In­no­va­tive path­way

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A HIGHLY rep­utable higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion es­tab­lished since 1969, Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man Univer­sity Col­lege ( TAR UC) is known for ex­cel­lent education, hav­ing suc­cess­fully pro­duced many prom­i­nent na­tional lead­ers, in­dus­try cap­tains, suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs and pro­fes­sion­als.

In its ef­forts to en­sure the pro­grammes of­fered are rel­e­vant to the needs of the mar­ket­place, TAR UC con­tin­u­ously re­views and in­no­vates its aca­demic of­fer­ing.

With that in mind, TAR UC has es­tab­lished col­lab­o­ra­tion with three Bri­tish univer­si­ties to of­fer Dual Award pro­grammes that will pave the way to­wards ob­tain­ing two bach­e­lor’s de­grees.

This unique col­lab­o­ra­tion was ini­ti­ated fol­low­ing the evolv­ing trend in the em­ploy­ment mar­ket where global mo­bil­ity and work­place di­ver­sity are in­creas­ingly be­com­ing com­mon­place. This is par­tic­u­larly preva­lent in multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions as well as many Malaysian com­pa­nies ex­pand­ing over­seas.

Apart from pos­sess­ing a glob­ally recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion, em­ploy­ers are em­pha­sis­ing more on hav­ing a global mind­set as well as cul­tural savvy from em­ploy­ees.

TAR UC’s Dual Award is care­fully de­signed to meet the new de­mands to give stu­dents the com­pet­i­tive edge when they join the work­force. As im­plied by the name, the Dual Award will con­fer stu­dents two bach­e­lor’s de­grees upon suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the pro­grammes with such ar­range­ment en­tirely in Malaysia. This means stu­dents will re­ceive one Bach­e­lor’s de­gree from TAR UC and an­other from the col­lab­o­rat­ing over­seas part­ner univer­sity.

The three Bri­tish univer­si­ties that col­lab­o­rate with TAR UC on the Dual Award are Coven­try Univer­sity, Sh­effield Hal­lam Univer­sity and Univer­sity of Sal­ford. Each has en­tered into the strate­gic part­ner­ship in dis­tinc­tive ar­eas of stud­ies.

Coven­try Univer­sity fo­cuses mainly on fi­nance and man­age­ment dis­ci­plines. The part­ner­ship with Univer­sity of Sal­ford, hav­ing its cam­pus at Me­di­aCi­tyUK with a world- class cre­ative com­mu­nity, fo­cuses in the ar­eas of mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion and cre­ative art while Sh­effield Hal­lam Univer­sity has a more di­verse range of con­cen­tra­tions.

One salient fea­ture of TAR UC’s Dual Award ar­range­ment is the op­tion to ei­ther un­der­take the Dual Award pro­grammes en­tirely in Malaysia or opt for study abroad ex­pe­ri­ence, spend­ing one se­mes­ter in the col­lab­o­rat­ing part­ner univer­sity’s cam­pus in the United King­dom to ex­pe­ri­ence learn­ing in an in­ter­cul­tural en­vi­ron­ment that is di­verse and be ex­posed to global trends.

On top of this, stu­dents will also be able to de­velop global per­spec­tives, which will be an as­set in their ca­reers.

The above two op­tions are ap­pli­ca­ble to Coven­try Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Sal­ford ex­cept Sh­effield Hal­lam Univer­sity where study abroad is manda­tory.

Since the be­gin­ning of 2015, many TAR UC stu­dents have gone to the UK for the one se­mes­ter study abroad. Among them is Chan Yee Chia, a Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( Hons) stu­dent, who has suc­cess­fully com­pleted four sub­jects in Coven­try Univer­sity. She at­trib­uted this achieve­ment to the ded­i­cated lec­tur­ers and univer­sity staff who were of great help to her.

An­other stu­dent reap­ing the ben­e­fits of the Dual Award col­lab­o­ra­tion is Yap Shir Li, a Bach­e­lor of Cor­po­rate Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( Hons) stu­dent, who stud­ied in Sh­effield Hal­lam Univer­sity for a se­mes­ter. Yap felt that with the cur­rent high volatil­ity in the cur­rency ex­change rate, TAR UC Dual Award’s ar­range­ment came as a com­pelling bonus for her who yearned to ex­pe­ri­ence study­ing over­seas.

Yap said, “Spend­ing one se­mes­ter in Sh­effield Hal­lam Univer­sity has taught me to be in­de­pen­dent and now, I am more con­fi­dent in adapt­ing to the dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment in a for­eign coun­try. Through my com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the lec­tur­ers, staff and stu­dents from other na­tion­al­i­ties, my in­ter­per­sonal skill has im­proved tremen­dously, which will be an as­set for me. I am glad that I en­rolled for TAR UC’s Dual Award Pro­gramme.”

Ex­plore more about the Dual Award and other pro­grammes at TAR UC’s Open Day at its Kuala Lumpur Main Cam­pus and branches in Pe­nang, Perak, Jo­hor, Pa­hang and Sabah or visit TAR UC’s booth at all ma­jor education fairs.

Al­ter­na­tively, visit www. tarc. edu. my.

A strong group leader will keep a brain­storm­ing ses­sion mov­ing.

chan yee chia ( se­cond from right, squat­ting) build­ing new friend­ships with stu­dents from dif­fer­ent coun­tries at coven­try Univer­sity.

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