UNIVERSITI TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN

Welcome Message from UTAR President

Welcome to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).

I am pleased and honoured to continue with the vision and strategies of the former UTAR President, Ir Prof Academician Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, who has just retired. He has left behind a legacy of university successes and accomplishments which have led the university to strategic growth and development. I am happy to carry on the university’s mission and to lead the university further in its trajectory of success.

As one of the major private universities in the nation, UTAR has strong global partners, commitment to collaborative research and publications, diverse student activities and international exchange programmes, a wide range of academic programmes and a unique campus learning experience. We provide vast learning opportunities, both academic and experiential, with industry attachments and international exchanges for our students to be prepared to eventually work in challenging work places and to develop a more open and global mind-set. Our partnerships and collaborations with universities and organisations around the world widen the learning experiences and enhance inter-cultural understanding to ensure that our students develop good cultural intelligence. Our graduates have consistently enjoyed very high employability rates within six months of graduation and are well received by employers.

During their studies on campus, our students are trained in soft skills through our UTAR Soft Skills Development Certificate (USSDC) Programme and are also inculcated with good values as stated in our Six Educational Pillars. We have been conducting community projects and providing voluntary services to various communities including rural schools and villages. Such activities educate our students on social responsibilities and provide them the relevant exposure as part of our efforts toward the character building of our students.

Our focus on research, through our 32 research centres, has also provided opportunities for staff and students to participate in research projects on campus and to collaborate with the industry and overseas universities. The Undergraduate Research Scheme (URS) is the university’s initiative in support of students’ participation in R&D.

As a non-profit university, we endeavour to provide quality education and to keep our fees affordable while ensuring that our students’ education is wholesome, encompassing the acquisition of knowledge as well as the building of good characters. Our academics are experienced and qualified, with many from the industry; including researchers who are actively collaborating with major companies and universities to share knowledge and resources, and to ensure that our curriculum and expertise are current and relevant.

UTAR is a university by the people for the people and we look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise with you in our continuous efforts towards nation building and international collaborations.

We welcome you to be part of our UTARian community and to partake in our educational journey.

Thank you.

With best wishes,

Ir Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat