I am pleased to welcome our new students to UTAR. As a University by the people, for the people, UTAR has always been a University with a solid foundation, a strong sense of community spirit and a reputation for academic and research excellence. With a scenic campus in Kampar and a purpose-built campus in Sungai Long, UTAR has a growing regional presence and an expanding international profile with over 460 international partners, more than 100 external examiners and more than 120 industry advisors for our academic programmes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed university learning to include online teaching and learning, and I believe this itself is also educational because additional skills are required to follow online learning and assessments. More concerted efforts have to be taken for time management while learning from home. Nevertheless, you will get to experience university life over the next few years and to make new friends. I hope that the experiences gained will add to your growing perspective of life, enhance your personality, and help you gain valuable life lessons.
UTAR has been making impressive strides in establishing a strong reputation as a University providing affordable quality education. The University has consistently attained awards for its efforts towards research, educational excellence and community projects. UTAR retained its #501-600 ranking for the fourth time since 2018 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021. In addition, UTAR maintained its Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021 with a ranking of #201–300 overall for the second year, and is also ranked 74th (Top 100) out of the 966 institutions listed in the SDG 4: Quality Education table. UTAR is ranked #157 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings 2021, and ranked #251-300 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.
With such recognition accorded to the University, I hope that the same spirit of achievement and success will be shared by all students to adopt a positive attitude in learning and to strive for accomplishments that will make you better persons. Learning is a pervasive life-long process and working hard to attain your goals is essential for progress. The passion to explore, discover and acquire new knowledge should be the way to remain competitive in the cyber age of the 21st century.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has been following the Standard Operating Procedures and the guidelines from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher Education with proper physical distancing, temperature monitoring and the wearing of face masks while on campus. This is the new norm for everyone on campus and we look forward to your cooperation to ensure that the procedures for health and safety are followed.
We welcome our new students and we look forward to your commitment and participation in your programme of study. An exciting journey awaits you. Do your best to make it a memorable and successful one.
Ir Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat
President / CEO
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman