Accolade from the Ministry Of Education
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.