As the Chinese proverb goes, it takes a tree only 10 years to grow, but it takes 100 years to cultivate and nurture people.
Drawing inspiration from the life lesson, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) recently inaugurated a Durian Dream Garden in its main campus.
“The tree-planting ceremony is symbolic of what TAR UC has become over the past 50 years.
“Over the years, more students have benefited from completing their studies here and are now serving the country by making their mark both in Malaysia and across the world,” said former TAR UC principal Yoong Lai Thye.
Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who is TAR UC Board of Governors chairman, hopes the institution will advance further in their mission to provide quality education for all Malaysians.
The gesture is a meaningful one to the varsity, its president Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei said, as it moves towards meeting 21st-century learning requirements.
“We’re equipping our students with new skills to prepare them for the workforce.
“We’re committed to educating students beyond the classroom and to help them acquire new abilities that are relevant to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
The tree-planting ceremony was initiated by the Federation of TAR College Alumni Associations Malaysia (FTARCAA).
Planting durian trees has a local nuance as the fruit is popular among Malaysians.
Comparing the strength of the durian tree and its high-quality fruit to the character of TAR UC students, FTARCAA president Yeo Eng Hui said the institution’s courses are industry-relevant and of high value.
“Our students are like seedlings grafted to produce superior durian fruits, and their time in TAR UC will help them grow into high-quality graduates,” he said.
Describing the Durian Dream Garden as a noble initiative, TAR UC alumnus Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai is proud of his alma mater for providing a solid foundation for its students to succeed.
“I hope that TAR UC can continue to produce quality graduates for the market,” said the Top Glove Corporation Bhd executive chairman and founder.
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