Well-rounded UTAR talents

UTAR Kampar campus is flanked by picturesque mountains, dotted with scenic lakes and located within a growing township, and it offers a conducive and serene learning environment.

Individuals who completed their tertiary education in Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) are more than just mere graduates – they are talents. Nurtured with knowledge and skills through UTAR’s quality and affordable holistic education, these talented graduates secure an employability rate of 95-97% within nine months of graduation.

“The application of the Outcome-Based Education (OBE) strengthens our holistic education because it stimulates the development of students’ cognitive (brain), affective (heart), and psychomotor (hand). This will enhance their intellect, emotions, social, and physical well-being,” said UTAR student development and alumni relations vice president Prof Dr Choong Chee Keong.

“UTAR’s conducive learning environment also contributes to their academic and extracurricular excellence, because we encourage students to get involved in community services, entrepreneurship activities, sports, and other character building activities that are already part of their learning curriculum.

“As a result, they are able to hone their leadership, interpersonal, creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and time management skills, which are all important for them to be adaptable, resilient, and equipped to grow professionally and personally.”

He added, “The effort of nurturing talents through education is also important, because the realisation of their true potentials gives them the confidence to contribute towards making the society, country, and world better, and that is the kind of talent that we aim to produce through UTAR’s education. Now that sustainability is also heavily emphasised, the use of talents for innovation, ideas, solutions, and development in various aspects is necessary.”

That effort is supported by the UTAR Community and Voluntary Engagement programme (UTAR CARE programme). It is a new system, introduced in 2021, that recognises students’ achievements towards community engagement.

Through this programme, students are able to put teamwork, communication, problem-solving, project planning, organisation, and task management skills to practise when they learn about the current issues faced by communities in the real world.

In volunteering in the programme, students develop empathy, humility, compassion, positive attitudes, and higher levels of internalised moral standards. These values also make them the choice candidates among top employers, as they are able to contribute to the organisation’s social responsibilities.

Talents aspiring to help solve global issues through research, and thus contributing to making the world a sustainable place, are supported through the UTAR Research Scheme (URS), which exposes and involves them in research and development. As a result, they are able to hone their creativity and innovation as they develop new ideas and approaches to solving problems. It also instils in them the critical thinking skills, as they question and analyse information from various perspectives.

Another platform that facilitates students' use of their potential is the Unovate Centre. The business incubator provides business advice, networking connections, mentoring, training, assistance to set-up the company, and legal advice. Through this centre, students are nurtured in an entrepreneurial culture that also helps accelerate the successful development of young businesses or start-ups during their early years.

UTAR talents are also individuals who have high cultural intelligence skills, which the university continues to nurture through its inbound-outbound mobility programmes. These programmes provide global networking opportunities for students to experience overseas student life, pursue high quality academic programmes, pick up a new language, experience new cultures and gain global network. Not limited to UTAR students, international students enrolled in these programmes are able to study in UTAR and experience Malaysian culture. This is made possible thanks to the over 650 partnerships established worldwide, including mobility programmes with prestigious universities and research collaborations with leading industry partners.

UTAR offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in areas including Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Arts, Chinese Studies, Malaysia Studies, Business and Economics, Biotechnology, Engineering and Build Environment, Information and Communication Technology, Life and Physical Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Media and Journalism, Education and General Studies, and Agriculture and Food Science. The varsity also engages in the provision and conduct of research, consultation, management and leadership training, and other related educational services at its Sungai Long and Kampar campuses in Malaysia.

Visit UTAR Open Day on June 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23 from 9am to 5pm at both Kampar and Sungai Long campuses.

For more information, visit www.utar.edu.my or call 05-468 8888 (Kampar campus), 03-9086 0288 (Sungai Long campus).

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