December 2016
 
A group photo of all the judges and the winners including Assoc. Prof. Dr Loke Chui Fung (front row standing: fifth from left) and Ms. Lim Mei Shyan (back row standing: second from right), Deputy Dean of FASC


Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok delivering his speech at the opening ceremony


Mr Henry Hwang Chong Sin delivering his opening address


One of the 10 selected students presenting her project during the pitching session


Brian Koh Ping Weng(right), Champion in the Innovation category receiving his gold medal from Assoc. Prof. Dr Loke Chui Fung(left)


Ng Yii Ching, Champion in the Poster category with her gold medal
30 December 2016
 
TAR UC Students’ Final Year Project Showcase
 

TAR UC’s students of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Computing (‘FASC’) had their very first Final Year Project (‘FYP’) Showcase on 14 December 2016. Going by the theme “Explore the Wonders of Applied Sciences & Computing”, a total of 35 posters were displayed at the concourse area of the ground floor and first floor of Tun Tan Siew Sin building, showcasing the various science or ICT-related projects of all final year students of the faculty. The event began with an opening ceremony at the Auditorium.

At the ceremony, Mr Henry Hwang Chong Sin, Organising Chairman of the event, delivered the opening address. He said that the FYP showcase served as a useful platform for students to demonstrate their projects. “I believe this showcase can motivate the students to continuously enhance their knowledge in research as well as in the development of new products and applications,” he added.

This was then followed by a speech by Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC. In his speech, Datuk Dr Tan encouraged the students to tailor their projects towards commercialisation. He highlighted that innovative students’ FYPs with high potential could be converted into business venture idea that could then be funneled into TARC Incubator where it has the potential of being further refined into a real business. “We hope to develop students who can form their own start-up companies and finally a successful business,” he said. “There are many investors nowadays looking for business ideas to develop and to invest in. So, this is a very good opportunity for the younger generation. I hope all our students will grab this opportunity,” he added.

Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok then officially launched the event accompanied by Assoc. Prof. Dr Loke Chui Fung, Dean of FASC. The event then proceeded with a tour of the project showcase area where all the students’ projects were individually evaluated by internal judges from TAR UC as well as external judges from the industry. An interesting pitching session followed whereby 10 selected students were required to present their projects in front of an audience which included the panel of internal and external judges. It was indeed a challenging yet fruitful time for the students as they practised pitching their ideas onstage with questions and constructive feedback from the judges.

The event then ended with a prize giving ceremony for the winners. Brian Koh Ping Weng, a Year 3 student of the Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) in Software Systems Development emerged as Champion in the Innovation category. He developed a computerised fund management system for TAR UC which could make fund withdrawal applications more efficient when compared to the current manual system. “The use of a computerised system can also reduce the use of resources, hence saving the environment,” he said. He came up with the system especially to help the leaders of student societies who usually have to go through a long, tedious process to withdraw funds for their respective societies.

Ng Yii Ching, a Year 3 student of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Bioscience with Chemistry, on the other hand, won first place in the Poster category. Her research project mainly aims to compare the anti-cancer properties between a normal ginger and Bentong ginger. “With the prevalence of cancer increasing in the last few decades, I am interested in finding natural products that can effectively cure the disease so as to reduce the use of chemotherapy and drugs which have various side effects,” she enthused.

 

 
(1) Group photo of TAR UC Creative Arts students & academics with Tan Sri’ Yong Poh Kon, Managing Director of Royal Selangor International Sdn Bhd & President of FMM, Ms Florance Gabriel, Organiser of FMM and Ms Penny Wong from FMM Women in Business Working Committee.

(2) Graphic Design students at the School of Hard Knocks in Royal Selangor Pewter International.

(3) Datin Paduka Chen Mun Kuen, Director of Royal Selangor Pewter, shares the history of pewter making.

(4) Mr Yong Yoon Li, Executive Director of Royal Selangor Pewter, giving a talk about the manufacturing production with TAR UC students.


(5) Group photo of TAR UC Creative Arts students & academics with Ms Michelle Oon, Executive Director of Tenmoku Pottery. (6) & (7) TAR UC students learning the art of pottery at Tenmoku workshop.



27 December 2016
 
Study Trip at Royal Selangor International & Tenmoku Pottery
 

On 17 November 2016, students from the Creative Arts programme were invited for a study trip to manufacturing companies organised by the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (‘FMM’) and Women in Business Working Committee (‘WIB’).

14 students from the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Graphic Design guided by Ms Tan Yarshi and Pn Nurulhuda Binti Zainudin, programme leaders from Graphic and Multimedia Design disciplines participated in the one-day tour to Royal Selangor International and Tenmoku Pottery manufacturing plants.

“The objective of the trip is to provide an insight to students about the manufacturing industry in Malaysia. This project is part of the FMM and WIB Corporate Social Responsibility (‘CSR’) initiative,” said Ms Florance Gabriel, Assistant Manager for Communications & Publications Unit of FMM.

The trip benefited TAR UC students as they were exposed to the pewter making processes at the Royal Selangor International, School of Hard Knocks. Insightful talk about the industry was shared with the students by Ms Penny Wong, FMM Women in Business Working Committee, and Mr Yong Yoon Li, Executive Director of Royal Selangor Pewter.

“This visit offers learning exposure as well as to draw students’ interest in pursuing a career within the manufacturing sector,”said Ms Penny Wong.

During the afternoon tour at Tenmoku Pottery, students tried their hand at pottery and attended a seminar conducted by Ms Michelle Oon, Executive Director of Tenmoku Pottery, where she talked about ceramic making process and the use of natural substance in art and craft.

 

 
Front row(from left to right) : Yong Seng Choy, Organising Chairman and General Manager of Eduspec Holdings Berhad, Kenneth Liew, Chief Operating Officer of Eduspec Holdings Berhad, Tan Teik Seong, President of Malaysian Conforming Secondary Schools Principal's Council, Lim Een Hong, CEO of Eduspec Holdings Berhad, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC, Hor Jun Hin, Deputy Chairman of National Union of Heads of Schools, Assoc Prof Dr Ng Swee Chin, Vice President of TAR UC and Lim Soon Seong, Executive Director of Eduspec Holdings Berhad together with other officials from Eduspec Holdings Berhad


The students battling it out at the competition


Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok delivering his welcome address at the event


Mr Lim Een Hong delivering his speech


The student participants testing their robot masterpieces


21 December 2016
 
Digital Campus International Robothon Competition 2016
 

Recognising the importance of developing a creative and innovative future generation in the era of digital economy, TAR UC has stepped up its efforts in increasing the interest in science and technology particularly among school students. Co-organising the Digital Campus International Robothon Competition 2016 together with Eduspec Holdings Berhad and Youth On Unity (Y.O.U) which was successfully held at TAR UC’s Sports Complex on 4 December 2016, was yet another effort by TAR UC to inculcate creativity and innovation among school students through science and technology in a fun yet educational platform.

The International Robothon is an annual robotics competition which challenges school students to apply creative problem-solving skills by designing, building, and programming robots that can execute multiple tasks as well as demonstrate solutions to problems that engineers face in the real world. A total of 426 students from primary and secondary schools across Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines participated in the event with encouraging support from their parents and teachers.

In his opening speech, Mr Lim Een Hong, CEO of Eduspec Holdings Berhad spoke of the necessary skills needed by the students in order to succeed in the competition. “To excel in this competition, students are required to simulate ground-breaking technologies to solve complex problems while collaborating with each other. Aside from coding skills, this competition enables students to engage in computational thinking as well,” he said. He also took the opportunity to thank TAR UC for hosting the event.

Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC, in his speech, shared some of the many achievements of TAR UC students in competitions related to science, engineering, information and communication technology as testament of TAR UC’s strength in the delivery of these programmes. He also strongly encouraged the student participants to focus on pursuing their studies in the fields of science, engineering or information and communication technology. “I am sure we have witnessed many innovative and inspiring masterpieces during the competition and I wish all the participants to continue to cultivate your interest in science, engineering or information & communication technology towards a brighter future,” he said.

Towards the end of the event, a prize-giving ceremony was held whereby all winners of the various categories of the competition were announced. One of the winners, Aaron John D. Dapiton from the Philippines, together with his partner, won the Best Performance Award in one of the categories and he was indeed proud and satisfied with the win. “We did our very best to win, and all our hard work has finally paid off,” he said. He also mentioned that he might pursue a career in robotics in future as he found it very interesting.

Another winner, Lim Qi Wei from Malaysia who won the Excellence Award in the category she participated in together with two other teammates, said, “The competition was indeed beneficial as we were able to learn more when compared to our normal lessons in the classroom.”

 

 
The winners, Lee Tzyy Cherng(third from left), Yuan Ting Jing(fourth from left), Cheak Juin Yaeng(third from right) and Cheah Weng Loong(second from right) with their mock cheque, in the presence of Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok(fourth from right), President of TAR UC, Ms Wong Hwa Kiong(second from left), Dean of the Faculty of Accountancy, Finance and Business (‘FAFB’), Mr. Chai Ming Perng(leftmost), Associate Dean, Finance Department, FAFB and Mr Chang Kwok Boon(rightmost), lecturer cum mentor for the students.


20 December 2016
 
TAR UC Students Emerge 1st Runner-up at CIMB ASEAN Stock Challenge
 

TAR UC students have once again proven their ability to apply the skills and knowledge that they have learnt in the classroom to real-life situations by successfully emerging as the 1st runner-up at the National level of the CIMB ASEAN Stock Challenge 2016. The annual competition mainly involves regional stock trading, offering real-time trading experience across five major stock exchanges - Bursa Malaysia, Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), Singapore Exchange (SGX), The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx). Open to undergraduates in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia, the competition is a two-stage competition consisting of National and Regional levels.

TAR UC’s team of Year 3 students of the Bachelor of Finance and Investment (Hons), which consisted of Cheah Weng Loong, Yuan Ting Jing, Cheak Juin Yaeng and Lee Tzyy Cherng did the institution proud by beating more than 2000 other teams from various universities in Malaysia at the National level of the competition. They won for themselves cash prize worth RM500, certificates as well as internship opportunities with CIMB. The National level of the competition mainly involved two rounds whereby the students were first required to compete to make the most profit during a three-week trading period starting from 10 October to 28 October 2016. Subsequently, having emerged as one of the top three teams with the highest percentage gains at the end of the trading period, they were required to submit their trading strategy paper for evaluation.

When asked about what motivated them to join the competition and to win, Yuan Ting Jing said, “Since we are studying Finance and Investment, we were eager to apply our knowledge and put what we have learnt to good use, and we found this competition a good way to do so. And when we were ranked number one in the first round, we were even more motivated to go all the way.”

Lee Tzyy Cherng, on the other hand, spoke of how their lecturer cum mentor for the competition, Mr Chang Kwok Boon, contributed to their success. “Throughout the competition, we constantly had discussions with our mentor and he advised us on what strategies to use. He also took the time to check the strategies we planned out and polished them so that they would be effective,” he explained. Yuan Ting Jing also attributed their success to the Equity Analysis subject which they took as part of their course. “This subject focuses on stocks where we learnt all the skills and knowledge required to read charts which was very helpful for the competition,” he said.

As for tips to juniors who wish to follow in their footsteps in future, Cheak Juin Yaeng said, “Time management is key. You must be able to balance your time between studies and the competition.” Cheah Weng Loong, on the other hand, said that passion is also an important element in the equation. “Having passion in the field is important in order to stay motivated,” he remarked.

 

 
All the graduands at the convocation ceremony


Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok delivering his opening speech


Goh Jia Yeen (middle) receiving her cash award from Dato’ Yap Kuak Fong(right), President of TARCian Alumni Association while Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok(left) looks on


Teh Mei Yee (middle) receiving her ‘ACCA Cup’ certificate from Ms Vilashini Ganespathy (right), Acting Head of ACCA Malaysia while Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok(left) looks on


Tan Ee Beng, who is visually impaired, expressing his appreciation towards his lecturers and friends for all the support given throughout his studies at TAR UC


Cheah Jenn Yeong (left) holding his graduation bouquet and scroll together with his mother (middle) and Ms Christine Chong(right)
16 December 2016
 
November 2016 Diploma and Bachelor Degree Convocation
 

It was that time in the year again when TAR UC students, adorned in their graduation robes and mortar boards, along with their family and friends gathered at the University College Hall to celebrate a major milestone in their lives – the successful completion of their Bachelor’s degree or Diploma programme at TAR UC. Held over four sessions during the weekend of 26 – 27 November 2016, it was indeed a meaningful occasion for all the graduands as they finally received their scrolls signifying their well-deserved accomplishments.

Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC, in his speech, encouraged the graduands with words of motivation on pursuing higher goals after graduation. “While today we celebrate your achievement, remember the journey does not end here. The road ahead will be a long one fraught with challenges and opportunities as well. I would like to beckon you to put your education to good use so that you can go far in your lives. You may fail the first time but the key is to keep trying. Persistence and determination will get you there,” he said.

There was a total of 54 graduands named as book prize winners throughout the four sessions of the convocation ceremony. One of the book prize winners, Goh Jia Yeen was also the President’s Award winner. A graduate of the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Food Science, she attributed a large part of her success to her lecturers. She said, “The lecturers here are indeed very friendly and helpful in guiding us to solve our problems. Whenever we do not understand anything, they would patiently explain it to us.”

Another book prize winner, Teh Mei Yee of the Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) programme was also awarded the ACCA Cup. She eagerly shared why TAR UC was her first choice when it came to pursuing her tertiary education. “As I was interested in obtaining the ACCA qualification, TAR UC was my first choice as it is recognised as ACCA’s Platinum Approved Learning Partner. The lecturers here are also very dedicated. They are very open and encourage two-way interaction with the students. I am very grateful to TAR UC for providing not only affordable education but one with excellent quality.” Other recipients of Perpetual Cups include the following:

Prize

Name of Student

Programme

MAICSA Cup

Valerie Chong Shiaw Yean

Bachelor of Corporate Administration (Hons)

FPAM Cup

Lye Yoke Teng

Bachelor of Finance & Investment (Hons)

SAS Alumni Society Bachelor’s Degree Cup

Nicholas Ng Eng Hoe

Bachelor of Information Systems (Hons) in Enterprise Information Systems

There was also a brief yet inspiring moment at the convocation ceremony when Tan Ee Beng, a visually impaired student from the Bachelor of Public Relations (Hons) made his way on stage to receive his scroll while being guided by a staff of TAR UC. He was very thankful towards his friends and lecturers for their unrelenting support throughout his journey towards completing his degree at TAR UC. “I am here today because of their support and concern for me,” he said.

At the ceremony, there was also a student from an underprivileged family who spoke of how TAR UC helped seek sponsorship for his education. Cheah Jenn Yeong of the Bachelor of Information Systems (Hons) in Enterprise Information Systems explained that he came from a financially constrained family where he even had problems paying the fees for his first semester. So, he approached his lecturer, Ms Chok Len Moi who then communicated about his situation to Assoc Prof Dr Ng Swee Chin, Vice President of TAR UC. Assoc Prof Dr Ng then approached Ms Christine Chong, Chief Operating Officer of Syscatech Sdn Bhd, a software company in Kuala Lumpur and it happened that the company was looking at sponsoring deserving students to pursue their tertiary education.

Cheah Jenn Yeong was therefore very grateful to both Ms Chok and Assoc Prof Dr Ng for their quick response in helping him with his difficulty. Speaking of his education at TAR UC and his current endeavours, he said, “I feel privileged to have been able to further my tertiary education in TAR UC since it is a highly reputable institution of higher learning. I currently work at Syscatech Sdn Bhd, the company that sponsored my studies, as a Software Engineer. And I am very much focused on helping my family financially so that my parents can have a better life.

 

 
The Champion team comprising Ng Theng Yuen (second from left), Lim Jor Yau (third from left), Loh Wooi Kiang (second from right), and Chia Soon Yang (rightmost) with their robot that won them the title as well as the medals and certificates together with Ms King Yeong Ching (leftmost), Lecturer of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Ms Mithila A/P Seva Bala (third from right), Lecturer of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.










14 December 2016
 
Team from TAR UC Clinches Top Spot in Robotic Competition
 

TAR UC extends its winning streak with the win in the National University Robotics Competition (‘NURC’). Loh Wooi Kiang, Ng Theng Yuen, Lim Jor Yau and Chia Soon Yang who are students of the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Electrical and Electronic programme took the champion title in the competition which was organised by Sasbadi Holdings Berhad, the national partner of the World Robot Olympiad (‘WRO’) in Malaysia. The competition was held on 3 September 2016 in a private higher learning institution in Kuala Lumpur.

This annual competition which aims to promote Science and Technology among university students saw the participation of approximately 15 institutions of higher learning. The theme for this year’s competition was Robot Bowling where the participating teams were challenged to make a robot that could score as many points as possible in a ten-pin bowling game. The task of the robot was to fetch a ball from a ball rack, locate the pins at the end of the lane and to knock as many pins down as possible by rolling the ball towards the pins.

Loh Wooi Kiang related the challenges the team faced during the competition. “As we were required to build a robot with complex functions, we found that some of the softwares that were required to build the robot were of advance level. Besides this, we were also stressed out due to the limited time given to build the robot.” “However, I strongly believe that the knowledge we have acquired in TAR UC was the reason for our win. The programming subject that we have learnt in campus not only helped us to build the robot but to ensure that the robot could perform all the required functions spelt out in the competition,” he explained in detail.

Ng Theng Yuen on the other hand was thankful to TAR UC for the valuable lessons and skills he had acquired which were very useful in the competition. “I personally am appreciative of the skills I have developed in TAR UC such as time management, critical thinking and team work. All these skills which I have gained through the many assignments as well as the many practical sessions I had in my courses were very useful for me and the team in the competition,” he added.

The students won for themselves medals and certificates. On top of this, the team of students will be representing Malaysia in the WRO which will take place from 24-28 November 2016 in New Delhi, India.

 

 
Chin Jo Han, the prize winner who is now a tax professional










13 December 2016
 
TAR UC Student Emerges as Prize Winner in Professional Examination
 

TAR UC's track record in providing professionally driven programmes is further bolstered when Chin Jo Han, a graduate of TAR UC, recently bagged the Yayasan Sime Darby Prize for the best paper in Corporate Governance in the ICSA International Qualifying Scheme ('IQS') Professional Part 2 June 2016 Examination.

Jo Han who studied the Bachelor of Corporate Administration (Hons) in TAR UC is currently attached to Ernst & Young as an Associate in Transaction Tax. He was surprised but very delighted of his achievement. "Knowing the fact that I only had a month to do proper revision for the examination, I certainly did not expect to score the best paper in Corporate Governance. Having said this, I must point out that my success was largely due to my dedicated lecturers who encouraged and inspired me to do my best in the examination. Their dedication in educating me and ensuring that they cleared all the doubts I had was a great push for me to give my best in the examination," said the young achiever.

As his ambition is to be an entrepreneur, Jo Han shared that pursuing his studies in TAR UC had instilled in him the necessary skillsets in preparing him to join the workforce. "TAR UC's education is very systematic and compact. Besides this, the high academic standards in TAR UC constantly drive me to do the best in my studies and I continue the same mindset now in my work. As what the saying 'No Pain No Gain' goes, the experience I have acquired as a student of TAR UC has not only strengthened my intellectual capabilities but I have also developed a disciplined way of managing work which would be a great help to me in achieving my goals. For these, I am truly grateful to TAR UC," he elaborated.

He also has some sound advice for his juniors who are planning to take the same academic route as himself. He shared: “TAR UC has taught me that perseverance, passion and persistence are the main ingredients to achieve success. The drive that this institution puts into the students to constantly achieve exceptional results will nurture within them the quality of perseverance and persistence and passion with the help of the dedication, creativity and care of TAR UC's academic team where they ensure students will reap all the benefits of TAR UC's excellent education.”

 

 
A group photo of TAR UC officials and sponsors' representatives at the event


Assoc Prof Dr Ng Swee Chin, Vice President of TAR UC, addressing the audience at the Wi-Me 2.0 2016 event


Wong Kah Wai, the Organising Chairperson of Wi-Me 2.0 2016, giving his welcome address at the event


Assoc Prof Dr Ng Swee Chin(second from left) giving out a souvenir to one of the sponsors' representative(leftmost) at the event accompanied by Assoc Prof Dr Loke Chui Fung(second from right) and Wong Kah Wai(rightmost).


Assoc Prof Dr Ng Swee Chin(second from right) visiting the exhibition area accompanied by Wong Kah Wai(rightmost).


TAR UC officials visiting the exhibition booths
5 December 2016
 
Wi-Me 2.0 2016 - A Trending Technology Showcase
 

The Wi-Me technology showcase event made a return this year to expose students to more of the latest trending technologies related to the Internet of Everything (IoE). Held over two days from 16 - 17 November 2016 at TAR UC Main Hall, the event was a follow-up to last year's Wi-Me 2015 event which focused on a similar theme - the Internet of Things (IoT) - though this year's event intended to go deeper into the subject by exploring IoE, a more specific component of IoT. The event featured an exciting and informative exhibition of the latest inventions and products in the field as well as other exciting activities which included talks, games, competitions and even a lucky draw.

The official launch of the event took place on 16 November 2016 at TAR UC Main Hall. Organised by TAR UC's very own students from the Computer Science Society ('CSS') in collaboration with the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Computing ('FASC'), the event garnered encouraging support from the students and was officially launched by Assoc Prof Dr Ng Swee Chin, Vice President of TAR UC. Also present at the event were Assoc Prof Dr Loke Chui Fung, Dean of FASC and Ms Lim Mei Shyan, Deputy Dean of FASC.

The launching ceremony began with a welcome address by the Organising Chairperson of Wi-Me 2.0 2016, Wong Kah Wai who is also a Year 2 student of the Diploma in Science (Computer Science & Computer Mathematics). In his speech, he explained what IoE is in simpler terms. He said, "In the 21st century, the Internet of Everything is not new. Technology companies have been discussing this idea for decades. At its core, IoE is simple. It is about connecting devices over the internet, allowing them to communicate with one another, with applications as well as people. One popular example is the smart fridge. What if your fridge could tell you it is out of milk by texting you when its internal cameras detect that there is none left? This may sound bizarre but it is possible!"

Assoc Prof Dr Ng, in her speech, expressed how impressed she was with the efforts of the students from CSS who organised the entire event. "I am glad that the students organised the event. This shows that they are really keeping abreast with the developments in the information and communication technology (ICT) field," she said.

She also highlighted the importance of having the knowledge on IoT. "26 billion devices will be connected to IoT by 2020. And 95% of business leaders aim to leverage on IoT's vast advantages. However, many are unable to as there are not many developers who are well-versed in this field currently. The Wi-Me event is therefore not only a good platform for various ICT companies to showcase their technology, but also for staff and students to know the latest developments in these technologies," she remarked.

The launching event ended with a tour of the exhibition area. Comprising a total of approximately 10-12 exhibition booths featuring products by leading ICT organisations, the event was indeed a success as closer collaboration and bond was fostered with these leading organisations through their involvement in the event.

 

 
The students gathering together with Chef Willment Leong


Chef Willment Leong, Chairman of World Chefs Without Borders, presenting his talk


Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC, addressing the audience


A group photo of the medal recipients in appreciation of their contribution to the Chinese Chef Association of Kuala Lumpur


The chefs at the event


2 December 2016
 
An Inspiring Culinary Workshop for the Students
 

In an effort to motivate the students to achieve success in the field of culinary art, Taste of Malaysia Culinary Workshop 2016 was jointly organised by TAR UC's Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities ('FSAH') and Chinese Chef Association of Kuala Lumpur for students pursuing the Hospitality Management programme at TAR UC. Held on 14 November 2016 at TAR UC's Auditorium, it was an inspiring workshop where chefs came together to share their experiences in the culinary industry.

Also known as the 'World Chefs Without Borders Workshop', a large part of the workshop featured Chef Willment Leong, Chairman of World Chefs Without Borders, who gave an interesting and eye-opening talk on how chefs can also be involved in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. He did so by sharing his own first-hand experience participating in social activities organised by World Chefs Without Borders - a humanitarian aid initiative committed to providing education, resources and aid to those in need and afflicted by natural disasters. Some of these social activities include fund raising charity meal programmes, culinary training programmes for the disabled and underprivileged, and so on.

Also present at the event were Dato' Seri Lau Wai Kiong, Honorary Adviser of Chinese Chef Association of Kuala Lumpur, Mr Yap Yook Wah, President of Chinese Chef Association of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC as well as members of Chinese Chef Association of Kuala Lumpur.

In his speech, Datuk Dr Tan remarked: "In the past, becoming a cook or a chef was a profession that was underappreciated. Yet over the years, this calling has now become one of the most celebrated professions. It is our pleasure to host such an experiential workshop where chefs come together to share their success stories and industry expertise. It aims to motivate the younger generation of chefs to pursue their own routes to success."

"I am happy to announce that we have started the Diploma in Culinary Arts in Perak Campus and this will be followed with the degree programme. In fact, all our Diploma and Degree programmes in Hotel Management require students to train in culinary arts as well. I hope we can work closely with the Chinese Chef Association and World Chefs Without Borders to produce future chefs and make TAR UC an institution famous for producing top-notch chefs," he continued.

Chef Willment, in his talk, encouraged the students to use CSR activities as a tool to market themselves. " As a chef, there are many things that we can share and contribute to society whether it is in terms of cash, knowledge or time. So, do not use ego to market yourselves in the culinary arts industry. Instead, use your spirit of sharing and giving to market yourselves. By doing so, you will gain more opportunities as well as earn respect from others," he advised.

The workshop was officially launched by Mr Yap Yook Wah. The event then ended with the giving out of medals as appreciation to those who contributed to the Chinese Chef Association of Kuala Lumpur including Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok.

 

 
Cheong Chun Fai at his workstation in PwC.









1 December 2016
 
TAR UC Student among Top Achievers in ACCA Examination
 

TAR UC's professionally driven education continues to show its strength when Cheong Chun Fai, a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) student, emerged as the Third Top Malaysian ACCA Affiliate in the recent ACCA September 2016 examination. His success in securing straight passes in all the ACCA professional level papers enabled him to claim the third top affiliate ranking.

Chun Fai who is currently working in PwC as a Tax Associate was taken by surprise upon knowing about his achievement. "I honestly did not expect to achieve this recognition as I always thought that the ACCA papers were very tough and it would be difficult to pass all papers in one attempt. I believe it was less taxing for me as I only needed to focus on the 5 professional levels papers as my Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) granted me exemptions from 9 papers of the ACCA fundamentals," he explained. Chun Fai also attributed his success to the strong foundation he acquired from his Diploma course in TAR UC. He said: "The basics that I learned during my Diploma have definitely been helpful to me when trying to understand more advanced aspects in the ACCA papers. As I attempted various assignments and examinations in TAR UC, I was better prepared to attempt the actual ACCA examinations."

The ambitious young achiever, who is focused on obtaining his ACCA membership after working for 3 years, shared his reason for choosing to study in TAR UC. "What attracted me to TAR UC is the fact that this institution is ACCA's Platinum Approved Learning Partner and has been consistent in maintaining its status. Besides this, being able to complete my Bachelor's degree and ACCA simultaneously was another factor that persuaded me to advance my education in TAR UC," he commented. "My decision to study in TAR UC was the right choice for me. My lecturers were of great help to me in preparation for the ACCA examinations. In addition to this, the University College's facilities especially the library is conducive to do revisions as it is filled with all the necessary reading materials which were of great help for my revision," he added further.

Chun Fai who aspires to be an accounting lecturer after he completes his Masters shared his formula to achieve success. "Consistency in attempting past year question papers is the key to my success. Through this exercise, I was able to train myself to produce accurate answers within the time given in the real examinations. I also believe that in order to become a successful accountant or finance professional, the key is to always put into practice what has been learnt," he shared.