It is my pleasure 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 400 international partners, more than 100 external examiners and more than 130 industry advisors for our academic programmes.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed university learning to include online teaching and learning, I believe this itself is also educational as additional skills are required to conduct online learning and assessments, and a more concerted effort has 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. Do treasure your time in the University and do stay focused to excel in both your studies and your communication skills.
With dedicated focus on achieving excellence in teaching and research, 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 educational excellence. UTAR retained its #501-600 ranking for the fourth time since 2017 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021. In addition to that, UTAR is ranked #119 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2020 and ranked #157 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings 2021. In the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings 2020, UTAR is ranked #251-300.
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 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