En­rich­ing events

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DED­I­CATED to teach­ing and re­search ex­cel­lence, Univer­siti Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man ( UTAR) has suc­cess­fully nur­tured a plen­i­tude of com­pe­tent grad­u­ates with a cur­ricu­lum that in­cul­cates in­de­pen­dent think­ing and cre­ativ­ity among stu­dents.

The Psy­chol­ogy un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gramme of­fered by the univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Arts and So­cial Sci­ence ( FAS) is one of the many pro­grammes in UTAR con­tribut­ing to th­ese ex­cel­lent batches of grad­u­ates.

Be­ing one of the most pop­u­lar un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes at UTAR, the Bach­e­lor of So­cial Sci­ence ( Hons) Psy­chol­ogy ad­dresses the need in the in­dus­try for pro­fes­sion­als who are com­pe­tent as psy­chol­o­gists within Malaysia and be­yond.

This is ev­i­dent through a se­ries of en­rich­ing events such as “Psy­chol­ogy Day” or­gan­ised by the en­thu­si­as­tic Psy­chol­ogy stu­dents with the as­sis­tance of their ded­i­cated lec­tur­ers.

Aimed at im­prov­ing bet­ter un­der­stand­ing about the job tracks of Psy­chol­ogy stu­dents as well as build­ing bet­ter re­la­tions among the stu­dents, teach­ers and alumni, “Psy­chol­ogy Day” suc­cess­fully at­tracted the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of more than 200 lec­tur­ers and stu­dents.

Among the ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised by UTAR’s cre­ative Psy­chol­ogy stu­dents through­out the years were the “Feel Free To Talk” Work­shop, which raised aware­ness about the im­por­tance of talk­ing and shar­ing as one of the ther­a­pies for stress re­lief, “Free Smile” Op­er­a­tion that pro­moted the im­por­tance of smil­ing and re­main­ing pos­i­tive in daily life, and “Love Hugs” Pro­ject, which en­cour­aged peo­ple to spread their love and care by giv­ing oth­ers a warm hug.

All ac­tiv­i­ties may vary but they un­der­line the pro­gramme’s em­pha­sis on learn­ing out­side the class­room through ex­pe­ri­en­tial and ser­vice learn­ing.

It is through such cur­ricu­lum and projects that stu­dents are nur­tured and ed­u­cated in line with UTAR’s found­ing prin­ci­ple of “by the peo­ple, for the peo­ple” and to be ever ready to give back to so­ci­ety.

UTAR’s com­mit­ment in con­tribut­ing back to the com­mu­nity via com­mu­nity ser­vice was re­alised when UTAR Com­mu­nity Coun­selling Cen­tre ( UCCC) was es­tab­lished in 2013 to en­able mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to seek as­sis­tance for good men­tal health, pro­vid­ing more con­ve­nience through ser­vices such as phone coun­selling and per­sonal coun­selling ses­sions.

The UCCC is also an ex­am­ple of the univer­sity’s avail­abil­ity of teach­ing and as­sess­ment lab­o­ra­to­ries equipped with fa­cil­i­ties for teach­ing, learn­ing and re­search.

The sub­jects of­fered by the Psy­chol­ogy un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gramme are con­stantly re­viewed and im­proved to keep it up to date and in pace with the lat­est mar­ket trends.

Th­ese have en­abled stu­dents to demon­strate an un­der­stand­ing of var­i­ous fields in psy­chol­ogy that com­prises ba­sic psy­chol­ogy sub­jects.

Psy­chol­ogy stu­dents are be­lieved to have bet­ter adapt­abil­ity as some of the niche sub­jects such as Pos­i­tive Psy­chol­ogy and Coun­selling Skills that al­low stu­dents to learn and ap­ply the ways of man­ag­ing prob­lems in life, es­pe­cially in ar­eas such as stress man­age­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

Cou­pled with UTAR’s im­pres­sive record of 97% its grad­u­ates be­ing em­ployed within six months of grad­u­a­tion, UTAR Psy­chol­ogy grad­u­ates are ready to ven­ture into the in­dus­try.

In con­junc­tion with the May 2016 stu­dent in­take, UTAR is invit­ing school­leavers, their friends and fam­i­lies to UTAR’s Open Day.

The Open Day will be held on March 19 and 20, 9am to 5pm at UTAR Sun­gai Long in Ban­dar Sun­gai Long and UTAR Kam­par Cam­pus in Perak.

UTAR is also hav­ing its ex­tended coun­selling hours at the Sun­gai Long and Kam­par cam­puses daily from March 12 till June 12, 9am to 5pm ( ex­clud­ing pub­lic hol­i­days).

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03- 9086 0288 / 016- 223 3559 ( Sun­gai Long cam­pus), 05- 468 8888/ 016- 223 3557 ( Kam­par cam­pus), e- mail en­quiry@ utar. edu. my or visit UTAR’s web­site at www. utar. edu. my/ openday/.

Se­nior- ju­nior in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion dur­ing Psy­chol­ogy Day.

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