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
Type Private
Established 2002
Chairman Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik[1]
President Ir. Professor Academician Dato’ Dr. Chuah Hean Teik[2]
Students >25,000 (2015) [3]
Location Sungai Long, Selangor, Malaysia
Kampar, Perak
, Malaysia
Campus Sungai Long
Colours Blue, yellow and red
Affiliations ACU[4]
Website www.utar.edu.my
UTAR Sungai Long Campus

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Tunku Abdul Rahman University) is a non-profit private university in Malaysia. The university is also known by the acronym UTAR, which is part of the university's emblem.[5] It was established under a foundation called UTAR Education Foundation, a non-profit organisation.[6] This university operates two campuses, Sungai Long Campus, which is located within the Klang Valley while the other is Kampar Campus located in the state of Perak, which once was renowned for its tin-mining activities.[7][8] In June 2015, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur campuses have moved to Bandar Sungai Long campuses.[9]

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 25,000 students.[10] For a start, the university offered only eight honours degree programmes[11] 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.[12] Those programmes are accredited by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and recognised by Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (JPA).[13] Furthermore, UTAR's Accounting degree are recognised by CPA, FPAM, ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CTIM, ICSA and MICPA.[14] 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.[14]


The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) received an invitation from the Malaysian Ministry of Education to establish a university in July 2001.[11] The then President of the association, Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik chaired a committee that drew up a framework for the establishment of the university after receiving the invitation.[15] Datuk Dr. Ng Lay Swee, then the Principal of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, a tertiary education institution which was also established by the Malaysian Chinese Association, was appointed to lead another committee, including Dr. Lai Fatt Sian, who was then the Head of the School of Business Studies in Tunku Abdul Rahman College, to assume the headship in the Faculty of Accountancy and Management, to get the necessary papers ready for the approval from local authorities to set up the university.[11] The other two faculties are the Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FAS) and the Faculty of Information Communication and Technology (FICT), separately headed by Dr. Yeoh Suan Pow and Dr. Tan Chik Heok, respectively, as their founding Deans.

Tun Dr. Ling was later appointed as Council Chairman of the university and Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ng, the first President and CEO.[16]

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.[17]

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[18] At that time, the Faculty of Accountancy and Management, FAM in short, with Dr. Lai Fatt Sian as its founding Dean, hosted more than 6,000 students and was hailed as the largest business faculty in a private university in Malaysia. However, due to space constraints and the popularity of the courses offered with multi-faceted exemptions, the intake was required to cut-off at a remarkably high intake requirements and many were disappointed having their application rejected. This ultimately resulted in market-driven high calibre graduates strongly demanded by the industry.

An official ceremony was held to launch UTAR on 13 August 2002 at the main hall of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College. At the ceremony to launch the university was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia at the time, 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[18][19] Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Ng Lay Swee retired as the President on 31 March 2009. Following her retirement many pioneering staffs who worked with her from the inception of the University left the establishment as well.[20]

UTAR is member of EMC Academic Alliance.[21]

Academic profile[edit]


There are three intakes every year on January, May and October for foundation, bachelor honours degree and postgraduate programmes.[22]

For the entry requirements, students with only Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) / Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia Vokasional (SPMV) can apply for the one-year UTAR Foundation programmes[23] such as Foundation in Science and Foundation in Arts. Those have completed the Foundation programmes will then be eligible to continue their Year 1 of the UTAR Honours Degree programmes. Other than the UTAR Foundation programmes certificate, students with other qualifications such as Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), A-Levels, South Australian Matriculation (SAM) and Canadian Pre-University (CPU) can also apply for the Bachelor's Honours Degree programmes. Besides, students with a Diploma from a college / institution / polytechnic may also apply for admission to UTAR programmes with chances of getting successful entry with credit transfer.[24]

Nonetheless, all the local and foreign students applying for the entry of UTAR programmes are required to be proficient in the English language as almost all the courses are taught in English language (except some Degree programmes regarding Chinese Studies). Students are usually needed to have a credit / relevant score in either SPM English Language, O-level English Language, UEC English Language, MUET, TOEFL, IELTS, CPE, CAE, SAT or ACT. [24]

Students who wish to apply for admissions can do it online by filling in the forms available on the official website of UTAR[25] They can also visit the UTAR Division of Programme Promotion or Division of Admissions and Credit Evaluation, available at both the Sungai Long Campus and Kampar Campus, for more information of the programmes and requirements for admissions.[26]


UTAR Sungai Long Campus

UTAR Kampar Campus

Teaching and degrees[edit]

The structure of UTAR Foundation and full time degree programmes consists of three semesters per year. The first two semesters, which start in January and May, are considered as long semesters which are around 19 to 20 weeks (usually summed up by 14 weeks of teaching, 3 weeks of exam, 2 to 3 weeks of semester break), The short semester which starts in October is only around 13 weeks (7 weeks of teaching, 3 weeks of exam, 3 weeks of semester break).[22]

The teaching in UTAR is usually carried out through lecture, tutorial and practical classes. Lecture in UTAR is conducted in a large class by qualified lecturer (at least Master degree qualification for bachelor degree programmes). A typical lecture class in UTAR can accommodate up to 200 or 300 students. Tutorials are the smaller classes (usually consists of ≤30 students) where you can ask questions and have discussion with the tutor or other students. Practical classes are commonly arranged for science, engineering, information technology programmes that require hands on learning through practical or laboratory work.

Scholarships and financial support[edit]

UTAR offers scholarships and loans based on the following criteria:[27]

  • Must be a Malaysian citizen
  • Family and personal income and commitments
  • Scholastic ability and academic performance
  • Character and involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • Has obtained admission to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Pursuing full time of foundation or degree programmes

List of UTAR Scholarships available:[28]

  • UTAR scholarships for top achievers (full / half tuition fee scholarships for foundation and undergraduate programmes)
  • UTAR Sport & Talent Scholarship
  • UTAR - ACCA Scholarship (RM5,000 to UTAR Accounting graduates who are enrolled in the ACCA)
  • Datuk Sim Mow Yu - UTAR Scholarships Fund (especially for Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Chinese Studies)
  • Tan Sri (Dr.) Lim Goh Tong - UTAR Scholarship Fund
  • UTAR - Sin Chew Daily Education Fund
  • UTAR - The Star Education Fund
  • UTAR - Nanyang Education Scholarship
  • UTAR - UEC Scholarship

UTAR also provides interest free student loans[29] to those financially needy students who are pursuing foundation or undergraduate degree programmes.[30]

Rankings and Reputation[edit]

Year Rank Valuer
2012 251-300 QS Asian University Rankings
2012 64[31] QS Asian University Rankings - Employer Reputation
2013 251-300 QS Asian University Rankings
2014 94[32] UI Green Metric World University Ranking
2015 251-300[33] QS Asian University Rankings
2015 106[34] UI Green Metric World University Ranking
2016 251-300[35] QS Asian University Rankings
2016 90[36] QS Asian University Rankings - International Faculty
2016 126[37] QS Asian University Rankings - Employer Reputation

UTAR was rated tier 5 (Excellence) for Malaysia Quality Agency(MQA) SETARA Rating 2011,[38] SETARA Rating 2013[39] & Malaysia Quality Agency(MQA) D-SETARA Rating 2012 for Engineering.[40] UTAR also was rated tier 4 for Malaysia Quality Agency(MQA) D-SETARA Rating 2012 for Health Sciences.[40]

On 11 May 2013, UTAR's Perak campus won the PAM Gold Award in the education category at the PAM Awards 2013 for its inspiring architecture and landscape.[41] UTAR is also ranked within the Top 100 UI Green Metric World University Ranking 2014 with this attractive campus.[32]

Student life[edit]


As of 2016, both the UTAR Kampar Campus and Sungai Long Campus still do not have their own hostels for students.

Students studying at the UTAR Kampar Campus have easy access to accommodation facilities. They usually stay in these locations:[42]

  • Westlake
  • Eastlake
  • Taman Mahsuri Impian (Kampar Residensi)
  • Kampar Putra
  • Kampus West City
  • East Tin Campus Suite
  • MH Unilodge
  • The Trails of Kampar (Agacia)

Students from Sungai Long Campus can also look for apartments available for rent located around the UTAR Sungai Long Campus.[43]

Notable alumni[edit]

UTAR has produced many notable alumni who have contributed significantly towards the development of Malaysia and abroad.


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