PETALING JAYA: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) freshmen were welcomed in the first of four registration sessions starting yesterday.
Registration will continue today and on Monday. There will be briefings from the various faculties and departments, as well as activities tomorrow to enable the students to get to know each other.
In her welcoming speech at the Utar campus, university president Datuk Dr Ng Lay Swee said the freshmen included a group of Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) College diploma students who previously did not have the opportunity to enter an honours degree programme after completing their diploma or advanced diploma.
“This is historic as it is the first time we are welcoming TAR College students into our degree programmes. For the last 33 years, TAR College graduates could only go up to the advanced diploma level but now they can opt to complete an honours degree,” she said.
Dr Ng said the university would like to set up two other faculties, namely engineering and science, and medicine and health science, as well as an institute of postgraduate studies and a centre for extension education.
“We have submitted an application to the National Accreditation Board (LAN) for 10 more programmes. We hope that the engineering and science faculty can be set up later this year once LAN has approved the programmes,” Dr Ng said.
She also encouraged the students to participate in the many activities at the university.
“Feel free to approach your lecturers and the student affairs department for help even if it is regarding public transport. You must remember that you are here not just to gain an education but to prepare for the working world too,” she said.
She said international students would soon be joining the university to further promote cross-cultural interaction.
Students' organising committee chairman and first-year student Danny Sashideran said the committee spent a month organising events for the freshmen.
“We have planned several activities to help students get used to life at the university campus as well as some ice-breaking games,” he said.
Fellow student Mohd Amir Irfan Bakti, who is co-ordinating the student registration, said a booth manned by university staff had been set up to take the students' temperatures.
“We are doing this to ensure the campus is SARS- (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) free,” he said.
TAR College diploma student Ooi Poay Hong, from Penang, is joining the second-year business administration degree programme. He said he was getting used to life in Kuala Lumpur.
“I am staying with relatives in Wangsa Maju so I have to get used to the long commuting time,” said the 22-year old.
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