KUALA LUMPUR: Graduates must contribute in their respective fields to help make Malaysia an outstanding nation, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
“They must strive to be productive, enthusiastic and responsible members of society in nation-building, ” said Liow, who is Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) Board of Governors chairman.
He said this was an important reminder as Malaysians prepare to celebrate the country’s 62nd year of independence.
“TAR UC promotes unity, harmony, integration and meritocracy.
“We don’t only focus on academic excellence, but also on ensuring that our graduates contribute to the community and country, ” he said during TAR UC’s graduation ceremony at its main campus in Setapak.
A total of 4,759 graduates received their diploma, degree and masters scrolls during the four-day convocation that ended yesterday.
The ceremony also saw 80 outstanding graduates receiving the Book Prize award.
Engineering graduate Kevin Ong, 23, who was among the recipients, was also presented with the President’s Award.
The Kelantanese plans to gain work experience before pursuing his postgraduate studies.
“I’m going to work for a few years first because as an engineer, experience is important.
“After that, I will study for a master’s and doctorate degree because a basic degree alone isn’t enough anymore, ” he said, adding that his interest is in mechanical engineering and project management.
On the secret to his success, Ong, who took home RM1,000 from the TARcian Alumni Association for his achievements, said he “studied smart and played hard”.
This year, over 8,700 students have graduated from TAR UC across its Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Sabah campuses.
To widen access to quality education, more than RM2.4mil in loans and RM11.5mil scholarships were given out since January.
TAR UC, said Liow, had submitted all the relevant documents to the Education Ministry in its bid to attain full-fledged university status.
“We have applied to be assessed by the ministry, ” he said, adding that TAR UC aims to have 1,000 international students by the end of this year.
“We have 300 international students currently and we want to recruit more.
“Student exchange programmes are being conducted as part of our efforts to cultivate a global mindset, ” he said, adding that the university college has several industry-relevant collaborations with China, especially in areas like e-commerce, digital entrepreneurship, and technical training to future-proof its graduates.
Students, he said, are encouraged to speak in English because proficiency in the language is key to being competitive.