A HIGHER learning institution of choice for those aspiring to be successful and creative builders of the future, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College ( TAR University College) has been in the forefront of providing quality education in the field of engineering and built environment for more than four decades through its Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment ( FEBE).
FEBE has earned a well- deserved reputation for moulding many technically excellent engineers, architects and quantity surveyors.
FEBE’s numerous and conspicuous students achievements affirm the excellent teaching and high academic standards that it upholds.
Last year, FEBE students clinched top prizes in five leading industry competitions. This included wins by two FEBE student teams in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition where their ideas won the top two of three prizes for best ideas.
The two winning teams comprised four students, with one team solely from the Bachelor of Engineering ( Hons) Mechanical programme and another from the Bachelor of Engineering ( Hons) Mechatronic programme.
They came up with fine- tuned prototypes – one being a lower extremity exoskeleton that supports the leg muscles of users who face difficulties in moving around and the other being a wheelchair controlled by the bending motion of the fingers, which was proven to be more user- friendly especially for users who have sustained serious hand injuries.
In addition to this, four TAR University College students studying the Diploma in Architecture emerged as champions in the category of Green Innovation at the Anugerah Hijau 2015 Competition organised by EcoKnights, an environmental organisation that promotes sustainable development in Malaysia. Participants were required to produce a marketable product using recycled materials.
With the extensive and in- depth knowledge gained from their diploma programme and the consistent guidance of their lecturer, the team built a practical and creative invention that upcycled an old oil barrel to function as a table and chair.
FEBE students and lecturers also saw wins in the MyTRIZ Competition 2015, which requires participants to apply the TRIZ systematic innovation methodology and cultivate the spirit of innovation.
Participants were required to invent an affordable household application and find a solution for an industry project.
One team from TAR University College won the grand prize last year and two teams took the merit prizes in this year’s MyTRIZ Competition, marking the fourth successful attempt by TAR University College in winning top prizes in the said competition.
The top team gained its deserving win for designing an apparatus for a hair dryer and solving a problem for a local company that designs, manufactures and distributes brooms, brushes and cleaning products by providing the company a solution to eliminate waste when cutting brushes.
Another significant achievement was the win by a FEBE’s student in the UReka 3D Printing Challenge 2015.
Organised by Agensi Inovasi Malaysia, the competition aimed to promote the use of 3D printing technology to transform innovative ideas into workable solutions. The winning student Tan Yet Fang, who is studying his Diploma in Technology ( Electronic Engineering), presented his product idea called Shoes with Interchangeable Heels, which is basically a pair of shoes that can function as high heels and comfortable flats with just a quick change of the heels.
A team of 19 Bachelor of Science in Architecture ( Hons) students clinched third prize in the Best Booth Display category at the Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia ( PAM)’ s Annual Architecture Student Works Exhibition 2015.
The competition organised by PAM showcased the best work of architecture students in the country. The TAR University College team created the FabriCave, an attractive structure based on the natural design of a cave using only cardboards and plywood that took two months to build.
All in all, these achievements are true testaments to the exceptional quality of education in TAR University College, which ensures students are well developed and prepared for their future careers.
For more information, visit the Kuala Lumpur main campus or branch campuses in Penang, Johor and Perak or faculty branches in Pahang and Sabah or visit to www. tarc. edu. my.