the association, Dato’ Seri (now Tun) Dr. Ling Liong Sik chaired a committee that drew up a framework for the establishment of the university after receiving the invitation.[13] Datuk Dr. Ng Lay Swee, then the Principal of Tunku Abdul Rahman College, a tertiary education institution which was also established by the Malaysian Chinese Association, was appointed to lead another committee to get the necessary papers ready for the approval from local authorities to set up the university.[9] Tun Dr. Ling was later appointed as Council Chairman of the university and Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ng, the first President and CEO.[14]

UTAR opened its doors to welcome its pioneer batch students to its first campus, the old premises owned by the publisher of a local daily called the Star in Section 13 of Petaling Jaya in June 2002.[15]

Through three newly established faculties – Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, and Faculty of Accountancy and Management, the university offered its first eight honours degree programmes[16] An official ceremony was held to launch UTAR on 13 August 2002 at the main hall of Tunku Abdul Rahman College. At the ceremony to launch the university was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia at the time, Dato’ Seri (now Tun) Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, who also officiated the university's groundbreaking event at it campus site in the Kampar town in the state of Perak[16][17] Professor Dato’ Dr. Chuah Hean Teik took over the helm as the new President of UTAR on 1 April 2008 when Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ng Lay Swee retired as the President.[18]

University rankings and awards[edit]

UTAR is ranked among the top 300 universities in Asia by QS University Ranking 2012[19] and 2013[20] and is ranked 64th in the QS Asian University Rankings by 'Employer Reputation' in 2012.[21]

UTAR was rated tier 5 (Excellence) for Malaysia Quality Agency(MQA) SETARA Rating 2011[22] & Malaysia Quality Agency(MQA) D-SETARA Rating 2012 for Engineering.[23] UTAR also was rated tier 4 for Malaysia Quality Agency(MQA) D-SETARA Rating 2012 for Health Sciences.[23]

In 11 May 2013, UTAR Perak campus wins PAM Gold Award in the education category at the PAM Awards 2013 for its inspiring architecture and landscape.[24]


Petaling Jaya campus[edit]

Kuala Lumpur campus[edit]

Sungai Long campus[edit]

Perak campus[edit]


  1. ^ "University Council". UTAR. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "UTAR Management". UTAR. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Association of Commonwealth Universities(ACU) Members". Association of Commonwealth Universities(ACU). Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Emblem". UTAR. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Institution Profile". Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Overview". UTAR. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Jeffery Francis."“Kampar – From Tin Mines to Tertiary Education”." Ipoh Echo. 16–31 August 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Welcome Message from the President". UTAR. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "History". UTAR. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Academic Section". UTAR. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Recognition of UTAR Programmes By MOHE, MQA & JPA". UTAR. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Recognition of UTAR programmes by professional bodies". UTAR. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "History". Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "10th Anniversary Commemorative Book, p. 16." (PDF). UTAR. 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "10th Anniversary Commemorative Book, p. 20." (PDF). UTAR. 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "History". UTAR. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  17. ^ Staff Writer. "“Tribute song sums up gratitude for his contributions”." Star Online. 13 January 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  18. ^ Staff Writer. "“Utar appoints Chuah as new CEO”." Star Online. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  19. ^ "2012 QS University Rankings: Asia's Top 300". Quacquarelli Symonds(QS). Retrieved Sep 2012. 
  20. ^ "2013 QS University Rankings: Asia's Top 300". Quacquarelli Symonds(QS). Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "2012 QS Asian University Rankings: Employer Reputation". Quacquarelli Symonds(QS). Retrieved Sep 2012. 
  22. ^ "Malaysia Quality Agency(MQA) SETARA Rating 2011". Malaysia Quality Agency(MQA). Retrieved Jan 2012. 
  23. ^ a b "Malaysia Quality Agency(MQA) D-SETARA Rating 2012". Malaysia Quality Agency(MQA). Retrieved Jan 2013. 
  24. ^ "UTAR Perak campus wins PAM gold award". UTAR. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  25. ^ "List of Programmes And Indicative Fees For Undergraduate Malaysian Students". UTAR. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 

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