KAJANG: It was an occasion to celebrate – 15 years of providing affordable and high-quality education to the public.
Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai described Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman's (Utar) 15th anniversary as a "dream come true" at its Sungai Long branch campus here on Thursday.
The MCA president said that the milestone had great significance for those who had worked tirelessly to turn the vision into a reality.
He also paid tribute to Utar founder and chancellor Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, who was instrumental in setting up the university.
"It's very heartening to see him still contributing to Utar and leading charity projects to support its growth," said Liow.
Also present was Dr Ling; Utar council member Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan; MCA Youth chairman and Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon; Utar board of trustees chairman Tan Sri Sak Cheng Lum; Utar council chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ting Chew Peh and Utar president Datuk Dr Chuah Hean Teik.
Utar had humble beginnings, first opening its Petaling Jaya campus doors on Aug 13, 2002, offering just eight degree courses with a student enrolment of 411.
"Utar is now a reputable premier university with some 26,000 students enrolled, over 50,000 graduates and 110 programmes offered," said Dr Chuah.
Utar was also placed in the top 120 by the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2017, top 150 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017 and ranked 14 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2017 in the millennial universities category.
Earlier this year, Utar was awarded self-accreditation status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
Since June 2015, Utar has been operating in two permanent campuses here and in Kampar.