Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malay)
துங்கு அப்துல் ரகுமான் பல்கலைக்கழகம் (Tamil)
(Jawi script) اونيۏرسيتي تونكو عبدالرحمن
Motto in English
|Broadening Horizons, Transforming Lives|
|Type||Private, Not For Profit|
|Established||13 August 2002|
|Chairman||Ting Chew Peh|
|Chancellor||Ling Liong Sik|
|President||Ewe Hong Tat|
Blue, yellow, red and white
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (abbreviated as UTAR; simplified Chinese: 拉曼大学; traditional Chinese: 拉曼大學) is a non-profit private research university in Malaysia. UTAR ranked top 100 in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2018 and top 600 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, placing it 2nd overall in Malaysia only after University of Malaya. UTAR also ranked 13th in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022 for Graduate Employment Rate  (same score as Polytechnic University of Milan), 31st in UI GreenMetric Ranking Top 50 Under 50 2022, and 3rd in Malaysia for Nature Index Institution Research Output.
UTAR is one of the Premier Digital Tech Universities that are recognized by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), focusing on providing students with first-class theoretical and practical training to meet the nation's digital economy demands, and the first Malaysian institution to become part of Alibaba Cloud Academic Alliances.
UTAR was established in June 2002 through the UTAR Education Foundation, a non-for-profit organisation, and a total of 411 students are enrolled in June 2002 for its first intake. As of January 2023, the university has grown to an enrolment of more than 21,000 students and over 79,000 alumni. At first, the university offered only eight honours degree programmes but now offers more than 131 programmes including foundation, undergraduate bachelor degrees, postgraduate masters degrees as well as doctorate PhD programmes.
As of 31st March 2023, UTAR has 9 faculties, 3 academic institutes, 3 academic centres, and 35 research centres. In addition, UTAR has formal collaborative agreements with more than 324 universities and 234 industry partners from 31 countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Russia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Spain, and Poland, providing a wide range of study opportunities for inbound and outbound students alike.
The university has two campuses, the award-winning Kampar campus in the state of Perak and one in Sungai Long located within the Klang Valley in the state of Selangor.
In July 2001, the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a prominent organization in the Malaysian Chinese community, received an invitation from the Malaysian Ministry of Education to establish a university. Ling Liong Sik, the President of the MCA, chaired a committee that drew up a framework for the establishment of the university. Another committee was formed to compile the necessary documents to receive approval from the local authorities. The second committee was led by Ng Lay Swee, the Principal of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, a tertiary education institution also established by the MCA, and it included Lai Fatt Sian, the Head of the School of Business Studies of the University College, who became the founding Dean of the UTAR Faculty of Accountancy and Management. The university also established the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, led by Yeoh Suan Pow, and the Faculty of Information Communication and Technology, led by Tan Chik Heok. Ling Liong Sik was appointed Council Chairman of UTAR and Ng Lay Swee became the first President and CEO.
In June 2002, UTAR opened its doors to the pioneer batch students on its first campus located in Section 13 of Petaling Jaya, on premises previously owned by the publisher of a local daily called The Star.
Through the three newly established faculties, the university offered its first eight honours degree programmes At that time, the Faculty of Accountancy and Management, under founding Dean Lai Fatt Sian, hosted more than 6,000 students and was described as the largest business faculty in a Malaysian private university. However, due to space constraints and popularity of the courses, the intake was required to be cut off at remarkably high requirements and many were disappointed having their application rejected. This ultimately resulted in market-driven high calibre graduates being strongly demanded by the industry.
An official ceremony was held to launch UTAR on 13 August 2002 at the main hall of the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College. Attending the ceremony was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad. The prime minister also officiated the university groundbreaking event at its new campus at Kampar, in the state of Perak.
UTAR once maintained campuses in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur, but in June 2015 these were consolidated with the Sungai Long campus.
Ng Lay Swee retired as the President on 31 March 2008. She was succeeded by Chuah Hean Teik. Following her retirement, many pioneering staff members who worked with her from the inception of the university left the establishment as well.
Chuah Hean Teik retired as the President on 31 August 2019. He was succeeded by Ewe Hong Tat effective from 1 September 2019.
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Kampar Campus has an area of 1,300 acres (2.03 square miles; 5.26 square kilometres), making it one of the largest private universities in Malaysia.
|UTAR Kampar Campus|
|Location||Kampar, Perak, Malaysia|
|Town or city||Kampar|
|Groundbreaking||12 January 2003|
|Inaugurated||1 June 2007|
|Kampar Campus - Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman - UTAR|
UTAR Kampar main campus is located at Kampar, Perak. The campus received the first intake of students in May 2007.
UTAR faculties located in Kampar campus are:
|UTAR Sungai Long Campus|
|Location||Sungai Long, Selangor, Malaysia|
|Town or city||Sungai Long|
|Coordinates||3°02′23″N 101°47′39″E / 3.03972°N 101.79417°ECoordinates: 3°02′23″N 101°47′39″E / 3.03972°N 101.79417°E|
|Relocated||1 June 2015|
|Floor count||KA Block: 10|
KB Block: 11
|Sungai Long Campus - UTAR|
UTAR Sungai Long campus is located at Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang, Selangor.
UTAR faculties located in Sungai Long campus are:
There are three intakes every year on January, May and October for foundation, bachelor honours degree and postgraduate programmes.
For the entry requirements, students with only Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) / Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia Vokasional (SPMV) can apply for the one-year UTAR Foundation programmes, such as Foundation in Science and Foundation in Arts. Those who have completed the Foundation programmes will then be eligible to enrol in the bachelor degree programmes. Other than the UTAR Foundation programmes certificate, students with other qualifications such as Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), A-Levels, South Australian Matriculation (SAM), Canadian Pre-University (CPU) and National Higher Education Entrance Examination (Gaokao) can also apply for the Bachelor's Honours Degree programmes. Besides, students with a diploma or Foundation qualifications from a college, polytechnic or other universities may also apply for admission to UTAR programmes with chances of gaining successful entry with credit transfer.
Nonetheless, all local and foreign students applying for the entry of UTAR programmes are required to be proficient in the English language as almost all the courses are taught in English (except some Chinese studies programmes). Students are usually required to have a credit or relevant score in either SPM English Language, O-level English Language, UEC English Language, MUET, TOEFL, IELTS, CPE, CAE, SAT or ACT.
Students who wish to apply for admissions can do it online through on the official website of UTAR. They can also visit the UTAR Division of Programme Promotion or Division of Admissions and Credit Evaluation, available at both the Sungai Long Campus and Kampar Campus, for more information on the programmes and requirements for admissions.
The structure of UTAR Foundation and full-time degree programmes consists of three semesters per year. The first two semesters for the full-time degree programmes, which begin in January and May, are considered long semesters, which are around 19 to 20 weeks (14 weeks of teaching, 3 weeks of examinations, 2 to 3 weeks of semester break), the short semester for the full-time degree programmes that begins in October is only around 13 weeks (7 weeks of teaching, 3 weeks of examination, 3 weeks of semester break). For Foundation studies, the first two semesters which also begins in January and May, are considered as long semesters, which are around 17 or 19 weeks (14 weeks of teaching, 1 week of examinations, 2 or 4 weeks of semester break), the short semester that begins in October is around 16 weeks (12 weeks of teaching, 1 week of examinations, 3 weeks of semester break).
The teaching in UTAR is usually carried out through lecture, tutorial and practical classes. Lectures in UTAR are conducted in large class sizes by qualified lecturers (at least Master's degree qualification for bachelor's degree programmes). A typical lecture class in UTAR can accommodate up to 200 or 300 students. Tutorials consist of smaller class sizes (usually fewer than 30 students) where students often ask questions and have discussions with tutors and other students. Practical classes are commonly arranged for science, engineering, and information technology programmes that require hands on learning through laboratory work.
UTAR offers scholarships and loans based on the following criteria:
List of UTAR Scholarships available:
UTAR also provides interest free student loans to financially needy students who are pursuing foundation or undergraduate degree programmes.
All UTAR academic programmes are approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and Public Service Department (JPA).
UTAR has been awarded self-accreditation status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency of the Ministry of Higher Education, which authorises UTAR to conduct self-assessments to accredit its programmes in accordance with the criteria set by the MQA, although this status excludes certain programmes that require a professional body's recognition. UTAR was awarded Premier Digital Tech University status by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).
UTAR is a member of the Dell EMC Academic Alliance, SAP University Alliances and Alibaba Cloud Academic Alliances. UTAR also a member of Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO), Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Talloires Network of Engaged Universities and a university member of The Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow (ABEST21).
Various departments and programs at UTAR are also recognized by professional associations and institutes across Malaysia, other Southeast Asian countries, Australia, the Commonwealth, and the United States. The UTAR engineering degree programmes are recognized by the Board of Engineers Malaysia. This recognition allows UTAR engineering graduates to practice in 23 countries including the United States, China, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Ireland, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey and South Africa under the Washington Accord.
List of Programmes Recognized By Professional Body Besides MQA Accreditation
|Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Accounting||CPA, ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CTIM, ICSA, MICPA & MACS|
|Bachelor of Accounting (Hons)||CPA, ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW, CTIM, ICSA, MICPA & MIA|
|Bachelor of Communication (Hons) Public Relations
Bachelor of Economics (Hons) Global Economics
Bachelor of International Business (Hons)
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biotechnology
|Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons)
Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) Entrepreneurship
Bachelor of Economics (Hons) Financial Economics
Bachelor of Marketing (Hons)
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biotechnology
|MAICSA & MACS|
|Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons)||MBOT & MAICSA|
|Bachelor of Economics (Hons) Financial Economics||CFA, FAA & MAICSA|
|Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) Banking and Finance||CFA, ACCA, FAA, AICB, FPAM, MAICSA & MACS|
|Bachelor of Finance (Hons)||CFA, ACCA, FAA, FPAM, MAICSA & MACS|
|Bachelor of Science (Hons) Logistics & International Shipping||CILT, LogM & MBOT|
|Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chemistry||RSC|
|Bachelor of Science (Hons) Actuarial Science||SOA|
|Bachelor of Science (Hons) Financial Mathematics||FPAM|
|Bachelor of Science (Hons) Architecture||LAM|
|Bachelor of Science (Hons) Quantity Surveying||BQSM & RICS|
|Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Electronics (Computer Networking)
Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Telecommunications Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Electronic Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Environmental Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Industrial Engineering
Bachelor of Materials Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering with Honours
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Petrochemical Engineering
|BEM & IEM|
|Bachelor of Science (Hons) Construction Management||CIOB, RICS & MBOT|
|Bachelor of Building and Property Management (Hons)||BOVAEP|
|Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Graphic Design and Multimedia
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Game Design
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Digital Animation
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Game Development
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biotechnology
Bachelor of Information Systems (Hons) Information Systems Engineering
Bachelor of Information Systems (Hons) Business Information Systems
Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) Communications Networking
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Software Engineering
|Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) Retail Management
Master of Business Administration (Corporate Management)
|MACS & ABEST21|
|Master of Business Administration (Corporate Governance)||MACS, MAICSA & ABEST21|
|Master of Business Administration||ABEST21|
UTAR is awarded MBOT Supportive University/College Award by Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT), for giving support to MBOT through membership application drive for staff and programme accreditation by MBOT. UTAR is also the Most Attractive Graduate Employers To Work For in 2021 by Graduates' Choice Award (GCA), placed third (Education Category) at Malaysia's 100 Leading Graduate Employers Awards 2020 and granted CIMA Prize-Winner Excellence Award 2020 Regional Bronze (Asia Pacific) by Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
|Global – Overall|
|QS World||801-1000 (2022)|
|QS Employability||201-250 (2022)|
|THE World||501-600 (2021)|
|Regional – Overall|
|QS Asia||157 (2021)|
|THE Asia||119 (2021)|
|THE Emerging Economies||144 (2021)|
|National – Overall|
|QS National||14 (2021)|
|THE National||2 (2021)|
UTAR has been mainly ranked by two international ranking systems, the QS University Rankings, and the Times Higher Education University Rankings. UTAR is ranked third among the most productive institutions in the world for research discipline of mobile commerce and its application.
UTAR also ranked 3rd in Malaysia for Nature Index Institution Research Output.
|2017||111-120||Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings|
|2017||101-150||Times Higher Education Young University Rankings|
|2017||14||Times Higher Education Young University Rankings - Millennial Universities|
|2018||501-600||Times Higher Education World University Rankings|
|2018||99||Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings|
|2018||114||Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings|
|2018||101-150||Times Higher Education Young University Rankings|
|2018||111-120||Times Higher Education Asia Pacific University Rankings|
|2019||501-600||Times Higher Education World University Rankings|
|2019||117||Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings|
|2019||111-120||Times Higher Education Asia Pacific University Rankings|
|2019||101-200||Times Higher Education Impact Rankings|
|2019||111||Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings|
|2019||101-150||Times Higher Education Young University Rankings|
|2020||501-600||Times Higher Education World University Rankings|
|2020||501+||Times Higher Education World University Rankings By Subject - Business and Economics|
|2020||601-800||Times Higher Education World University Rankings By Subject - Engineering and Technology|
|2020||138||Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings|
|2020||201-300||Times Higher Education Impact Rankings|
|2020||119||Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings|
|2020||101-150||Times Higher Education Young University Rankings|
|2021||501-600||Times Higher Education World University Rankings|
|2021||501-600||Times Higher Education World University Rankings By Subject - Business and Economics|
|2021||601-800||Times Higher Education World University Rankings By Subject - Engineering and Technology|
|2021||201-300||Times Higher Education Impact Rankings|
|2021||119||Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings|
|2021||147||Times Higher Education Young University Rankings|
|2021||144||Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings|
|2012||251-300||QS Asian University Rankings|
|2012||64||QS Asian University Rankings - Employer Reputation|
|2013||251-300||QS Asian University Rankings|
|2015||251-300||QS Asian University Rankings|
|2016||251-300||QS Asian University Rankings|
|2016||90||QS Asian University Rankings - International Faculty|
|2016||126||QS Asian University Rankings - Employer Reputation|
|2018||251-260||QS Asian University Rankings|
|2019||188||QS Asian University Rankings|
|2020||801-1000||QS World University Rankings|
|2020||251-300||QS Graduate Employability Rankings|
|2020||10||QS Graduate Employability Rankings - Graduate Employment Rate|
|2020||181||QS Asian University Rankings|
|2021||801-1000||QS World University Rankings|
|2021||157||QS Asian University Rankings|
|2022||801-1000||QS World University Rankings|
|2022||201-250||QS Graduate Employability Rankings|
|2022||13||QS Graduate Employability Rankings - Graduate Employment Rate|
The international UI GreenMetric annually ranks universities on their sustainability performance in infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation, and education. The ranking is organised by the Universitas Indonesia.
|2011||Tier 5 (Excellence)||SETARA|
|2012||Tier 5 (Excellence)||D-SETARA Engineering|
|2012||Tier 4 (Very Good)||D-SETARA Health Sciences|
|2013||Tier 5 (Excellence)||SETARA|
|2017||Tier 5 (Excellence)||SETARA|
|2018||Tier 5 (Very Competitive)[non-primary source needed]||SETARA|