KUALA LUMPUR: MCA honorary life president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik has embarked on his third career as an “educationist” by working for the development of the two institutions of higher learning established by the party.
The doctor-turned-politician said education has always been MCA’s biggest commitment to society and that he would contribute to this undertaking as chairman for both Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) College and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar).
“I am out of politics now but I will use my time and efforts to develop and expand TAR College and Utar to meet the need of the Chinese community, the nation and its people,” he said.
Dr Ling said Utar, which the party had started “from zero,” must not fail because there were high expectations from the community and the Government.
“It is a great challenge to determine from zero the proper direction for the development of Utar,” he said at the party headquarters here yesterday.
Dr Ling said there were three types of universities: the specialised one that focused only on certain disciplines, the comprehensive type that offered a wide range of fields of studies and “entrepreneur universities.”
Dr Ling said he had visited other countries to learn more about “entrepreneur universities” and was impressed by the concept of using research centres set up within an institution to generate funds through developing products needed by the market.
Utar could move towards becoming a hybrid of the three university types, he said, adding that its council will have to decide on this as soon as possible.
“Utar is born out of TAR College. It is an extension, and we will ensure that the two institutions grow as a one unit. Our fund-raising drives will have the interests of both in mind.
“All the excellent qualities and traditions that have helped to make TAR College a success over the last few decades will also carry over into Utar,” he said.
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