April 2017
 
Both YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai (right) and YB En Khairy Jamaluddin Bin Abu Bakar on stage having an interactive session with TAR UC students.


YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai (left) and YB En Khairy Jamaluddin Bin Abu Bakar putting their signatures on the cardboard cut-outs of themselves during the launch gambit.


A Sports and Exercise Science student talking about unfair treatment in sports.


A student airing his views about the efficiency of public transportation in the country.


A group photograph of the participants at the TN50 dialogue session after it ended.
27 April 2017
 
Dialogue with the Students on TN 50
 

TAR UC students had the privilege to have an interactive dialogue session with two ministers, namely YB En Khairy Jamaluddin Bin Abu Bakar, Minister of Youth and Sports and YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Minister of Transport, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of TARC Education Foundation and Board of Governors of TAR UC, on Transformasi Nasional 2050 or TN50 in short on 17 April 2017. Held at the Sports Complex of TAR UC Kuala Lumpur Main Campus, the event saw more than 1,000 TAR UC students present together with their lecturers and TAR UC staff as well. The session was part of the nationwide tour to provide a platform for the youth to voice out their aspirations on what they would want Malaysia to be in 2050.

The dialogue started with a speech by YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai where he spoke about the technological advancement that has taken place over the years and that all Malaysians should embrace change as it is the only constant in this world. He elaborated on the catalytic effect of efficient public transportation in Klang Valley as an example. “With the MRT, LRT, Monorail and Kommuter trains becoming fully operational, it will be a catalyst for growth in greater Kuala Lumpur, forming part of the transformation agenda for economic growth. This will reduce pollution, increase efficiency by reducing traffic congestion, encourage high growth and low carbon footprint and connect people. In addition, Pan Borneo Highway and East Coast Rail Line (‘ECRL’) will also make a lot of difference. ”

“Besides that, Malaysia is also moving into the digital economy. Jack Ma will be bringing in 16 logistics companies to invest in Malaysia. There are all kinds of transformation taking place in Malaysia and we need more talents to develop the nation,” he said.

YB En Khairy Jamaluddin Bin Abu Bakar, on the other hand, spoke at length about why the country needs to have the TN 50. “We have always had a long-term vision, starting from back in 1971, when the government formulated policy to eradicate poverty and then in 1991, there was the vision 2020. We continue to have aspirations into the future.”

“The TN 50 is a bottom-up approach to not only listen to the aspirations of the young people today but also to take that into account of what  has been said and implement what needs to be done for the future of the country. Fast forward over 30 years, there will be many issues to look into such as aging population, cyber-attacks, adaptive education, advancement in robotics which will affect job security as many jobs will be performed by robots, scarce resources, renewable energy, and smart cities. These are some of the megatrends that we are looking into,” he added. 

After the introductory speeches, many students shared their thoughts, opinions and aspirations. There was a boy who hailed from East Malaysia spoke about how he hopes that Sabah and Sarawak can be developed to be as modern as Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya. Another student, who is a Malay girl talked about how she feels proud to be studying in TAR UC and how she thinks that it is important not to stick to one culture, one perspective and one race. One particular aspiration that resonated with most of the students was on racial unity and the need to be identified as ‘Malaysian’ rather than be defined by one’s race.

Before the session ended, YB En Khairy Jamaluddin wrapped it up by saying that the dialogue at TAR UC was one that was insightful and critical and that the feedback would be addressed at national level.

 

 
Yu Hang Jie (left) receiving his EGPC 2016 Distinction Prize from Mr Calvin Chee (right), Vice President, Enterprise Application Development and Integration, Genting Malaysia.


Tan Ngiap Jun (left) receiving his EGPC 2016 Merit Prize from Ms Heng Wei Peng (right), Assistant Vice President, Finance, Genting Malaysia.


Voon Chi Cheng (left) posing proudly with his EGPC 2016 Merit Prize together with Ms Heng Wei Peng (right).


Yee Jian Lam (left) beaming with pride of his EGPC 2016 Merit Prize in the presence of Ms Heng Wei Peng (right).


Ching Richard (left) being awarded the EGBH 2016 Merit Prize from Ms Heng Wei Peng (right).


Koh Ping Weng (left) receiving his EGBH 2016 Merit Prize with delight from Ms Heng Wei Peng (right).


Kok Yong Shun (left) receiving his EGBH 2016 Merit Prize from Ms Heng Wei Peng (right)


25 April 2017
 
TAR UC Scores Huge Wins in E-Genting Competition 2016
 

Since 2010, TAR UC students have been winning prizes in the E-Genting Competition and the latest win in the said competition in 2016 marks the 7th time TAR UC students emerged as winners.  The recent win saw one student being awarded the distinction prize and as many as six other students won Merit Prizes. The students received their prizes at the E-Genting Prize Presentation Ceremony which was held on 14 January 2017.

The E-Genting Competition 2016 was divided into two areas; one being the E-Genting Programming Competition (‘EGPC’) 2016 and the other was the E-Genting Bug Hunt (‘EGBH’) 2016. Yu Hang Jie who is studying the Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) in Software Systems Development won the distinction prize which included a cash prize of RM500 and certificate of achievement while another three students took home the Merit Prizes and certificates of achievements. The Merit Prize winners were Tan Ngiap Jun, a Diploma in Science (Information Systems Engineering) student, Voon Chi Cheng and Yee Jian Lam, both studying the Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) in Software Systems Development. The Merit Prize winners won for themselves cash prize of RM200 each and certificates. Close to 160 participants comprising undergraduates and working adults competed in the EGPC 2016.

As for the EGBH 2016, the three students from TAR UC who competed against more than 60 other participants and won Merit Prizes were Ching Richard and Koh Ping Weng who are studying the Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) in Software Systems Development and Kok Yong Shun who is a Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) in Software Engineering student. The students each won for themselves cash prize of RM200 and a certificate.

 

 
Dr Lim Jong Shiaw (second from right) presenting a cheque to Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (extreme right), President of TAR UC and accompanied by Ms Wee Fooi Koon (second from left), Director of the Department of Corporate Communication and Marketing (CCM) and Ms Ong Wen Meng (extreme left), Manager of CCM.


13 April 2017
 
TAR UC Alumnus Gives Back to his Alma Mater
 

Dr Lim Jong Shiaw is no stranger to TAR UC. An alumnus of the School of Pre-University Studies in the then TAR College, he has returned to his alma mater several times to pay a visit and every time he visits, he will make a monetary contribution.

Being a dentist in New York for more than 20 years, Dr Lim has seen and experienced a lot. To him if everybody were to contribute a little, it would amount to a lot. “What you give back to your alma mater serves to benefit the students”, he said.

Dr Lim himself was a recipient of scholarships and bursaries throughout his academic years. After TAR UC, he continued his studies in Taiwan for his Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry and then later at New York University College of Dentistry to become a Doctor of Dental Surgery.

As he felt that TAR UC had changed his life, he also wished to pay it forward by helping others to gain the education that he had received at TAR UC. On what the young people should do to excel in their lives, Dr Lim opined that they needed to be goal-oriented and stay connected with the happenings in the world as ignorance has no place in today’s globalised society. “My only advice to young people today is to have a goal, aim for your goal and execute your plans or you will never get it. Go out into the world, take a look at what’s happening around you and do not be like a ‘katak dibawah tempurung’.

 

 
All the winners from TAR UC with the plaque and certificates of the win together with Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (seventh from left), President of TAR UC, Assoc Prof Dr Loke Chui Fung (third from left), Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Computing ('FASC') and academic staff from FASC.


Jonathan Phang Kah Wai (centre), posing proudly with the certificate of his win in the presence of Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (rightmost) and Dr Tang Pei Ling (leftmost), Senior Lecturer, Department of BioScience and Sport Science.


Fit Mee in its attractive packaging which the students design themselves.




13 April 2017
 
TAR UC Team is Top in MIFT 10th National Food Science and Technology Competition
 

11 TAR UC's Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Food Science students recently made a name for themselves at the Malaysian Institute of Food Technology ('MIFT') 10th National Food Science and Technology Competition reinforcing the efficacy of TAR UC's professionally driven, industry-relevant and entrepreneurship-focused education. The final stage of the competition took place on 17-18 March 2017 where the team from TAR UC comprising 10 students was named as the Champion in the Innovative Food Product Development category while another student took third place in the Oratory category. The competition attracted more than 360 participants from 12 institutions of higher learning.

The 10 students who were named as the champion team are Teow Shuh Jun, Tan Iee Rou, Teh Kaili, Lee Wee Kee, Chu Kok Hua, Yan Bee Shin, Chan Wai Han, Beh Xin Ling, Chong Yi Ning and Hue Jia Wei. Their invention which won them the top spot as well as a hamper, plaque and certificates is called "Fit Mee", which is a microwavable noodle. The ingredients used to produce the noodles are from food waste which conforms to the theme of the competition that is the utilisation of sustainable food source. "We saw this competition as a great opportunity for us to use the knowledge and skills we have acquired from our study at TAR UC to produce a food item which is convenient, innovative, healthy and has commercial value. The time we had was only one and half months, which was quite limited considering the fact that we needed to develop a product from scratch. However, we successfully tackled this as we were able to work very efficiently as a team and this experience thought us a great deal about time management as well as maximising each other's strength as a team. It took a lot of research work, experiments and brainstorming sessions as well as extensive use of the food and science labs in campus to produce Fit Mee. We also put in a lot of thoughts on how to make Fit Mee commercially ready such as the way how the noodles are packed for consumers' convenience as well as to produce the designs of the packaging. Our lecturer was of great help in providing the necessary guidance, inputs and support which motivated us further to do our best in the competition," remarked Teow Shuh Jun who is the team leader of the group.

Meanwhile, Tan Iee Rou shared her thoughts on the factors that could have led to the team's victory in the competition. "After the Q&A session which followed after our presentation of Fit Mee to the panel of judges, we were told by the judges that our presentation was very satisfactory as we presented comprehensive data and information. Besides this, we were the only team that presented a complete business plan for Fit Mee as a commercially ready product and this I believe gave us a competitive advantage over the rest of the teams to win the top spot," she opined.

Jonathan Phang Kah Wai was another TAR UC student who took part in the Oratory category of the competition and won third place. Participants in this category were given all 10 topics of discussion 2 weeks prior to the competition as preparation, after which, on the day of the competition, participants were required to draw one of the 10 topics and present the topic to the judges in 10 minutes. Jonathan presented a topic on 'Misinformation about your product has gone viral on social media' where he illustrated different ways of using social media to tackle misrepresentation of product facts. His well-executed oratorical presentation won him a certificate.