DONNING a graduation robe for the second time, Chow Wai Hing beamed with delight as he took a few photos with Chan Yong Wai and Ong Wei Sheng to digitally immortalise the moment they became graduates with their Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).
The trio are the first batch of MBA graduates from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC).
Proud that his hard work paid off, Chow, 27 - who obtained a degree in Corporate Administration from TAR UC in 2016 - said he chose to return to the institution to pursue his master’s in research to gain more knowledge and enhance his skills.
“It is good to have some form of stress as it motivates us to put in more effort to overcome obstacles.”
He added he may continue to pursue a doctorate in the future and is looking to start a career in research or consultancy.
Chan, 30, said pursuing his MBA allowed him to learn through mistakes, which was his “recipe to success” in getting his second scroll from TAR UC.
“Mistakes are experiences that allow us to reflect on what we have not done right.
“It improves our critical thinking skills,” said Chan who obtained a degree in Business Economics from the same institution in 2013.
He added that it felt great to be in TAR UC’s first batch of MBA graduates, just as the institution celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Chan who had worked for an e-commerce company while helping to run a family business, advised future MBA students to be brave and try new things.
“Making mistakes within an academic institution will not cost you your job, unlike in the workplace.
“Make as many mistakes as possible so that the lecturers and supervisors can guide us through, that is how we should learn,” he said.
Ong, 25, said pursuing an MBA was not a walk in the park.
“It took me two years to complete my course while working in sales.
“You need to put in a lot of effort and work hard in order to achieve success,” he said.
He obtained a degree in Retail Management in 2016 before pursuing his MBA.
Elated that TAR UC has come a long way since its inception in 1969, its Board of Governors chairman Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the institution is applying for an upgrade to become a full-fledged university.
He said TAR UC is confident of achieving university status although facing many constraints, including the government not giving its RM30mil annual matching grant.
“The institution strives to produce quality graduates and to continuously provide affordable and quality education.
“We also intend to recruit more international students,” he said.
Liow added that the institution, which turns 50 this month, is governed by a professional management team and supported by dedicated employees.
“The success of our 200,000 graduates in every corner of the world is a testament to our education quality,” he said.
TAR UC, said Liow, had also built a strong profile with global recognition from renowned professional bodies and prestigious universities.
“It is the only institution in the world to conduct the Internally Assessed ACCA Fundamentals programme.
“We are also ACCA’s Platinum Approved Learning Partner, placing TAR UC among the world’s top 5% of ACCA tuition providers.
“TAR UC is the first – and currently, the only higher learning institution in Malaysia – to be granted the Graduate Gateway status by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the world’s leading professional marketing body,” he said.
TAR UC, said Liow, was also conferred the Premier Digital Tech University status from the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation and the Education Ministry, signifying that it was the preferred institution for future digital talent.
Liow was speaking during the first session of TAR UC’s convocation ceremony 2019 last Friday where he conferred scrolls to some 300 graduates.
The convocation was held over three days at the TAR UC Kuala Lumpur Main Campus, 3,470 students receiving their scrolls.
Liow said its Merit Scholarship - first introduced in 1997, which provides a 100% fee waiver to students who excel academically - has benefited close to 23,000 students who have received a total of RM100mil.
“In 2018, 2,105 students were awarded this scholarship worth a total of RM17.9mil,” he said, adding that the institution also provides interest-free student loans.
“Since 1979, the interest-free loans have benefited 8,703 students, with over RM34mil disbursed,” he said.
Liow also called on all Tarcians (TAR UC alumni) to join the institution in celebrating its 50th anniversary on March 16 and 17.
“A host of activities have been drawn up but the key highlights will be a major concert on the evening of March 16 and the main ceremony on the 17th,” he said.
Set up in 1969 and named Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC) before it was invited to upgrade to university college status in 2013 and subsequently became Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC).
TAR UC president Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei, TARC Education Foundation Board of Trustees member Datuk Seri Yew Teong Look, TAR UC Board of Governors members Adrian Yeo Eng Hui and Prof Dr Durrishah Idrus were present at the convocation.
For information on the celebration, visit www.tarc.edu.my, contact Chan Choon Kit at 016-213 7766 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Serene Ong at 03-4145 3456 or e-mail email@example.com.
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