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TARUC’s innovative pathway towards education excellence

23rd May, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: Since its establishment in 1969, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) has carved a reputation for its academic excellence and holistic education that is well-recognised by industry and academia.

Over the past 48 years, TARUC has educated more than 180,000 graduates who have gone on to become professionals, captains of industries, national leaders and successful entrepreneurs in Malaysia and around the world.

Such respectable track record is correlated with TARUC’s innovative pathway that has been refined along with the changes in the market and industry needs to ensure that the education that students receive at TARUC will shape them to be tomorrow’s leaders.

At TARUC, we ensure that school leavers are well-prepared for the industry or academia right from the point they join TARUC until they complete their tertiary education.

Therefore, the academic pathway in TARUC is structured in such a way that equips the students with all the necessary skills and knowledge for them to seamlessly join the industry or to assume higher studies at postgraduate level.

After SPM, there are two pathways for school leavers to choose from depending on the students’ career aspiration and ambition.

School leavers who prefer to prepare themselves academically for undergraduate studies may start with pre-university programme.

At TARUC, we provide foundation as well as A Level which are pre-university programmes to give school leavers a solid grounding to advance to undergraduate studies.

TARUC’s foundation programme is an intensive one year programme that aims to prepare students to progress seamlessly onto TARUC’s bachelor degree programmes.

Meanwhile, A Level is a 1.5 year pre-university programme that builds a strong foundation for students to advance to bachelor degree programmes either in TARUC or many other universities worldwide.

Upon completion of either TARUC’s foundation or A Level programme, students can proceed to enter Year 1 of TARUC’s three-year or four-year bachelor degree programme subject to meeting the minimum entry requirement. There are close to 50 bachelor degree programmes being offered by TARUC for students to choose from and they are highly regarded by industries for their academic rigour and high standards.

Another pathway is through TARUC’s diploma programmes for school leavers who have a clear direction as to what they want to pursue in their career. At TARUC, we offer more than 50 specialised diploma programmes delivered by four faculties namely the faculty of applied sciences and computing, faculty of accountancy, finance and business, faculty of engineering and built environment and faculty of social science, arts and humanities.

The duration of the diploma programmes ranges from two years to 2.5 years. Upon completion of the diploma programme, students will be given credit transfer which will enable them to enter Year Two of the corresponding bachelor degree programme subject to meeting the minimum entry requirement, thereby shortening the duration for them to complete their bachelor degree programme at TARUC.

The diploma and bachelor degree programmes are highly intensive that aim to develop critical skills required by the industries and they are also accredited by many global and local professional bodies, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM), the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Malaysia (BOVAEA) and many others.

Meanwhile, school leavers with STPM/UEC qualifications have the advantage of proceeding directly to Year One of the bachelor degree programme in TARUC subject to meeting the minimum entry requirements of the programme. This is a pathway for STPM and UEC school leavers to pursue their tertiary education at TARUC and they are equivalent to pre-university qualifications that qualify them for entry into undergraduate studies.

To further enhance the academic pathway of TARUC, we offer dual award arrangement to a number of bachelor degree programmes with our partner universities such as Campbell University, USA as well as Coventry University and Sheffield Hallam University, both of which are based in the UK.

The dual award offers students an invaluable overseas learning experience to expose them to global trends, foster cross-cultural perspectives and an added advantage in increasing their local and global employability with an additional globally recognised qualification.

With the dual award arrangement, students would be able to obtain two bachelor’s degrees, one from TARUC and the other from the partner university either by completing the programme wholly in TARUC or spending one semester at the partner university overseas.

TARUC now also offers postgraduate programmes for students who would like to pursue higher studies after obtaining their bachelor’s degree.

Currently, TARUC is offering Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in the areas of life sciences and physical science.

The MBA is a taught master’s programme that is designed to develop business leaders of tomorrow. Developed on the back of TARUC’s excellent track record in business education, the MBA programme curriculum is highly industry-relevant that trains students to acquire critical skills to excel in today’s competitive business world. Meanwhile, the two Master of Science programmes are research-based that provide an avenue for students to be involved in groundbreaking research projects.

TARUC will be offering more master’s and doctorate programmes in the near future to cater to the growing needs for postgraduate education.

For more detailed information about TARUC’s pathways and dual award arrangement, please visit its Kuala Lumpur main campus and branches in Penang, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Sabah (088-718 481, 718 482) to enquire. Alternatively, do visit our website at www.tarc.edu.my to find out more.

Attractive scholarships are also available at TARUC for qualified students on the basis of academic merit. – PR

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