Tunku Abdul Rahman University College

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Tunku Abdul Rahman University College
Kolej Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman  (Malay)
拉曼大学学院 (Chinese)
Former names
Tunku Abdul Rahman College (1969–2013)
Motto Quality and Affordable Education
Type Private
Established 1969
Chairman YB Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai[1]
President Datuk Tan Chik Heok[2]
Students About 27,000[3]
Campus Kuala Lumpur Main Campus
Penang Branch Campus
Perak Branch Campus
Johor Branch Campus
Pahang Branch Campus
Sabah Faculty Branch
Affiliations MAPCU
Website www.tarc.edu.my

Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, abbreviated TAR UC, is a non-profit, private university college in Malaysia. Named after the country's first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, the school was founded in 1969 as Tunku Abdul Rahman College (or TAR College) by the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA). In 2013, it became a university college. TAR UC is renown for its accounting programme,[4] and is the only ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner institution in the world to be accorded the special privilege to run the Internally Assessed Programme for the 9 Fundamentals papers.[5]

Its main campus covers 186 acres (75 ha) at Jalan Genting Kelang in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. The college also has five branches across Malaysia, in the states of Penang, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Sabah. The first branch campus, in Penang, began at a temporary location in 1994 before moving to Tanjung Bungah five years later. The second and third branch campuses were founded in Kampar, Perak and Johor in 1998, and the Pahang faculty branch was established in 1999. The Sabah faculty branch was founded in 2002 in Sabah, East Malaysia. The college has a student population of over 27,000, including students from Indonesia, Taiwan, Maldives, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, South Korea, Singapore, the United States and Papua New Guinea, and over 180,000 alumni.[6]


In the early years of Malaysian independence, there was a lack of opportunity to pursue higher education. An institution of higher learning was suggested by Malaysian Chinese Association president Tan Siew Sin. Tan initially suggested the Chinese-language Merdeka University, which was rejected by the government. As a compromise, an English-medium college was proposed. In April 1968, Tan appointed a working team (chaired by Khaw Kai Boh) to make recommendations for an institution of higher learning.[7]

Its blueprint was submitted to the government, and received the support of Minister of Education Mohamed Khir Johari. The working team estimated that it would require RM 20 million to set up the college, and the government agreed to provide the financial assistance on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman consented to the college being named for him.

TAR College began operations on 24 February 1969 with its School of Pre-University Studies and an initial enrollment of 764 students. A 15 September 1972 Instrument of Government provided the legal framework for the administration of the college. Minister of Education Tun Hussein Onn presented the instrument to Tan Siew Sin, the first college president. To raise funds for a campus in Kuala Lumpur, the MCA launched a national fundraising campaign in 1972 led by MCA publicity director Lee San Choon.

In February 1973, the government approved the allocation of land for the main Kuala Lumpur campus in Setapak. The ground-breaking ceremony was officiated by Rahman in August 1973. Phase one, including an administrative building, a library, two laboratory blocks, one large and eight small lecture theatres and a canteen, was completed in 1976.

Fundraising activities in the 1990s, such as the nationwide TAR College Fund-Raising Campaign, Taxithon, Walkathon, TAR College Torch Run and Motorthon, were led by TAR College Council chairman Ling Liong Sik. Expansion continued under the leadership of TAR College Council chairmen Ong Ka Ting and Chua Soi Lek. Since its 2013 upgrade to a university college, TAR UC is growing under the leadership of Liow Tiong Lai.[8][not in citation given] The latest infrastructure development, the new phase of the Penang branch campus which began on 7 December 2015, includes a three-storey library building, two four-storey faculty blocks and a twin lecture-theatre hall.[citation needed]


Accountancy, Finance and Business[edit]

FAFB (formerly known as the School of Business Studies) was established in 1971. With its 2013 upgrade to a university college, the faculty reinforced its commitment to business education (particularly accountancy).

Degree programme with Coventry University[9]
TAR UC Bachelor programme Coventry University degree
Bachelor of Economics (Hons) BA (Hons) International Economics & Trade or BA (Hons) Financial Economics (degree depends on student selection of elective courses in year 3, semester 1 or 2)
Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) BA (Hons) Business Administration
Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Human Resource Management BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Banking and Finance(Hons) BSc (Hons) Finance
Bachelor of Finance and Investment (Hons)
Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management BA (Hons) International Business Management
Bachelor of Business (Hons) in International Business BA (Hons) International Business Management
Bachelor of Business (Hons) Accounting and Finance (Penang) BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
Degree programme with Sheffield Hallam University[10]
TAR UC Bachelor Programme Sheffield Hallam University degree
Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) BSc (Hons) Professional Accounting
Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) BSc (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management
Bachelor of Corporate Administration (Hons) BSc (Hons) Corporate Administration and Management
Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Marketing BSc (Hons) Marketing Management
Bachelor of Retail Management (Hons) BSc (Hons) Retail Management

FAFB is the largest faculty in student numbers (nearly 12,000).

Faculty of Engineering (FOEN)[edit]

The Faculty of Engineering, originally the School of Technology (SOT), was founded in 1972 to provide programmes which would prepare students to sit for internationally recognised professional examinations or seek exemption from examinations by professional bodies.

Programmes are offered at the diploma and bachelor's-degree levels in:

  • Architecture
  • Building
  • Quantity surveying
  • Property management
  • Electronic engineering
  • Materials and manufacturing engineering
  • Mechanical and manufacturing engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Construction management and economics
  • Estate management
  • Electrical and electronics engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Material engineering
  • Electronic (communications) engineering

Faculty of Applied Sciences and Computing (FASC)[edit]

The School of Arts and Science (SAS) was founded in 1972. In July 2013, the faculty changed its name to the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Computing (FASC).[11]

The faculty’s diploma and advanced-diploma programmes and syllabi are designed to prepare students for the TARC advanced diploma in conjunction with a bachelor of science (BS) degree from Campbell University.[12] Campbell University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award associate, bachelor's, master's, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. The accreditation is extended to all Campbell University sites, including TARC.

The FASC has links with industry partners, scientific and academic institutions and non-governmental organisations. It is a Cisco Network Academy, a Microsoft IT Academy, a Novell Academic Training Partner, and a member of Microsoft Imagine, the IBM Academic Initiative, Google Web Academy and the SAP University Alliance.[13] and member of Altera University programme.[14]

Programmes offered are:[15]

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Bioscience with chemistry
  • Chemistry and biology
  • Food science
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Software engineering
  • Information systems engineering
  • Enterprise information systems
  • Business information systems
  • Information security
  • Internet technology
  • Computer science and statistics
  • Management mathematics with computing
  • Computer science and management mathematics
  • Computer science and computer mathematics
  • Applied physics with scientific instrumentation
  • Microelectronics and physics
  • Microelectronics with computer communication
  • Microelectronics with embedded technology
  • Microelectronics with automatic control
  • Interactive software technology

Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities (FSAH)[edit]

The School of Social Science and Humanities (SSSH) was founded in 1999. In July 2013, the faculty changed its name to the Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities (FSAH). It offers programmes in mass communication, creative arts, social science and hospitality management.[16]

Programmes are:[17]

  • Advertising
  • Broadcast communication
  • Journalism
  • Media studies
  • Public relations
  • Counselling/psychology
  • Graphic design
  • Fashion design
  • Multimedia design
  • Hotel management
  • Tourism
  • Food service
  • Event management

Centre for Pre-University Studies (CPUS)[edit]

The Centre for Pre-University Studies (CPUS, formerly known as the School of Pre-University Studies) was established in 1969 and offers four Malaysian Qualifications Agency-accredited programmes:

  • Cambridge GCE A-Level Science
  • Cambridge GCE A-Level Arts
  • Foundation in Science
  • Foundation in Arts

CPUS is a Cambridge International A-Level science centre.

Centre for Postgraduate Studies and Research (CPSR)[edit]

The CPSR was founded in October 2013 to provide infrastructure and support to TAR UC to conduct postgraduate-level programmes and assist academic staff to pursue scholarly research. The centre is tasked with the admission of the college’s postgraduate students (those studying for master’s, PhD and other graduate qualifications).

The centre manages the college's research grants. In 2014, the college secured three Fundamental Research Grant Scheme grants from the Ministry of Education (totaling RM376,400) for 2014-2016.

Centre for Nation Building and Languages (CNBL)[edit]

The CNBL was established when the college was upgraded to a university college in May 2013. It offers a range of English- and foreign-language courses and general studies courses (known as Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum) to TAR UC students.

Although the CNBL was established on 1 October 2013 with its present name, it was known in 1996 as the Extra-Mural Studies Department and housed the Division of Languages and the Division of Nation Building and Unity Studies. In 2009, both divisions were merged with the Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities (formerly known as the School of Social Science and Humanities). When TAR became a university college in 2013, the divisions were split from the main faculty of studies to form the CNBL. They have been renamed as the Division of English and Foreign Languages and the Division of Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum.

Main-campus facilities[edit]


The main campus has a sports complex.[18] Netted tennis courts are available on the roof, and the interior is used for badminton or basketball. There are an Olympic-size swimming pool, a beginner's pool, a gymnasium and squash courts. Outdoor fields are available for football, basketball, futsal and volleyball.


Large white dormitory
One of the ten residential blocks at TARC

The TARC library is a three-storey building with an Infoweb system to help students locate books easily. Internet access is available, and there are rooms for study and discussion.[19]


Many computers and students
Communication and Information Technology Centre

A path next to the sports complex leads to TARC hostel, whose ten blocks of five-storey buildings can accommodate 2,000 students (two to a room). Seven blocks are for female students.[20]


The college offers regional bus service.[21]

Computing facilities[edit]

In addition to Internet computers in the library, more are at the Communication and Information Technology Centre.[22] Wi-Fi hotspots are across the college, including the library and canteens.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "TAR UC's The Board of Governors". TARUC. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "TAR UC President's Message". TARC. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "About Us". TARUC. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Tunku Abdul Rahman University College - FAFB Professional Accreditations". TARUC. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Tunku Abdul Rahman University College - FAFB Professional Accreditations". TARUC. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "TAR University College". www.tarc.edu.my. Retrieved 2017-08-19. 
  7. ^ Leo Suryadinata, ed. (30 December 2012). Southeast Asian Personalities of Chinese Descent: A Biographical Dictionary. ISEAS Publishing. p. 403. ISBN 978-9814345217. 
  8. ^ "TAR University College". Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "Programmes". Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Sheffield Hallam University". Retrieved 15 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "Faculty of Applied Sciences and Computing (FASC)". TARC. Archived from the original on 16 July 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "FASC Programmes General Progression Route". TARC. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Seven more IHLs join SAP's Malaysian university alliance". Computerworld Malaysia. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "TARC Industrial Collaborations". TARC. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "FASC Programmes". TARC. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities (FSSAH)". TARC. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "FSSAH Programmes". TARC. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "TARC Sport Facilities". TARC. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "TARC Library". TARC. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "TARC Accommodation". TARC. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  21. ^ "TARC College Bus Transportation". TARC. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "TARC IT Facilities". TARC. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 

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Coordinates: 3°12′54″N 101°43′42″E / 3.215118°N 101.728345°E / 3.215118; 101.728345