UTAR’s Vision
To be a global university of educational excellence with transformative societal impact.

We are committed to achieving the Vision through:

  • Universal values in our beliefs
  • Tenacity in overcoming challenges
  • Agility in facing new frontiers
  • Responsibility in pursuit of excellence 

UTAR is also guided by its Six Educational Pillars which have been incorporated into the University culture since 2008:

  • Virtue and Morality
  • Knowledge and Intellect
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Sociality and Humanitarianism
  • Aesthetics and Harmony
  • Creativity and Innovation

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) was officially launched on 13 August 2002 as a not-for-profit private university providing affordable quality education. It is established under the UTAR Education Foundation and registered under the Malaysian Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996.

Guided by its vision to be a global university of educational excellence, UTAR is highly reputed as one of the fastest growing private higher education institutions in the country with phenomenal growth in all aspects of its development since its inception. With the first intake of only 411 students in its Petaling Jaya campus in 2002, the University’s enrolment has now reached more than 22,000 students with campuses located in Kampar, Perak and Bandar Sungai Long, Selangor.

UTAR has graduated over 64,600 students since its inaugural convocation in 2005 and has made impressive strides in establishing a strong reputation as a comprehensive University with dedication to achieving excellence in teaching and research. The University currently offers more than 110 academic programmes from Foundation Studies to Bachelor's, Master’s, and PhD degrees in the fields of Accounting, Business and Economics, Actuarial Science, Mathematics and Process Management, Agriculture and Food Science, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, Creative Industries and Design, Engineering and Built Environment, Information and Communication Technology, Life and Physical Sciences, and Medicine and Health Sciences.

UTAR Kampar Campus

UTAR’s main campus in Kampar was built on a 1300-acre piece of land donated by the Perak State Government. It is located in the growing township of Bandar Barat Kampar in Perak. Strategically located off the North-South highway, Kampar Campus is 190 km from Kuala Lumpur which is slightly over two hours away from the city by car. The Campus welcomed its first intake of students in May 2007.

Flanked by picturesque mountains, dotted with scenic lakes and located within a growing township, Kampar Campus offers a conducive and serene learning environment. This Campus features modern educational facilities and provides students with access to some of the latest learning technologies and research innovations. In addition, the Campus has facilities for sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and a gymnasium. The spacious campus grounds are also ideal for jogging and cycling.

The following faculties are located in UTAR Kampar Campus:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FAS)
  • Faculty of Business and Finance (FBF)
  • Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT)
  • Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (FICT)
  • Faculty of Science (FSc)
  • Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS Kampar)
  • Centre for Extension Education (CEE Kampar)
  • Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS Kampar)

The construction of Phase Two of the Kampar campus was completed in mid- 2012. With the completion of Phase Two, there are now 15 buildings in this lake-view campus including a grand hall with a seating capacity of 4,000, lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, a cafeteria, and the creation of more parking spaces.

Visitors to the panoramic UTAR Kampar Campus will unmistakably catch a glimpse of the exceptionally striking grand hall erected with architectural finesse on a 12,000-square metre plot of land. This palatial hall was built to commemorate UTAR's 10th anniversary and it was named after its illustrious founder, YABhg Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik who is now the Chancellor of UTAR.



Dewan Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik

Another unique feature in Kampar Campus is a pair of bronze sculptures; one of Confucius and the other of Einstein. These two imposing sculptures are located in front of Heritage Hall and weigh a total of 580kg. These sculptures symbolise UTAR's belief in the universality of learning and thinking with the convergence of wisdoms from both the East and the West.

The bronze sculptures

Amid the lush greenery and pristine lakes on campus is the UTAR Bird Sanctuary which is a heronry located on a small island in the middle of the lake on campus. There are about 5 species of herons breeding in this heronry. Besides these breeding birds, the campus is also surveyed to have an impressive 100 species of birds.

UTAR Bird Sanctuary

Lakeside view of Kampar Campus

Heritage Hall
Teaching & Learning Complex I
Student Pavilion I
Faculty of Science /
Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology
University Administration Block
Faculty of Business and Finance
Teaching & Learning Complex II
Engineering Workshop
Student Pavilion II
Faculty of Information and Communication Technology /
Institute of Postgraduate Studies & Research Labs
Faculty of Arts and Social Science /
Institute of Chinese Studies
Book shop
Wellness centre
Campus gym

UTAR Sungai Long Campus

The Sungai Long Campus is located in Bandar Sungai Long, a main township in Kajang, Selangor. It is a purpose-built campus with surrounding facilities and services that support banking, housing, public transport, shopping and meals for the convenience of the students.

On 1 June 2015, UTAR relocated its campuses and offices from Setapak, Kuala Lumpur and Section 13 Petaling Jaya to its own campus in Sungai Long in a move to consolidate and strengthen the University’s presence in the Klang Valley. This move to Sungai Long was one of the most defining moments in UTAR’s history as the University continues its next decade of excellence in education.

The Sungai Long Campus houses the Mary KUOK Pick Hoo Library and the following faculties, centres and institutes:

  • Faculty of Accountancy and Management (FAM)
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Science (FMHS)
  • Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI)
  • Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES)
  • Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS)
  • Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS)
  • Centre for Extension Education (CEE)
  • Institute of Management and Leadership Development
  • Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research

Block A
Block B
Main Entrance of Block B
View from the road
Water fountain at Block B
Steps at the entrance
Sungai Long Campus Block A & B
Campus gym
Mary KUOK Library

UTAR Quick facts

  • Nine faculties, three centres and three institutes
  • 32 Research Centres
  • UTAR Global Research Network
  • More than 400 memoranda with industry partners and universities from 28 economies
  • Nine Endowed Chairs/Professorships in key research areas
  • International students from 44 economies
  • 95% – 97% graduate employability rate within six months after graduation
  • More than 100 external examiners from 18 economies
  • More than 130 industry advisors
  • More than 2,000 academic and administrative staff
  • Over 64,400 alumni
  • More than 70 international awards received by students in 2019
  • 78 student clubs and societies
  • ISO 9001 certified and MSC status
  • More than 295,000 volumes of books, publications and numerous online resources
  • Tier 5 (Excellent) in D-SETARA for Engineering
  • Tier 4 (Very Good) in D-SETARA for Health Sciences
  • #=138 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020
  • 102nd World's Most Sustainable University in 2019 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings
  • #501-600 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020
  • #601-800 in the Times Higher Education (THE ) World University Rankings 2020 for Engineering and Technology
  • #501+ in the Times Higher Education (THE ) World University Rankings 2020 for Business and Economics
  • #=181 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings 2020
  • #251-300 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings 2020
  • #800-1000 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2020
  • "MBOT Supportive University/College Award" by the Malaysian Board of Technologists (MBOT)
  • #501-600 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019
  • #101-150 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2019
  • #101-200 in the Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings 2019
  • #=117 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019
  • #111 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2019
  • #111-120 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019
  • #=188 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings 2019
  • Sin Chew Education Awards (SCEA) 2018/2019 for Outstanding Educational Institutions in the Private Universities/Colleges Category
  • Premier Digital Tech University status awarded by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in 2019
  • #501-600 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018 Top 1,000 list
  • #101-150 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2018
  • #111-120 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2018
  • #=114 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings 2018
  • #99 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2018
  • #251-260 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings 2018
  • 5-Star (Excellent) for the "Emerging University" category under the Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions 2017 (SETARA'17)
  • Self-accreditation status awarded by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency in 2017
  • #111-120 in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2017
  • #101-150 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017
  • =14 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017: Millennial universities
  • CSR Excellence Award at the Sin Chew Business Excellence Award (SCBEA) 2017 for Corporate Social Responsibility Category
  • Top three Malaysian universities for number of citations per paper in 2015 as released by Quacquarelli Symonds' (QS) Intelligence Unit and announced in 2016
  • UTAR 10-Year Strategic Plan (2013-2022)
  • 2013 PAM Malaysia (Malaysian Institute of Architects) Gold Award (Education Category/Architectural Excellence) for UTAR Kampar Campus

Our University programmes conducted are recognised by local and international professional bodies such as Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK, Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), UK, Certified Public Accountants (CPA), Australia, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM), Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM), The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK (ICSA), Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia (Board of Architects Malaysia), The Society of Logisticians Malaysia (LogM), Malaysian Association of Company Secretaries (MACS), Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), UK, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK, Society of Actuaries (SOA), USA, and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Updated as at 25 February 2020