KUALA LUMPUR: With the strong foundation laid down by its founding leaders, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) will continue to stand tall as one of the country’s premier higher learning institutions, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“Having crossed the half-a-century mark is certainly no mean feat for an educational institution or even an organisation for that matter.
“It takes a very concrete and concerted effort to bring about such longevity for an institution.
“The strong foundation laid down by MCA in the setting up of (TAR UC) 50 years ago is also a contributing factor in reaching this milestone,” he said in his opening remarks at TAR UC’s 50th anniversary celebration here yesterday.
Dr Wee said the institution was founded by then MCA president Tun Tan Siew Sin who saw the need to provide opportunities for more Malaysians to gain quality tertiary education and to build human capital for the country.
“His aspiration became the vision of the institution to provide opportunities for Malaysians to pursue quality education irrespective of class, race or creed, and to supplement the government in developing a sufficient skilled workforce,” he said.
Committed leaders from MCA such as Tan Sri Lee San Choon travelled the length and breadth of the country to drive many fundraising initiatives for the institution, added Dr Wee.
“Another visionary leader is Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik who led various efforts to raise the necessary funds for the expansion of the higher learning institution.”
Dr Wee also noted that TAR UC places great importance on the standard of its programmes, which has resulted in it being recognised locally and internationally.
“In the past 50 years, TAR UC has achieved so much in terms of academic credentials and its standing in academia.
“For instance, we have been recognised as the Platinum Approved Learning Partner by ACCA, which is the highest level of accreditation given to universities and colleges globally.
“TAR UC is also the only institution in the world to be granted by ACCA the privilege to conduct the Internally Assessed ACCA Fundamentals programme,” Dr Wee said.
“Our presence throughout the nation in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Sabah reflects our commitment in widening the access to a quality and affordable education.
“The biggest pride for us is that over 50 years, TAR UC has educated more than 200,000 graduates who have played critical roles in developing the country,” he added.
He urged the TAR UC community to stand united in a bid to push the institution to greater heights.
“With unflagging determination and strong willpower, we can chart another glorious voyage into the next 50 years with greater achievements,” he said.
Also present were TAR UC board of governors chairman Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, former MCA deputy president Tun Michael Chen and Dr Ling.
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