Providing a strong foundation
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.