Ac­co­lade from the Min­istry Of Ed­u­ca­tion

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FOR over four decades, Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man Univer­sity Col­lege (TAR Univer­sity Col­lege) through its Fac­ulty of Ap­plied Sciences and Com­put­ing has forged links with many in­dus­try lead­ers.

This fa­cil­i­tates the trans­fer of the lat­est knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy to the class­room with the aim of de­vel­op­ing grad­u­ates who meet the needs of the in­dus­try.

The ef­forts in strength­en­ing the em­ploy­a­bil­ity of its ICT grad­u­ates have led TAR Univer­sity Col­lege be­ing recog­nised as the In­dus­try Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence (ICoE) for In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) clus­ter by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

This recog­ni­tion took place on Oct 24 dur­ing the of­fi­cial ICoE launch­ing event where Deputy Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion II P. Ka­malanathan awarded the ICoE cer­tifi­cate to TAR Univer­sity Col­lege pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok.

The ICoE is a gov­ern­ment-ini­ti­ated pro­gramme for the pur­pose of hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment that is specif­i­cally tar­geted at stu­dents in higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

They are trained by in­dus­try play­ers in spe­cific in­dus­tries be­fore grad­u­a­tion to in­crease the em­ploy­a­bil­ity of stu­dents.

This pro­gramme is de­vel­oped to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Grad­u­ate Em­ploy­a­bil­ity Blue­print.

Cur­rently, there are nine clus­ters un­der the ICoE pro­gramme, namely elec­tron­ics, oil and gas, biotech­nol­ogy, au­to­mo­tive, whole­sale and re­tail­ing, con­struc­tion, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy, hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism, and health care, as de­fined un­der the Na­tional Key Eco­nomic Ar­eas (NKEAs).

TAR Univer­sity Col­lege is one of the an­chor uni­ver­si­ties in the ICoE ICT clus­ter since its ini­ti­a­tion in the year 2012.

The Fac­ulty of Ap­plied Sciences and Com­put­ing has been work­ing closely with Univer­siti Malaysia Pa­hang and IBM Malaysia in pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal train­ing for its ICT stu­dents.

Sev­eral IBM tech­nolo­gies are be­ing em­bed­ded in the pro­gramme cur­ricu­lum, in­clud­ing IBM Ra­tional Soft­ware Ar­chi­tect, IBM Ra­tional Ap­pli­ca­tion De­vel­oper, IBM DB2 and IBM Lo­tus Notes in the area of ob­ject-ori­ented anal­y­sis and de­sign, web ser­vices, in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment and work­flow man­age­ment in or­der to pro­vide stu­dents with the in-de­mand knowl­edge and skills.

In ad­di­tion to tech­ni­cal knowl­edge, stu­dents are also pro­vided soft skills train­ing.

With bal­anced em­pha­sis in the de­vel­op­ment of tech­ni­cal and soft skills, the stu­dents will be well-equipped with the es­sen­tial knowl­edge and com­pe­tency that will give them the added edge in the mar­ket­place and in­crease their em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion on TAR Univer­sity Col­lege ICT or A-Level/Foun­da­tion pro­grammes, log on to www.tarc.edu.my or visit the Univer­sity Col­lege’s Open Day at its KL Main Cam­pus and branch cam­puses in Pe­nang, Perak and Jo­hor, and fac­ulty branches in Sabah and Pa­hang from March 15 to 30, 2014.

Also visit the univer­sity col­lege’s booths at all ma­jor ed­u­ca­tion fairs.

Dr Tan (left) re­ceiv­ing the cer­tifi­cate of par­tic­i­pa­tion from Ka­malanathan.

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