Notable Milestones

12 April 2022

The much-awaited announcement of the upgrading of TAR UC to a full-fledged University, named Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology (‘TAR UMT’) took place on 12 April 2022. YB Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of TARC Education Foundation who is also the Minister of Transport and President of Malaysian Chinese Association (‘MCA’) announced the joyous news to an audience of TARCians comprising alumni, staff and students as well as industry partners and well-wishers of the institution. Present to witness the historic event included YB Senator Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, Deputy Minister of Education, YB Senator Dato’ Sri Ti Lian Ker, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, YB Senator Datuk Lim Ban Hong, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Chairman of TAR UC’s Board of Governors and Prof Ir Dr Lee Sze Wei, President of TAR UC.

30 October 2021

TAR UC marked a brick and mortar milestone on 30 October 2021 with the groundbreaking ceremony of the Student Centre. The highlight of the event was when YB Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, TARC Education Foundation and President of the Malaysian Chinese Association (‘MCA’) fired up a piling machine showcasing the symbolic breaking of the ground at the site.

The event was witnessed by YB Senator Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, Deputy Minister of Education, YB Senator Dato’ Sri Ti Lian Ker, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, YB Senator Datuk Lim Ban Hong, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, YBhg Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Chairman of TAR UC’s Board of Governors and Prof Ir Dr Lee Sze Wei, President of TAR UC.

Targeted to be completed by 2024,  the new Student Centre is a dedicated hub for student’s activities which will be equipped with many modern facilities and amenities, aimed at enhancing multidimensional learning for students.

22 December 2020

TAR UC obtained SETARA 5-Star rating for the year 2018/2019 under the University Colleges category by the Ministry of Higher Education, in its inaugural participation.

23 September 2020

Reenacting the historic moment that shaped and formed the then TAR College, a tree-planting ceremony was conducted with the families of the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj and the late Tun Tan Siew Sin on 23 September 2020.

The tree planting ceremony was recreated by Tunku Muinuddin Putra and Datin Sri Sharifah Menyalara Hussein, grandchildren of the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, and Tan Siok Eng, Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo and Tan Siok Lee, daughters of the late Tun Tan Siew Sin. Both families also unveiled a plaque on each tree to commemorate the occasion.

The families planted one rain tree (Samanea Saman) each in front of Bangunan Tun Tan Siew Sin.

13 November 2019

TAR UC celebrated the 40th anniversary of the TAR UC Student Loan Fund on 13 November 2019.

The TARC – Lee Thong Lock Family Student Loan was also established during the donor appreciation ceremony, making it the 39th donor loan.

7 November 2019

TAR UC is one of only 2 IHLs chosen as i4.0 Technology Expert Centre, a collaborative effort with Malaysia Productivity Corporation ('MPC'), which is a statutory body under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry ('MITI').

The MoU was signed between TAR UC and MPC on 7 November 2019.

5 November 2019

The TAR UC E-Commerce Training Centre was launched on 5 November 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Main Campus.

A collaborative effort between TAR UC, Lingnan Modern Technician College (‘LNMTC’) and Guangdong Zhuoyue Qiancheng Education Services Co. Ltd (Best Study Education Group), the training centre marks TAR UC as the first institution of higher learning in Malaysia to offer practical hands-on e-commerce skills and industry exposure for students.

24 June 2019

TAR UC and the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia ('BQSM') signed a Memorandum of Understanding ('MoU') on 24 June 2019, putting TAR UC's quantity surveying graduates on the fast track to obtaining a professional membership with BQSM.

17 June 2019

TAR UC was awarded the Premier Digital Tech University status by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation ('MDEC') for the second time on 17 June 2019.

This status reaffirms TAR UC as the institution of higher learning that delivers first-class theoretical and practical training in digital technology.

16 - 17 March 2019

TAR UC held a grand ceremony for its 50th Anniversary celebration on 17 March 2019. The main ceremony saw many alumni from far and wide coming together to celebrate the occasion with their alma mater. The highlight of the main ceremony was the sealing of the time capsule which will be opened by the TARC Community in 2069.

There was also a concert held on 16 March 2019 in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary celebration showcasing songs composed by the famous Red Brick Society.

26 January 2019

TAR UC won 3 prestigious awards at the Sin Chew Education Awards 2018/19, namely:-

  • •Outstanding Educational Institutions: Private Universities/Colleges Award
  • •Product Award
  • •CSR Award
20 August 2018

TAR UC’s Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management was accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Malaysia (‘CILTM’) on 20 August 2018.

With this, the aforementioned programme is recognised as equivalent to CILT Professional Qualification. Students will also be able to register as an Affiliate Member and graduates will be able to upgrade their status to Member of CILT (‘MILT’) after gaining 3 years of relevant working experience.

They will also be exempted from all 13 professional papers.

1 August 2018

TAR UC launched its Integrated Innovation Hub or I2 Hub in short on 1 August 2018 at its Kuala Lumpur Main Campus.

The hub will serve as a centre of intelligence harnessed from all the faculties within TAR UC and turns it into a catalyst for the creation of innovative applications and technologies aimed at four key areas: Smart Campus for Education 4.0, Industry 4.0, Agriculture 4.0 and Corporate Social Responsibility ('CSR') services.

With I2 Hub, TAR UC has been conferred the honour of being the first institution of higher learning in Malaysia to embark on developing and incorporating digital technology to turn TAR UC into Smart Campus through in-house development, and the first institution of higher learning in Malaysia to provide consultancy to the industry in the implementation of the real-time Industry 4.0 solutions.

13 February 2018

TAR UC named 10 buildings in Kuala Lumpur Main Campus after its founding leaders at the "Going 50: People Behind The TARC History" ceremony held on 13 February 2018 to pay tribute to these leaders as well as to signify the commencement of a countdown towards TAR UC's golden 50th anniversary celebration.

Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, TARC Education Foundation and Board of Governors, TAR UC, officiated the countdown by naming 10 buildings after 10 luminaries who played key roles in the establishment and growth of the then TAR College to TAR UC today.

28 August 2017

TAR UC was awarded the Premier Digital Tech University status on 28 August 2017 by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation ('MDEC'), officially making it one of the eight institutions in Malaysia to receive such recognition.

With this recognition, TAR UC is one of the selected universities to be the preferred institution for future digital talents. At the same time, TAR UC also sets the benchmark to other institutions of higher learning aspiring to be the preferred talent supplier for the digital tech industry.

5 August 2017

The new purpose-built Pahang Branch Campus in Kuantan was successfully launched on 5 August 2017. The launch was officiated by Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Pemangku Raja Pahang and attended by YAB Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Dato' Sri Diraja Haji Adnan bin Haji Yaakob, Pahang Chief Minister, YB Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, TARC Education Foundation and Board of Governors, TAR UC, who is also the Minister of Transport, YB Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong, Member of the Board of Trustees, TARC Education Foundation and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, YB Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC.

This purpose-built campus enables TAR UC to widen access to quality education in the East Coast region and at the same time play our role in supporting the growth of this region.

7 February 2017

The groundbreaking ceremony for the permanent purpose-built Sabah Branch Campus in Alamesra, Kota Kinabalu was held on 7 February 2017. The ceremony was officiated by Y.A.B. Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman, Sabah's Chief Minister and witnessed by YB Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, TARC Education Foundation & Board of Governors, TAR UC, YB Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong, Member of the Board of Trustees, TARC Education Foundation, YBhg Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC and YBhg Tan Sri Dato' Sri Richard Koh, Director of Rickoh Holdings Group of Companies.

Slated to be completed by 2019, the RM50 million purpose-built campus will replace the current branch in Donggongon, Penampang, Sabah.

23 September 2016

TAR UC was accorded the Excellence in Education Improvement award in the Asia Pacific CSR Awards 2016 under the award category of Socially Responsible Company in Education Improvement.

10 August 2016

Launch of Postgraduate Programmes and Postgraduate Library

TAR UC celebrated a grand launch of TAR UC s postgraduate programmes and postgraduate library at the East Campus in the Kuala Lumpur Main Campus. The three postgraduate programmes launched are the Master of Business Administration ( MBA ) which is a taught Master s programme as well as the two research-based Master of Science programmes which focus on Physical Science and Life Science. The postgraduate library will supplement the educational needs of the staff and students of the postgraduate programmes.

20 June 2016

Launch of TARC Incubator

TAR UC has established an integrated business incubator named as TARC Incubator located in Kuala Lumpur Main Campus. The launch of the incubator was officiated by YB Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong, Member of the Board of Trustees, TARC Education Foundation, and Minister in the Prime Minister s Department.

24 February 2016

The Faculty of Accountancy, Finance and Business of TAR UC has been relocated to new premises located at the eastern part of TAR UC which is now known as the East Campus. The East Campus consists of one administration block, one lecture block comprising six lecture halls, one block comprising a canteen, a convenience store and tutorial rooms, four tutorial blocks and one postgraduate and research block.

8 December 2015

The launching of the Korean Language Centre at TAR University College took place as part of the collaboration between TAR University College and Dankook University, Korea. This collaboration also paves the way for TAR University College Diploma graduates to be able to articulate into the 3rd year of a 4-year Bachelor degree programme of the corresponding discipline at Dankook University.

7 December 2015

The launching of the new phase and naming of the new library building after YBhg Tan Sri Dato Dr Sak Cheng Lum, was held in Penang Branch Campus and graced by YB Dato Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Member of TARC Education Foundation, Secretary-General of Malaysian Chinese Association and Minister of International Trade and Industry II, as well as YBhg Tan Sri Dato Dr Sak Cheng Lum. The new phase of development at Penang Branch Campus consists of a 3-storey library building, two 4-storey faculty blocks and a twin lecture theatre hall.

16 May 2015

Ground breaking ceremony for Pahang Branch in Kuantan was held on 16 May 2015. The ceremony was officiated by K.D.Y.T.M Tengku Mahkota Pahang and witnessed by Dato Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Chairman of TAR University College Board of Governors and TARC Education Foundation Board of Trustees and Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR University College.

Located 5km from Kuantan town centre, this branch is purpose-built with 15 acres of land and it will replace the current branch in Karak, Pahang.

20 March 2015

TAR UC and Sheffield Hallam University launched the Dual Award Collaboration in a launching ceremony.

Students who study the TAR UC Bachelor Degrees under the Dual Award programme with Sheffield Hallam University will spend one semester to study in Sheffield Hallam University, UK and awarded two Bachelor Degrees, one from TAR University College and another from Sheffield Hallam University upon successful completion of the programme.

6 February 2015

Tunku Abdul Rahman University College has successfully obtained the ISO 9001:2008 Certification for the Library and the Division of Examination and Credit Accumulation services.

ISO 9001:2008 Certification marks another milestone for TAR UC on its effort to continually improve and enhance its library services and examination services in assuring the highest quality.

8 December 2014

The TAR UC - Coventry University Dual Award Launching Ceremony has officiated the collaboration between the two established institutions in offering the Dual Award programme. 8 Bachelor degree programmes of the Faculty of Accountancy, Finance and Business are covered in the Dual Award collaboration with Coventry University.

28 November 2014

The University of Salford's School of Arts and Media academic team came to TAR University College to meet the students from the Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities ('FSAH') during the TAR UC - University of Salford Dual Award Launch and Project 2014 at DK ABF.

5 programmes from FSAH under the Dual Award allow students to either take the Dual Award or the Dual Award with Study Abroad option where students can study for one semester at the School of Arts and Media, University of Salford in the UK.

31 October 2014

A presentation ceremony was held in recognition of two TAR University College programmes offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, namely, the Bachelor of Estate Management (Honours) and Diploma in Technology (Property Management), that have received accreditation from the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Malaysia ( BOVAEA ).

6 June 2014

TAR University College and IBM established Entrepreneurial Support Centre with the aim of nurturing industry-relevant skills and seed entrepreneurial culture among undergraduates. The Centre, housed within the Faculty of Applied Science and Computing, complements IBM s Academic Initiative On-Campus Center of Excellence ( CoE ) which was established in TAR University College in 2011.

21 May 2014

TAR University College launched the Virtual Centre for Excellence in Professional Accountancy in partnership with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) on 21 May 2014. The Virtual Centre is set up to further enhance the value of our accounting programmes and output, namely students and graduates. The Centre will promote educational innovations in professional accountancy, organise scholarly activities in the area of accountancy and finance, conduct accountancy and finance related research activities, and collaborate with professional bodies, industries and overseas universities on training and development programmes to better equip our students with latest technical know-how and essential real life skills to better prepare them for an increasingly complex work environment where fast paced innovation and perpetual change is the constant.

11 April 2014

The Leonard Personality Centre of Excellence was launched with the objective of developing scientific research in the field of personality and promoting emotional excellence among people both locally and internationally.

24 February 2014

As a gesture of appreciation to the donors of the TARC Trust Fund for the construction of the Student Centre, a recognition ceremony was held at TAR University College, Kuala Lumpur Main Campus on 24 February 2014. This event also served as a platform to communicate to the alumni and the public of the need to raise funds to expedite the development of the Student Centre. Estimated to cost RM30 million, the Student Centre aims to be the hub for students' activities that spur creativity, innovation and learning through communal sharing, experience and socialising.

24 October 2013

Tunku Abdul Rahman University College was awarded the Industry Centre of Excellence (ICoE) Certificate by the Ministry of Education for our contribution in strengthening the employability of our graduates in the ICT area.

23 October 2013

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has granted maximum exemption for Tunku Abdul Rahman University College's Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Bachelor of Accounting (Honours) programmes. Tunku Abdul Rahman University College now is also the only institution in the world approved by ACCA to run the Internally Assessed ACCA Fundamentals (Skills Module) programme.

2 May 2013

TAR College has been upgraded to University College which will allow the institution to offer undergraduate degree programmes leading to the awarding of Bachelor degrees. With the upgrading, the College will thereafter be renamed as Tunku Abdul Rahman University College.

The upgrading was approved in the cabinet meeting on 5 December 2012. The Certificate of Registration was presented to the College in the launch ceremony held on 2 May 2013 which was graced by Yang Berbahagia Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, Chairman of the TAR College Council. With the certification of registration, the College will now officially operate as a University College.

21 September 2012

TARCian Alumni Association Appreciation Nite Dinner was held on 21 st of September 2012 and graced by the Guest-of-Honour, YAB Dato Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia. In total, a congregation of about 3,000 TAR College fraternity attended the dinner, relishing the moment of meeting up with friends and lecturers.

11 September 2012

TARC is awarded one of The Most Engaged Institution of Higher Learning - Industry Academia Collaboration 2012 in the KDI appreciation award day organized by Knowledge Workers Development Centre (KDC) of MDeC in conjunction with the launch of the KDC new building.

26 July 2012

Mr Teng Ngiek Lian, an alumnus of TAR College set up the YS Chong SBS Fund to provide financial support to deserving students of the School of Business Studies ('SBS') and the Fund was officially launched by YB Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, the Council Member of TAR College, at the College Hall, KL Main Campus on 26 July 2012.

June 2012

On 27 June 2012 during the launching of the Innovating Malaysia Tour 2012, the Prime Minister, YAB Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, announced that 74 TAR College Diploma and Advanced Diploma programmes were granted retrospective recognition which will enable the graduates of the programmes to work in the public sector and eligible to apply for further studies in public universities.

May 2012

TAR College strengthens itself as an IT Powerhouse with MyUniAlliance-SAP programme which will enable students from relevant programmes of study to undergo SAP training as part of their academic curriculum.

April 2012

TAR College and University of East London (UEL) signed a Memorandum of Co-operation which will enable TAR College students studying mass communications and fashion design programmes to pursue relevant undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in UEL.

April 2012

OSK Investment Bank and TAR College officially opened the OSK Investment Bank - Investment Education Room in Cyber Centre. The establishment of the room was made possible with the win by TAR College students in the 2011 OSK Investment Challenge Competition.

March 2012

TAR College signed MoU with National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences (KUAS) enabling TAR College students from School of Technology to proceed to KUAS to pursue their Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, as well as Mold and Die Engineering, upon completion of selected Diploma programmes.

February 2012

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) set-up regional office at TAR College Main Campus in Kuala Lumpur. TAR College also signed MoU on offering two new SHU programmes - Masters of Science in Cost and Project Management, and Project Management.

November 2011

TAR College signed an MoU with Leonard Personality Incorporated Sdn Bhd (LPI). The MoU allows both parties to embark on joint projects involving international collaborative research, share expertise and joint development of research leadership psychology and personality profiling.
September 2011

TAR College signed an MoU with Financial Planning Association of Malaysia (FPAM) to officiate the appointment as FPAM s Approved Education Provider to provide Certified Financial Planner Certification ( CFP ) programme to the College students and alumni. TAR College students are exempted 3 modules out of 6 in the CFP programme.

September 2011

TAR College paid tribute to the founding fathers; the late Tun Tan Siew Sin and the late Tan Sri Khaw Kai Boh by naming the new administrative building and Block A after the respective founders.

The historical event for TARC was launched by YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting. Bangunan Tun Tan Siew Sin and Bangunan Tan Sri Khaw Kai Boh are the two iconic buildings in the campus landscape. The establishment of new TARC gallery depicts the history, milestone and achievements of the College for more than four decades.

August 2011

TAR College signed a MoU with Khind-Mistral Industries Sdn. Bhd., which benefit TARC students and staff specifically from the School of Technology (SOT) and the experts of Khind-Mistral Industries in the areas of R&D projects related to applied research and consultancy such as designing, prototyping, manufacturing process and also human capital development and training.

July 2011

TAR College signed MoU with IBM and jointly launched the IBM Center of Excellence which would help to train students in IBM software technology as well as to gain the professional IBM certification. It is part of IBM Academic Initiative project which aims to develop knowledge and skills of IT personnel and students.

July 2011

TAR College signed MoU with Birmingham City University (BCU) which offers wider choices of course for Advanced Diploma in Commerce programme.

Under the Progression Agreement, the students who successfully complete all designated modules in the Executive Development Programme (EDP) at TARC will be considered for progression into the Postgraduate Diploma Stage of the MSc Accountancy and Finance (CIMA Pathway) at Birmingham City University, UK.

June 2011

The late Tun Tan Siew Sin s family contributed RM2 million to set up the TARC-Tun Tan Siew Sin Student Loan Fund.

June 2011

TAR College signed MOA with University College Birmingham (UCB), UK which leads to a flexible pathway for students to pursue Bachelor and Master Degree in UCB.

April 2011

TAR College launched the pioneer Metaverse laboratory in Malaysia to focus on the research & development of interactive virtual 3D online environment. TAR College also signed a MoU with pioneer and cutting edge partner, Innotech 360 Sdn Bhd to collaborate on Metaverse research and development projects.

April 2011

TAR College signed a MoU with National Instruments (NI), garnering RM 1.8 million worth of sponsorship in NI s Labview software.

This partnership also building platforms for students and staff, specifically from the School of Arts & Science (SAS), and the experts of NI to mutually share the latest technologies and experiences in virtual instrumentation applications for test, control and design areas through collaborations in research & development, workshops, seminars, training sessions and projects.

February 2011

TAR College continues to excel in Professional Accountancy Education with ACCA Platinum Status. The Award is the highest level of accreditation from ACCA to universities and colleges globally under the ACCA s Approved Learning Partners - student tuition programme.

January 2011

TAR College students were awarded with the coveted KPMG Education Trust Fund Loans based on their high performances.


The 6-storeys administration building was completed in 2010. The building is part and parcel of the ongoing developments in the master plan to improve the College facilities and services. It houses an auditorium and exhibition hall, besides being the administrative nerve-centre.

October 2010

TAR College organised its bi-annual International Conference on Learning & Teaching which was attended by 300 people from United Kingdom, Unites State of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, South Africa and Bahrain.

The conference served as a platform to promote collaboration, discussion and sharing knowledge on latest methodologies in teaching and assessment as well as impact of technology in higher education landscape.

October 2010

TAR College Advanced Diploma in Mass Communication (Public Relations) students initiated Green campaign which is ECOnnect , a phone-recycling-cum-environmental awareness campaign. It has led to a MoU signing and sponsorship agreement with Nokia. The success of ECOnnect has prompted Nokia to place eight units of mobile-phone recycling bins in the college to collect, properly manage and disposal of used phones and accessories.

July - August 2010

YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, TAR College Chairman, Dr Tan Chik Heok, College Principal and Mr Chan Kum Wing, College Vice-Principal visited the UK universities to embark on strategic partnerships and to establish links with UK educational institutions.

June 2010

TAR College collaborates with KPMG to offer KPMG Soft Skills Development Programme with the tagline of Best Educate Success Talent to mould the Advanced Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting) students to be well-rounded and positive minded individuals.

June 2010

TAR College signed an MOA with the Malaysian Financial Planning Council (MFPC) remarked as an education provider of MFPC; offering the Registered Financial Planner (RFP) and the Shariah Registered Financial Planner programmes to students.

March 2010

TAR College participated in the International Science Education Development Project (SED) Project launched by University of Exeter s Graduate School of Education. The College has been selected as one of the collaborative partners in the ? 1 million project to address the issue of gender and cultural diversity in science education for young people.

March 2010

TAR College has collaborated with its UK academic partner, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) on technical support and expertise for its first research centre, called the Advanced Engineering Research Centre (AERC). The objective is to become a centre of excellence in Malaysia for innovation, teaching, research and application of advanced engineering concepts in the industry.

March 2010

TAR College signed a MoU with DL Consultancy, the authorised distributor for BPP Learning Materials on the ACCA programmes. This partnership brings the wealth of expertise, training and revision kits to enhance the learning and teaching of ACCA programme.

March 2010

TAR College signed a MoU with AXP Solutions Sdn Bhd, an established IT company to incorporate the IT based auditing software, Audit Express (AE) into the College accounting curriculum.

January 2010

TAR College won the BrandLaureate SMEs Chapter Awards 2009. The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation has awarded the College with the coveted award in Corporate Branding - Best Brands in Education- College category.

Master Plan for New Infrastructure - A New Administration Building

The 6- storey administration building, targeted to be completed by June 2010 is part and parcel of the ongoing developments in the master plan to improve the College facilities and services.

It will house an auditorium and an exhibition hall, besides being the administrative nerve- centre.

Dec 2009 - MoU between TAR College and Canon

TAR College signed a MoU with Canon Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd on additional benefits for the recipients of the Canon-Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman (KTAR) Education Fund, whereby the graduates would enjoy priority in job applications at Canon Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd.

Nov 2009 - Soft Launch of the Cyber Centre: Communication & Technology Centre (CITC) at the KL Main Campus

The Cyber Centre with a built-up area of 100,000 square feet provides an ideal environment to facilitate innovative ICT practices and applications and to nurture the creativity of individuals and the College as a whole.

Nov 2009

MoU Signing Ceremony between TAR College and IME Trading Sdn Bhd on Academia-Industrial Research Collaboration.

Oct 2009

MoU Signing Ceremony between NCL Solutions and TAR College on SUSE Linux Innovation Club Evangelist (SLICE) Linkage and Collaboration, thereby enabling College students to be in the domain of SUSE Linux members club, to be eligible for various competitions and internships for more practical exposure and dynamic learning.

Sep 2009

TAR College won the Best NATP (Novell Academic Training Partner) 2009 Award which was presented at the NATP Summit.

Aug 2009

TAR College signed a MoU with the International Centre of Cake Artistry (ICCA). The MoU marks the beginning of a strategic relationship between TAR College ad ICCA on cake-baking and certification course under the Wilton School of Cake Decorating, USA and Squires Kitchen, UK.

Aug 2009

A Book Loan Scheme, the first of its kind in the College in terms of book loan assistance to College students, was made possible through the contribution of RM 75,000 from Madam Tan Siok Choo, daughter of the Founder and first President of TAR College, the late YABhg Tun Tan Siew Sin.

May 2009

TAR College has entered into an academia-industry collaboration with Gamuda Bhd to conduct a trainee Quantity Surveyors programme. An MoA was signed on 30 March 2009 whereby TAR College conducts a part-time Diploma in Technology (Quantity Surveying) programme to train trainee quantity surveyors for Gamuda Bhd.

May 2009

YBhg Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman of Resorts World Bhd presented a RM 1million cheque for the TARC-Tan Sri (Dr.) Lim Goh Tong Student Loan Fund, a fund established in memory of his late father.

Mar 2009 - TARC 40th Anniversary Celebrations - Marking 40 Years of Excellence

YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Chairman of College Council officiated the 40th Anniversary Logo with a Pictorial Exhibition on Open Day.

Nov 2008

This visit by the ICSA International President and Chief Executives recognises TAR College as a key institutional stakeholder that has consistently achieved excellent performance in ICSA examination and also the largest education provider of Malaysia s much needed pool of company secretaries.

Aug 2008

TAR College hosted the inaugural International Conference on Learning and Teaching at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel.

Aug 2007

TAR College was awarded the Platinum Status, the highest level of accreditation from ACCA. The College also celebrated 20 years of excellence as an ACCA Approved Partner offering Internally Assessed programme since 1987. TAR College is the only institution outside of UK and Ireland to be accorded this special privilege to conduct the ACCA Internally Assessed programme and remain so to this day.

Dec 2005

YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Chairman of College Council, who is also a College alumnus donated funds to set up the TARC-Toh Kim Eng Student Loan Fund in memory of his late mother.


The Sports Complex comprises three rooftop tennis courts, six badminton courts, four volleyball courts, a basketball court, a netball court and two multi-purpose halls.

Aug 2005

Mr Allen Blewitt, Chief Executive of ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), presented the ACCA Premier Plus Status Award to Ms Yoong Lai Thye, Principal of TAR College.


Completion of six large lecture theatres, each with a seating capacity of 350 students.

Dec 2004

The launching of the College Motto We Serve, We Lead, We Excel during a Staff Dinner by YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Chairman of College Council and Ms Yoong Lai Thye, College Principal.

The Motto is to inculcate a set of work values in the staff on commitment to bringing quality education to all Malaysians, cultivating self-disciplines and exemplary actions in working as a team for desired achievements.

Dec 2004

The Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA) awarded maximum exemption that is normally accorded to the relevant (Honours) degree qualifications of universities to TAR College Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Business Management) graduates.

Nov 2004

YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Chairman of College Council and President of MCA launched the Lifelong Learning Programme at Wisma MCA, KL.

Jul 2004

YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Chairman of College Council officiated the 35th Anniversary Carnival.

May 2003

YABhg Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, the Deputy Prime Minister officiated the Perak purpose-built campus.


TAR College developed a collaborative partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to facilitate the LJMU honours degree for the College Advanced Diploma graduates to pursue a one-semester honours degree conversion programme at LJMU.

Aug 2002

Based on TAR College 33 years of successful track record, the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) extended an invitation to MCA to form a university. A working team comprising TAR College staff prepared the working papers for the formation of the university, named as Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).


Rumah Tetamu comprises 20 single and 11 twin sharing rooms. The fully furnished rooms are air-conditioned with attached bathroom and internet access.


The Clubhouse and Block W which houses the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education.

Dec 1999

The Centre for Continuing & Professional Education (CPE) officially established to provide continuing professional education and lifelong learning opportunities to College staff, alumni and the public.

Aug 1999

The College held its Alumni Homecoming on a grand scale for its 30th Anniversary. It attracted 600 alumni and their families.

Jul 1999

The Johor Branch Campus was officially launched by YAB Dato Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Minister of Education.

Jun 1999

TAR College Penang purpose-built Campus at Tanjong Bungah was officially launched by YABhg Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, the Deputy Prime Minister.


With the validation of the College Advanced Diploma programmes by Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), UK, the College Advanced Diploma graduates were accepted by SHU to complete a one-semester honours conversion programme for the award of relevant honours bachelor degree by SHU.

This strategic partnership has spanned more than 10 years with a total number of 5,209 TAR College students enrolled on the Summer Semester Programme by June 2009.

May 1998

Completion of 10 blocks of 5-storey hostels with 1,000 rooms under a Built-Operate-and-Transfer (B.O.T) basis.

Jan 1998

Commencement of the Perak Branch Campus in Kampar.

Nov 1997

A TAR College Scholarship scheme was introduced.

Oct 1997

YABhg Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik received a cheque in conjunction with the 7-day Motorthon fund-raising project for the Perak and Johor Branch Campuses.

Apr 1996

The Clubhouse comprises two meeting rooms, a multi-purpose hall, two squash courts, a gymnasium, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a learner s pool and a poolside cafeteria.


Completion of College hall with a capacity of 2,000.

Sept 1995

The Main Campus Library moved into a new building. The Library was installed with a new library management system, the Virginia Tech Library Sysatem (VTLS).

Nov 1992

YABhg Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik launched the nationwide TAR College Torch Run in the Main Campus. The run was organised by MCA Youth and the Federation of TAR College Alumni Associations.

Oct 1992

YABhg Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik flagged off a Walkathon in the Main Campus, Kuala Lumpur.

Jun 1992

A Taxithon was held where 3,000 taxi drivers from 21 associations and companies took part in the fund-raising.

24 February 1989 - 20th Anniversary Celebration

Our 20th Anniversary celebration included Pesta, fashion and cultural shows, lion dance performances and an academic exhibition. The Campus was opened to the public to view the College facilities.

Feb 1982

The College held its first Convocation Ceremony at Wisma MCA, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.


Commencement of the construction of the Phase 2 building project on the Kuala Lumpur Main Campus which comprised a tutorial block, workshops, a student centre and a canteen. The expansion was necessary to meet the increasing demand for places of study at the College.

The student enrolment in 1980 stood at 6,272, a ninefold increase since the inception of the College in 1969.

May 1979

The College Council approved the establishment of an institutional tripartite linkage between TAR College, Campbell University, North Carolina, USA and Ulster Polytechnic, Northern Ireland, UK. Under the Tripartite Association, a Centre for Arts and Science was established under the School of Arts and Science of TAR College to administer the Bachelor of Science (BS), Campbell University degree programme.

Feb 1979 - Reaching the 10th Anniversary Mark

The 10th Anniversary celebration graced by Y T M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj and YABhg Tun Tan Siew Sin.

Jan 1979

A walkathon was held to raise funds for the TAR College Student Loan Fund.

Jan 1977

Completion of the phase 1 College Complex in Kuala Lumpur.

Jan 1975

Three British experts, Prof W. D. Ryan, Department of Electronics, Queen s University of Belfast, Prof F. D. Hales, Department of Surface Transport and Dr G. G. Lucas, Department of Transport Technology, both of Loughborough University of Technology, UK inspected the building site at the Main Campus, Kuala Lumpur.

Together with the assistance of the British Council and the Council for Technical Education and Training for Overseas Countries, British academics including these three experts advised on the College new courses and curriculum development.

By 1976, the College became one of the first institutions of higher learning in the country to offer professional, sub-professional and technical courses.

May 1974

The first batch of students under the School of Arts and Science for the BSc (External) University of London Examinations. TAR College phased out the University of London course by 1980, after the University of London terminated its BSc (Honours) External Degree worldwide. A total of 296 students from TAR College had graduated from this programme.

Aug 1973

Y T M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, planting a tree to commemorate the ground breaking ceremony for the permanent campus of the College in KL.

Feb 1973

A 191acres of land in Setapak, KL was approved by the Government for the construction of the TAR College Main Campus.

Sep 1972 - College Establishment Day

YABhg Tun Hussein Onn, Minister of Education handed the Instrument of Government to YABhg Tun Tan Siew Sin, President of the College at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur. This instrument provided the legal framework for the administration of the College.

June 1972

Establishment of the School of Technology and School of Arts and Science.

June 1972

Establishment of the Extra-Mural Studies Department (EMSD).

April 1971

Establishment of the School of Business Studies, where the Diploma in Commerce students were prepared simultaneously for the examinations of ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), UK. The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), UK. In 1978, the School introduced the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK examinations.

24 Feb 1969 - Foundation Day

The College commenced operations with the pioneer intake of 320 students at the School of Pre-University Studies.

Jul 1968

Press announcement on the establishment of TAR College by the Minister of Education, YBhg Tan Sri Mohamed Khir Johari in the presence of YBhg Tan Sri Khaw Kai-Boh, Chairman of the Working Team and committee members.

The Prime Minister, Y T M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, graciously assented to the College being named after him.

Mar 1968

YABhg Tun Tan Siew Sin, the President of MCA proposed the establishment of Tunku Abdul Rahman College in the MCA General Assembly.

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