Pro­vid­ing a strong foun­da­tion

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HAV­ING pro­vided pre-univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion for over four decades, Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man Univer­sity Col­lege (TAR Univer­sity Col­lege) has gained re­spect for its ex­cel­lent track record.

Its Cen­tre for Pre-Univer­sity Stud­ies (CPUS) has the dis­tinc­tion of pro­duc­ing count­less num­ber of stu­dents with stellar per­for­mances that re­sulted in ad­mis­sion into some of the top uni­ver­si­ties in the world.

Stu­dents of­ten find them­selves in a quandary dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod be­tween sec­ondary and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion. The PreUniver­sity pro­gramme serves to bridge this gap. With its long­stand­ing ex­per­tise, CPUS gives stu­dents the strong foun­da­tion re­quired through the Cam­bridge GCE A-Level and the Foun­da­tion.

The Cam­bridge GCE A-Level is recog­nised by uni­ver­si­ties world­wide as the yard­stick to mea­sure aca­demic abil­ity to pur­sue un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes.

The Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional A-Level syl­labus nur­tures stu­dents to de­velop a deep un­der­stand­ing of sub­ject mat­ter with four sub­ject com­bi­na­tions for the Sci­ence stream and two for the Arts stream, to be in­de­pen­dent in learn­ing through hands-on lab­o­ra­tory prac­ti­cal, as­sign­ments and pre­sen­ta­tions as well as de­velop crit­i­cal think­ing skills – a holis­tic ap­proach to learn­ing.

Of­fered since 1987, CPUS has proven its track record for qual­ity through nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades, which also in­cludes win­ning the an­nual Out­stand­ing Cam­bridge Learn­ers awards for be­ing top in Malaysia and in the world for var­i­ous sub­jects. Such ex­em­plary re­sults have opened doors to the world’s top uni­ver­si­ties for CPUS stu­dents.

Many also won schol­ar­ships such as the pres­ti­gious Asean Schol­ar­ships of­fered by the Sin­ga­pore gov­ern­ment and the Malaysian MyBrain Sci­ence Schol­ar­ships.

One CPUS stu­dent, Phung Cheng Shy­ong, scored an ex­tra­or­di­nary feat of 5A* in the Cam­bridge GCE A-Level (Sci­ence) ex­am­i­na­tion in June last year and was ad­mit­ted to un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies at the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity un­der the MyBrain Sci­ence Schol­ar­ship.

In the same ex­am­i­na­tion, Yew Kuok Fung achieved 4A* and emerged the re­cip­i­ent of the Asean Schol­ar­ship to pur­sue his Me­chan­i­cal Engineering pro­gramme at the Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity. Tan Zhai Gen, the top scorer with 4A* in his Cam­bridge GCE A-Level 2011 ex­am­i­na­tion, gained ad­mis­sion into Univer­sity of Ox­ford to read Molec­u­lar and Cel­lu­lar Bio­chem­istry on the MyBrain Sci­ence Schol­ar­ship.

With the up­grad­ing of sta­tus to TAR Univer­sity Col­lege, CPUS will be con­duct­ing the univer­sity col­lege’s home­grown Foun­da­tion pro­gramme, which pre­pares stu­dents be­fore they pro­ceed with un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes at TAR Univer­sity Col­lege.

The Foun­da­tion pro­gramme pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age of the rel­e­vant sub­jects to ease tran­si­tion into ter­tiary stud­ies. There are two re­spec­tive tracks avail­able for Sci­ence and Arts in the Foun­da­tion pro­gramme, each suit­ably cre­ated to meet the de­mands of spe­cific De­gree pro­grammes that the stu­dents will pro­ceed with later on.

CPUS head Looi Li Chin added, “Our Foun­da­tion pro­gramme is de­vel­oped through ex­ten­sive study of the spe­cific aca­demic re­quire­ments of the var­i­ous un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes in TAR Univer­sity Col­lege.”

Be­ing an in­sti­tu­tion with a full-fledged cam­pus, stu­dents can ex­pect not only qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion but one en­hanced with a myr­iad of re­cre­ational fa­cil­i­ties. There are also mod­ern sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries, a multi-storey li­brary and state-of-the-art com­puter cen­tre as well as sports fa­cil­i­ties, so stu­dents can bal­ance aca­demic de­mands with phys­i­cal fit­ness.

For more de­tails on TAR Univer­sity Col­lege pro­grammes, log on to http://www.tarc.edu.my or visit the univer­sity col­lege’s Open Day at its Kuala Lumpur Main Cam­pus and branch cam­puses in Pe­nang, Perak and Jo­hor as well as fac­ulty branches in Sabah and Pa­hang from March 15 to 30 from 9.30am to 5pm or its booths at ma­jor ed­u­ca­tion fairs.

TAR Univer­sity Col­lege stu­dents ben­e­fit from the con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment cre­ated for them on cam­pus.

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