To be a global university of educational and research excellence with transformative societal impact.
UTAR is committed to achieving the vision through:
UTAR is also guided by its Six Educational Pillars which have been incorporated into the University culture since 2008:
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 about 20,000 students with campuses located in Kampar, Perak and Bandar Sungai Long, Selangor.
UTAR has graduated over 82,000 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 138 academic programmes from Foundation Studies to Bachelor's, Postgraduate Diploma, 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, centres and institutes are located in UTAR Kampar Campus:
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
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:
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programmes conducted are recognised by local and international professional
bodies such as Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow a 21st century organisation (ABEST21), Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB), Association of
Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK, Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM),
Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM), Board of Valuers, Appraisers, Estate Agents and Property Managers (BOVAEP), 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), Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT), Malaysian Institute of Accountants
(MIA), Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), Multimedia Super Corridor Status (MSC), 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 12 September 2023