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Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC)

Tunku Abdul Rahman University College
previously the Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC)
Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (‘TAR UC’) was established in 1969 as TAR College with the focus of providing tertiary education opportunities for young Malaysians.

The College started with a single campus in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur which is now the Main Campus.
Today five branch campuses were established in Penang, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Sabah.

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6. Polytechnics
7.  Asia-Europe Institute
8. Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC)

TAR College – a story worth telling :


Tunku Abdul Rahman College Sabah Branch Campus

Lot 1, Ground Floor,
Pusat Dagangan Donggongon, Jalan Sapau,
89500 Penampang,

088-718 481
Fax No.: 088-718 486


Tunku Abdul Rahman College Sabah Branch Campus

1 Certificate In Business Studies (Business Administration) 63 Starting 19/01/2009
2 Certificate In Business Studies (Accounting) 63 Starting 19/01/2009
3 Certificate In Computer Studies 61 Starting 19/01/2009
4 Certificate in Hospitality Management (Hotel Management) 63 Starting 11/05/2012
5 Diploma In Business Studies (Marketing) 93 Starting 14/01/2009
6 Diploma In Science (Information Systems Engineering) 96 Starting 19/01/2009

Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC) Campuses
Six campuses located in six states across Malaysia:
1) Kuala Lumpur Main Campus
2) Penang Branch
3) Perak Branch
4) Johor Branch
5) Pahang Branch
6) Sabah Branch

Affordable Fees
UK Bachelor Honours Degree or a US Bachelor Degree through the TAR College Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications.
TAR College offers more than 120 courses through 5 Schools covering a wide range of disciplines.

1) School of Arts and Science
2) School of Business Studies
3) School of Technology
4) School of Social Science and Humanities
5) School of Pre-University Studies


Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC or KTAR) - A public institution of higher learning in Malaysia.
Close links with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), the college and the university are separate entities.
An institution founded by the Malaysian Chinese Association. Majority of the students in the college are of Chinese descent. There are no admission quotas and students came from other ethnic backgrounds.
TAR college operates with a 50% subsidy from the Malaysian Government for its recurrent and capital expenditure; the balance 50% is borne by the Trustees.

School of Business Studies
The School offers a wide range of business and finance disciplines covering functional and managerial aspects of the corporate world.
Graduates from the School of Business Studies are holding senior and top positions in various corporate entities both locally and abroad.
Since 1987, TAR College has been the only institution outside UK and Ireland with the privilege to conduct the ACCA Internally Assessed courses.
The School's courses innovatively articulates the professional curricula of :

1) The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA),
2) The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and
3) The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)

Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses.
Advanced Diploma students are simultaneously prepared to sit for the final stage examinations of ACCA, CIMA and ICSA. Students can complete the ACCA, CIMA and ICSA examinations simultaneously with the respective Advanced Diploma in Commerce courses. ACCA, CIMA and ICSA grant the maximum exemptions to the College's relevant Advanced Diploma that is consistent with that granted to a relevant Bachelor Honors Degree.

School of Arts and Science
The Diploma graduates of the School can progress to the first year of Advanced Diploma and the Junior Year of the Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree, Campbell University (USA) programme. The Advanced Diploma and the BS programmes are jointly conducted and students are simultaneously prepared for the examinations of TAR College and Campbell University. Students can graduate with both the TAR College Advanced Diploma as well as the BS Degree in 4 years after the completion of SPM (or 3 years after the completion of STPM).
Disciplines at the School of Arts and Science include: Chemistry & Biology, Information Systems Engineering, Business Information Systems, Computer Science, Microelectronics, Internet Technology Information Technology and Computer Technology Sport & Exercise Science and Interactive Software Technology

FOR THE PAST four decades, TAR College has proven itself to be an excellent choice for young aspiring accountants seeking an all-rounded education.  
It adopts a holistic education philosophy advocating a well-balanced educational offering that includes a strong academic grounding, practical learning, workshops and conferences, industrial attachment, and also mastering of soft skills, to prepare students well to face the challenges of the demanding business industry.  
Since its establishment in 1971, TAR College School of Business Studies, has carved a niche in professional education such as ACCA, CIMA and ICSA. The School articulates the professional curricula of these professional qualifications with its Diploma and Advanced . Diploma programmes in a Very innovative fashion by offering students a fast track to membership of these professional bodies.  
The programmes conducted at the College are industry-oriented and meeting professional standards whereby maximum exemptions and highest levels of accreditation have been granted to the respective professional programmes by the professional bodies. Its Advanced Diploma students are simultaneously prepared to sit for the final stage examinations of ACCA, CIMA and ICSA. Students can complete these professional qualifications simultaneously with the respective Advanced Diploma in Commerce programmes.  
TAR College has maintained a strategic partnership with the ACCA since the establishment of its School of Business Studies. TAR College is a Gold Approved Learning Partner of ACCA and the only institution outside the UK and Ireland accorded the privilege to conduct the ACCA Internally-Assessed programme since 1987. Such distinctive privilege shows that the College continuously met the rigorous evaluation criteria set by ACCA for this programme and it also testifies to the world-class standard that is consistently delivered by the College.
The College has garnered a great reputation for consistently producing high achievers who emerged ACCA subject prize winners, and even ACCA top affiliates. In 2008, TAR College Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Financial Accounting) cum ACCA graduates Cheah Sze Ling and Rebecca Chan Ling Ling made the College as well as their families and friends proud when they grabbed the first and second placing of the ACCA Malaysia Top Affiliates in the June 2008 ACCA examination.
They were ranked first in Malaysia and second in the world for ACCA professional level papers P4 and P5 respectively. Indeed, this is not their first time winning an ACCA subject prize as both of them also emerged top in Malaysia for a professional level paper in the December 2007 ACCA examination. In addition, another TAR College financial accounting graduate Chew Sze Wan also achieved the Joint First Placing in Malaysia for the P7 Advanced Audit and Assurance paper in the June 2009 examination.
TAR College shows that it has what it takes to produce students who are astute in knowledge of the industry and management skills, both important components of any business enterprise. In November last year, two teams of TAR College business studies students emerged the champion and first runner- up at the MIM-Ricoh National Management Game 2009. Being the only two student teams in the game, the TAR College teams defeated 22 other teams comprising working adults from various organizations in Malaysia to clinch the top two spots in the competition.
In the Deloitte Tax Challenge 2009, TAR College recorded the biggest win among other competitors by obtaining the championship title and two merit awards in the individual category, as well as clinching the first and second runner-up spots in the team category. On the investment front, its students won the second runner-up position in the PNB Investment Quiz 2009 held in the same month.
Tan Chia Woon, a first year Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Financial Accounting) student who is the reigning champion in the individual category of the Deloitte Tax Challenge said: "It was a wonderful learning experience for me and the competition made me realize that what I have been studying at TAR college is very applicable to the real world."
To find out more about the programmes offered by TAR College, you can visit TAR College's booths at the major education fairs held in Peninsular and East Malaysia. The college is also holding Open Day at all its campuses from Mar 12-28 (9.30 am to 5pm).
For more information TARC, please dial 03- 41450100/23 (KL Main Campus) or 088-718481/2 (Sabah branch campus), or visit

Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC) was established in 1969 by Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA).
The College is 50% subsidized by the Government for all its recurrent and capital expenditure. The other 50% is borne by the Trustees.
MCA aims to establish an institution of higher learning for young Malaysians who have been deprived of the opportunity to seek education, as well as to meet the rising demand from the private sector for trained professional and technical personnel .
The College started with the commencement of classes in the School of Pre-University Studies in 1969 and followed by the School of Business Studies in 1971. The earlier classes were conducted in the Technical Institute, Cheras and Day Training College, Jalan Kuantan. Due to its rapid expansion, new centers were set up in six secondary schools and Catholic High School, Petaling Jaya. On 19 July 1976, with the completion of the first phase of the College Campus in Kuala Lumpur, classes were moved to its own campus premises in Jalan Genting Kelang, Setapak.
From an initial intake of 764 students in 1969, the College today has a Main Campus and five Branch Campuses in Penang, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Sabah.
The College is one of the country’s major tertiary educational institutions with numerous modern teaching and support facilities. It has a strong tradition of professional and has established an international reputation for the high quality and wide range of courses offered.

TAR College has six campuses nationwide that cater to the educational needs of students who have completed secondary school. The campuses are: Kuala Lumpur Main Campus in Setapak, Penang Branch Campus in Tanjong Bungah, Perak Branch Campus in Kampar, Johor Branch Campus in Segamat, Pahang Branch Campus in Karak and Sabah Branch Campus in Donggongon. From an initial student enrolment of 764, the College currently has over 26.000 students studying in its campuses.
Academic Strengths
Courses in TAR College are conducted at the Advanced Diploma, Diploma, Certificate and Pre-University levels to provide flexibility for students to further their studies.
TAR College Diploma graduates can proceed to Advanced Diploma courses and to Year 2 of relevant Bachelor Degree courses in many universities on Advanced Standing/Credit Transfer.
The TAR College Advanced Diploma is widely accepted by many universities as being equivalent to a First Degree and many graduates have been accepted directly into Masters Degree programmes in local and overseas universities. Advanced Diploma graduates also have the added option to complete a 14- week honors degree conversion programme at either Sheffield Hallam University or Liverpool John Moores University in the UK and graduate with an honors degree,
Certificate courses are skill-based courses that prepare students for the workplace and also for those who wish to progress on to diploma courses.
With almost four decades of academic excellence, TAR College is one of the most popular institutions of higher learning in Malaysia with more than 130,000 students having passed through its doors. Today, many of these graduates are high achievers and leaders in various professions and industries, making significant contribution to the nation's development.

Disciplines at the School of Business Studies include: Financial Accounting, Business Management, Management Accounting, Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing, Retail Management. Banking & Finance. Human Resource Management, Finance & Investment, E-Commerce & Marketing, Business Economics. Management Information Systems, International Business and Logistics & Supply Chain Management,
School of Technology
Since its establishment in 1972, the School has produced many professional personnel for the construction industry in Malaysia. Many of them have carved a niche in the field of Quantity Surveying and are successful as builders locally and abroad. Its Advanced Diploma students in Engineering and Building have also been accepted by many universities to pursue Master's Degree programmes.
At the Advanced Diploma level, engineering students are simultaneously prepared to sit for the professional examinations of Engineering Council, UK, or BEM/IEM, Malaysia. The Diploma programme in Quantity Surveying is accredited by the Board of Quantity Surveyors, Malaysia. Holders of Advanced Diploma in Technology (Building) are fully exempted from the examinations of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), UK, and can obtain CIOB membership. Such level of exemption and accreditation by CIOB is normally awarded to Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degrees in the relevant field of study in universities in UK and overseas.
Disciplines at the School of Technology include: Building, Electronic Engineering, Materials & Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Mechatronics, Quantity Surveying, Telecommunications, Property Management Architecture and Apparel Manufacturing.
School of Social Science and Humanities
This School provides opportunities for students who are creative or service oriented. Graduates of the School ore well received by industries and highly regarded for career advancement,
Disciplines at the School of Social Science and Humanities include: Multimedia Design, Fashion Design, Advertising. Broadcast Communication, Graphic Design, Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations, Psychology, Hotel Management, Tourism and Foodservice.
School of Pre-University Studies
This School offers very affordable pre-university courses and students are taught by very experienced lecturers, The passing rates have been high and many students have gained entry into prestigious universities both locally and abroad.
Disciplines at the School of Pre-University Studies include; Cambridge A-Level (Science), Cambridge A-Level (Arts), STPM (Science) and STPM (Arts).
Academic Facilities and Resources
TAR College boasts of a comprehensive range of cutting-edge academic facilities to support its courses such as:
• Communication and Information Technology Centre which provides IT management and support to all TAR College campuses
• State-of-the-art broadcast studios incorporating the latest broadcasting technology and equipment
• The CAD Centre with facilities for the learning of Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) and Computer Aided Management
• Solid Works computer aided design (CAD) software for CAD training and certification, and the integrated Cosmos Finite Element Analysis software for engineering analysis and enhancing design capabilities
• Cisco Laboratories with the largest number of routers supporting the Cisco Industrial Certified Network Associate (CCNA) programme
• Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming and simulation software for CNC training in mould and product design
• Industry standard MICROS FIDELIO property- management software to produce more marketable Hospitality Management graduates
• MATLAB simulation software & toolboxes for modeling and design which is the standard in the academic and industry
• Fully-equipped science laboratories, modern engineering laboratories and workshops
• Tanner Tool layout design and verification tool for integrated circuit (1C) design
• Well equipped kitchens, food & beverage outlets, restaurants and bedrooms to support the training of Hospitality Management students
• College halls with excellent acoustic/visual system
• Well-stocked libraries with Internet access and e-books and journals
• 4 Olympic-sized swimming pools, Sports Complex, gymnasiums and various other sporting facilities that cater to sports such as soccer, tennis, squash, badminton, basketball, netball and volleyball
• 10 blocks of hostels with amenities such as cafeteria, convenience shops, ATM machines, broadband internet services and laundry machines
• 20 College buses which ply nearby housing areas for the convenience of students
Student Support Services and Student Development Activities
A wide range of co-curricular activities aiming at physical, social and personal development is available, The co-curricular programmes include sports, art of self-defense and cultural activities offered by more than 50 clubs and societies.
TAR College places high emphasis on personal development and offers services to students such as individual and group counselling, career guidance, job placement and various self-development workshops, The online Student Job Placement Services (SJPS) provides students and graduates with access to the database of potential employers for recruitment and internship opportunities. Six months after its set-up in October 2006, 306 companies have been added to the database and the list is growing rapidly
TAR College students are sent for industrial attachment with leading companies and organizations such as Intel, Panasonic R&D Centre (M) Sdn Bhd, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG, Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd, A Famosa Resort Hotel Sdn Bhd, Resorts World Berhad, Prudential Services Asia Sdn Bhd, Gamuda Berhad, Saatchi & Saatchi, and many others for them to gain valuable work experience while they are still studying.
Scholarship / Financial Aid
The College offers merit scholarships to students with 7As and above in their SPM examination or 3As and above in their STPM/ A-Level examination. Students can also apply for scholarships from the Star Education Fund,
Nanyang Tertiary Education Fund, professional bodies and large corporations.
The University of New South Wales Golden Jubilee Scholarships as well as scholarships and grants from large corporations and professional bodies such as Hong Leong Foundation, Kuok Foundation. ICI Industrial Chemicals, Chemical Company of Malaysia, ACCA, CIMA, and ICSA are awarded to outstanding students.
18 interest-free student loan schemes of the College are awarded to several hundred needy and deserving students each year. Students are also eligible to apply for loans and financial assistance from PTPTN, state governments and other organizations.

Recognition and Achievements
Since 2005, the College has been awarded the Premier Plus status which is the highest level of accreditation that ACCA awards to tuition providers under the University and College Registration Scheme (UCRS), Only the top 5% of the world's ACCA tuition providers have been given this privilege.
TAR College students have boosted the College's name through their outstanding achievements. Over the years, many of them have won prizes for their excellent performance in international professional examinations and emerged as winners in intervarsity competitions. TAR College graduates are very much sought after by employers with most of them gainfully employed within 6 months after their graduation due to the comprehensive education and training they have received at the College.


School of Arts & Science

1. Science (Chemistry & Biology)
2. Science (Information Systems Engineering)
3. Science (Business Information Systems)
4. Science (Computer Science & Statistics
5. Science (Computer Science & Management Mathematics)
6. Science (Computer Science & Computer Mathematics)
7. Science (Microelectronics & Physics)
8. Science (Microelectronics with Computer Communication)
9. Science (Microelectronics with Automatic Control)
10. Science (Internet Technology)

School of Business Studies

1. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK
2. The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), UK
3. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK

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