TALENT development is a nation building issue. The talent base and workforce of high-income nations have a number of key characteristics, notably these include higher education qualifications to promote knowledge generation and innovation, high skill-levels and strong levels of productivity.
The role of universities is to develop firstworld graduates. A high-income economy is one that is knowledge- and innovation-based, which requires a critical mass of knowledge workers such as scientists, engineers, patent agents and “technopreneurs”.
As such, universities have an important role to play in producing skilled people, who are able to create, innovate and exploit new ideas as well as apply and develop technologies.
“I’m glad to say that UTAR has been contributing to national talent development agenda,” says Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research director Professor Dr Faidz Abdul Rahman.
“Unlike most private universities, UTAR has greater emphasis in R&D and commercialisation. Since 2005, we’ve allocated over RM20mil of internal funding that has been supporting the starting up of more than 630 projects of which 74% of them have been completed.”
To strengthen performance culture in UTAR, the university has set specific goals for every faculty and staff members. Every staff needs to set goals and achieve them and the reward and remuneration system is performance-based.
The university is progressing well according to the UTAR R&D Roadmap which is a comprehensive plan with clearly defined deliverable objectives to monitor the progress of research, development and commercialisation in the university.
The university has set up the UTAR Global Research Network where UTAR faculty members network with 31 international collaborative partners and nine professorial chairs in the areas of agricultural science, banking and finance, chemistry, creative industries, construction management, economics, engineering, green technology and medicine.
Through the efforts of its dedicated faculty and staff members, UTAR has made significant headways in R&D on diverse areas of contemporary and emerging importance. These areas include stem cells, cancer, traditional Chinese medicine, building construction, waste water treatment, environmental health, mobile and satellite communications, solar and renewable energy, IT security, Internet TV, cloud computing, multimedia education and more.
UTAR collaborates with Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA) to enable graduates from the programme to be awarded the graduate status of MAICSA.
UTAR also collaborates with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Board of Engineers Malaysia, Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Chartered Institute of Building, UK (CIOB), Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, UK (ICSA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Britain, Royal Society of Chemistry, Britain and Society of Actuaries, United States.
UTAR offers 12 PhD and 28 Master’s programmes in Applied Accounting, Building Management, Business Administration, Banking and Finance, Chinese Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Engineering, Green Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Mathematical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Project Management, Science and Social Science.
As its programmes are industry-relevant and its graduates are equipped with the necessary technical and soft skills, UTAR’s graduate employability has been as high as more than 97% for many years.
UTAR is inviting school-leavers to come to its open day to know more about its programmes. Details are as follows:
> Dec 21-22, 9.30am to 5.30pm at UTAR Perak Campus in Kampar and UTAR Sungai Long Campus in Sungai Long
> Dec 28-29, 9.30am to 5.30pm at UTAR Kuala Lumpur in Setapak
UTAR is having extended counselling hours from now until January 2014 at the Petaling Jaya and Perak campuses (Monday to Sunday, excluding public holidays), from 9am to 5pm. Call 03-7958 2628 (PJ), 05-468 8888 (Perak) or 016-223 3559, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. my or visit www.utar.edu.my/.
UTAR places great emphasis on R&D and commercialisation.