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Tunku Abdul Rahman University College

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). On 2 May 2013, it officially became a university college.

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)
MottoQuality and Affordable Education
ChairmanDato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai
PresidentProf Ir Dr Lee Sze Wei
StudentsAbout 28,000
CampusKuala Lumpur Main Campus
Penang Branch Campus
Perak Branch Campus
Johor Branch Campus
Pahang Branch
Sabah Branch
AffiliationsACCA[1], CIMA[2], MAICSA[3], FPAM[4], ICAEW[5], CPA Malaysia[6], CPA Australia[7], FAA[8], CILTM[9], CIM[10], BEM[11], RISM[12], BQSM[13], BOVAEP, LAM, IKM

TAR UC's main campus covers 186 acres (75 ha) at Jalan Genting Kelang in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. The university 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 university college has a student population of over 28,000, including international students from 22 countries including China, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, India, Algeria, Brunei Darulssalam, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Syria and Yemen etc. Over 50 years since its inception, TAR UC has produced more than 200,000 alumni.

TARUC is the only institution in the world to conduct the Internally Assessed ACCA Fundamentals programme[14], and the only institution in Malaysia to be granted the Graduate Gateway status by the Chartered Institute of Marketing[15].

Main entrance of TAR UC's KL Main Campus.
Main entrance of TAR UC's KL Main Campus.


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 Tun 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 Tan Sri Khaw Kai Boh) to make recommendations for an institution of higher learning.[16]

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 continued its steady development under the leadership of Liow Tiong Lai. 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]

Institutional AwardsEdit

Asia Pacific CSR Awards 2016

TAR UC was accorded the Excellence in Education Improvement award in the Asia Pacific CSR Awards 2016 under the award category of Socially Responsible Company in Education Improvement on 27 September 2016. [17]

Premier Digital Technology Institution

TAR UC was recognised with the Premier Digital Tech Institution status by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and the Ministry of Higher Education in 2017. This status was renewed again in 2019. [18]


Faculty of Accountancy, Finance and Business (FAFB)Edit

Programmes are offered at diploma, undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels in:

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Commerce
  • Corporate Administration
  • E-Commerce & Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Finance & Investment
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Retail Management


TAR UC is the only ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner[19] institution in the world to be accorded the special privilege to run the Internally Assessed Programme for the 9 Fundamentals papers. TAR UC has also been recognised as a CIMA’s Global Learning Premium Partner[20] where students are granted the maximum exemption of 11 out of 16 papers of CIMA. TAR UC is a CIM Graduate Gateway accredited university in Malaysia.

Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FOET)Edit

Programmes are offered at diploma, undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels in:

  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electronic (Communication) Engineering

Faculty of Built Environment (FOBE)Edit

Programmes are offered at diploma and undergraduate levels in:

  • Architecture
  • Interior Architecture
  • Building
  • Real Estate Management
  • Construction Management & Economics
  • Quantity Surveying

Faculty of Applied Sciences (FOAS)Edit

Programmes are offered at diploma, undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels in:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Bioscience with Chemistry
  • Chemistry & Biology
  • Food Science
  • Sports & Exercise Science
  • Aquaculture
  • Applied Physics (Instrumentation)

Faculty of Computing and Information Technology (FOCS)Edit

Programmes are offered at diploma and undergraduate levels in:

  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Business Information Systems
  • Information Security
  • Information Systems Engineering
  • Interactive Software Technology
  • Internet Technology
  • ICT Applications / ICT Support Systems
  • IT Entrepreneurship
  • Management Mathematics with Computing
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Microelectronics
  • Software Engineering
  • Software Systems Development

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH)Edit

Programmes are offered at diploma, undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels in:

  • Counselling/psychology
  • English with Drama
  • Hospitality Management
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality & Catering Management
  • Baking & Cake Artistry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Food Service
  • Event Management

Faculty of Communication and Creative Industries (FCCI)Edit

Programmes are offered at diploma and undergraduate levels in:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcast Communication
  • Journalism
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations
  • Graphic Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • Fashion Design

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 Malaysian Qualifications Agency accredited programmes in:

  • Foundation in Science
  • Foundation in Arts
  • Foundation in Accounting
  • Foundation in Business
  • Foundation in Computing
  • Foundation in Engineering
  • Cambridge GCE A-Level Science
  • Cambridge GCE A-Level Arts

CPUS is recognised as a Cambridge International School.[21]

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.

CPSR currently offers the following postgraduate and doctorate programmes:

Postgraduate Programmes

By coursework:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Investment Management
  • Master of Corporate Governance
  • Master of Accounting and Finance

By research:

  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science (Life Science)
  • Master of Engineering Science
  • Master of Science (Food Science)
  • Master of Arts (Psychology)

Doctorate Programmes

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Computer Science)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Life Sciences)

Main Campus FacilitiesEdit


TAR UC's Sports Complex

The main campus has a sports complex which has a gymnasium, dancing room, badminton courts, an indoor basketball court and a roof top tennis court The Club House houses an Olympic-sized swimming pool, squash courts, snooker tables etc. Outdoor facilities include a football field, futsal courts, handball courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts and a jogging track.


On-campus hostelEdit

Teratai Residency

The hostel consists of 10 blocks of 5-storey building with 1,000 standard rooms which can accommodate 2,000 students. Each room is on a twin-sharing basis with 300 rooms allocated for male and 700 rooms for female in separate blocks. Each floor has its own common bathrooms, toilets, pantry, water dispenser and drying area.

Off-campus accommodation - Teratai ResidencyEdit

The student residence is a 28-storey building which consists of 448 units with 3 air conditioning/non-air conditioning rooms in each unit. It can accommodate at least 1,500 students. Amenities in the student residence include gym room, swimming pool, multipurpose hall, barbeque area, cafeterias, study rooms, convenience and stationery shop, hot/cold water dispensers, self-service laundry machines, and Surau. Each unit is complete with bathrooms, toilets, pantry, fridge, induction cooker, sofa, flat screen TV, shoes rack and drying areas. Beds, cupboards, study tables, chairs, bookshelves, ceiling fan are provided in every room.


TAR UC has a fleet of air-conditioned buses to ferry students between the Kuala Lumpur Main Campus and nearby residential areas and LRT stations.

Computing facilitiesEdit

In addition to Internet computers in the library, more are at the Cyber Centre. Wi-Fi hotspots are across the college, including the library and canteens.


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  5. ^ "Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales". ICAEW. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
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  9. ^ "Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Malaysia". CILTM. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Chartered Institute of Marketing". CIM. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Board of Engineers Malaysia". BEM. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia". RISM. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
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  18. ^ "Malaysia announces 3 new Premier Digital Tech Institutions". Study International. 18 June 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  19. ^ "ACCA Approved Learning Partner". ACCA Global. 12 December 2018.
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