February 2017
Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman (front row third from left) officiating the ground-breaking ceremony by breaking the ground with a hoe together with Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai (front row second from left), Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong (front row second from right), Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (front row rightmost) and Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Richard Koh Kin Lip (front row leftmost).

Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman (standing leftmost) delivering his speech at the ground-breaking ceremony.

Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai (standing leftmost) presenting his speech at the ceremony.

Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman (third from left) viewing the scale model of Sabah Branch Campus together with Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai (second from right), Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong (second from left) and Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (rightmost).

A group photo of the distinguished guests at the ground-breaking ceremony accompanied by two lions displaying a pair of meaningful Chinese quotes on education which means to grow a tree, it takes ten years but to educate a person, it takes a hundred years.
27 February 2017
TAR UC Expands Footprint With New Purpose-Built Sabah Branch Campus

Having operated at the current rented premises at Donggongon, Penampang in Sabah, TAR UC will further expand its footprint in Sabah by setting up a new purpose-built and much larger campus in Alamesra, Kota Kinabalu. A ground breaking ceremony was successfully held on 7 February 2017 to mark the commencement of the construction of the new campus at the campus site. The ceremony was graced by Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman who was accompanied by Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, TARC Education Foundation & Board of Governors, TAR UC, Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong, Member of the Board of Trustees, TARC Education Foundation, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC and Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Richard Koh Kin Lip, owner of the land where TAR UC Sabah Branch Campus is sited. In addition, the ceremony was attended by over 500 guests including many Sabah state ministers and dignitaries.

In his speech, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said that the development of human capital is crucial for the sustainable growth of various sectors in Sabah and the establishment of TAR UC Sabah Branch Campus is timely because more institutes of higher learning are required to produce the required skilled workforce to further develop the state. “Knowing TAR UC’s good reputation in providing tertiary education and high academic standards, I am confident that the new TAR UC’s purpose-built campus in Sabah will provide many more young Sabahans the opportunity to pursue their education and educate them well to bring Sabah to greater heights,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai in his speech shared  how TAR UC’s Sabah Branch Campus has progress since it was first established. “TAR UC’s Sabah Branch Campus first opened its doors in 2002, operating from Kian Kok Middle School. The initial student intake was just 22 students. The number of students grew over the years, and in 2007, the Branch moved to its current location in Donggongon, Penampang in order to accommodate a larger student population. Now, the branch campus has close to 340 students, and has approximately 1,300 graduates who have gone on to become successful in their chosen fields. I am pleased to say that the Sabah Branch Campus has truly upheld its mission of providing access to quality education to East Malaysian communities, even more so now with the development of this new campus,” he continued.

Subsequently Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman, together with Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok and Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Richard Koh Kin Lip, each broke the ground with a hoe to symbolise the ground breaking for the construction of the new campus. A scale model of the purpose-built Sabah Branch Campus was also on display at the ceremony for the guests to view.

Once developed, the 6-acre campus which cost RM50 million would be able to accommodate 3,000 students and it will house two tutorial blocks, an administrative block, and a cafeteria and student centre block. In addition, the new campus will also be equipped with unique rooftop sports facilities such as basketball, futsal and badminton courts, gymnasium and a swimming pool. The purpose-built permanent Sabah Branch Campus will be offering Bachelor degree and postgraduate programmes once it is completed in 2019.


Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (left) receiving the certificate of appreciation from Mr Eddie Ho (right)

A group photo of all participants of the "Lifebrary of Love" project at the Matang Jaya Community Adoption Centre

The "Lifebrary of Love" Project at the Matang Jaya Community Adoption Centre

A group photo of all participants of the North Selangor Tree Planting Project

Green Project in Red Bricks Cafeteria
21 February 2017
TAR UC’s Collaboration with JCI-KL

On 8 February 2017, Junior Chamber International  (JCI), KL presented a certificate of appreciation to TAR UC for their collaboration on high-impact community projects carried out from July till August 2016 that had eventually helped JCI-KL to win two highly coveted JCI E-Awards in 2016.  The certificate was handed over by Mr Eddie Ho, past President of JCI-KL, to Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC. This meaningful ceremony was witnessed by Mr Jerry Ngeo, President of JCI-KL and several other representatives from JCI-KL, TAR UC’s Vice Presidents, Ms Kho Sok Kee, Assoc Prof Say Sok Kwan and Dr Chook Ka Joo as well as Ms Karthiyani Shanmugam, Head of Centre for Nation Building and Languages (‘CNBL’), Ms. Kong Lee Fong, Head of Division for Mata Pelajaran Pengajian Umum and Dr Chew Wei Wei, Senior Lecturer, all of whom are from CNBL.

JCI-KL's collaboration with TAR UC in green projects paved the way for JCI-KL to win the 2016 JCI World Congress Award, under the category of "The Best Inter-Organization Collaboration Project." In the Tree Planting project in North Selangor initiated by GEC (Global Environment Centre), the collaboration involved TAR UC, JCI-KL and GEC as well as other relevant stakeholders supporting this green endeavour, namely the Selangor State Government, Selangor Forestry Department and Friends of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest. Then, in the landscaping project in Kampung Boyan, TAR UC-JCI collaborated with partners of the River of Life Local Agenda 21.  

Besides that, JCI-KL's collaboration with TAR UC in the "Lifebrary of Love" project had also helped them earn the 2016 JCI Malaysia Annual National Convention E-Awards for the category "Best Local Global Goals Project”. This noble endeavour was carried out in collaboration with Sathya Sai Baba Centre. A creatively designed mini library was set up in a community centre at Matang Jaya, Sungai Buloh to promote healthy reading habits among the children. This project was made possible through a book donation drive at TAR UC and other financial and material support channelled by friends and associates of JCI-KL.


Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Sufri bin Hj Mohd Zin (middle) presenting an ang pow to one of the selected students (right) while Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (left) looks on

Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok giving his speech at the ceremony

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Sufri bin Hj Mohd Zin addressing the audience at the ceremony

A group photo of the 50 students who received the CNY ang pows together with representatives from Yayasan TRC as well as senior officials and staff of TAR UC
8 February 2017
CNY Ang Pow Presentation for TAR UC Students

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, TAR UC was pleased to welcome a group of representatives from Yayasan TRC, a foundation under TRC Synergy Bhd who came to give out Chinese New Year ang pows to deserving students in TAR UC. In conjunction with this, an ang pow presentation ceremony was organised at the Function Room in TAR UC’s Kuala Lumpur Main Campus on 17 January 2017 whereby a total of RM300 each was given out to 50 deserving students. These students were selected from among loan and scholarship recipients. Attending the event were Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Sufri bin Hj Mohd Zin, Trustee of Yayasan TRC and other senior officials of Yayasan TRC who were warmly welcomed by Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC.

Datuk Dr Tan, in his speech, expressed his sincerest appreciation to Yayasan TRC for their kind gesture and support towards the students. He said, “Rooted in our philosophy of widening access to education for all Malaysians irrespective of race, creed and class, TAR UC provides a variety of scholarships, grants and study loans. Some types of financial aid offered to students are merit-based, while others take into consideration certain criteria such as the student’s academic performance, family financial background and/or their participation in extra-curricular activities. The various types of financial aid extended to the students have helped many deserving and needy students complete their education and have a better start in live. These have helped them to break away from the vicious cycle that their family is in. I believe that Yayasan TRC shares the same principle with TAR UC in this aspect.”

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Sufri praised TAR UC’s quality education in his speech. He strongly commended TAR UC’s modules and syllabus which equip students to face wider challenges in the real world, noting that graduates of TAR UC are highly sought after. In fact, he was proud to announce that quite a number of the staff at his company are TAR UC graduates.  He was therefore honoured to be able to contribute to students of such high calibre.

The event then proceeded with the giving out of ang pows by Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Sufri to the students accompanied by Datuk Dr Tan. Among the students receiving the ang pows was Ivan Law Kai Wen, a Year 1 Diploma in Technology (Electronic Engineering) student who is currently under a study loan by TAR UC. Raised by a single mother, he said it has always been difficult for her to earn enough to support him and his sister as she is only a babysitter. He was indeed very grateful for being selected to receive the contribution by Yayasan TRC, saying, “This would definitely help in my studies. With this contribution, I am reminded to cherish what I have and what has been given to me. I am also motivated to be more hardworking in my studies.”



Dr Lim in the laboratory during his research visit to The University of Tokyo in Nov 2014.

Dr Lim checking on the cultured phytoplankton samples using a portable microscope.

Dr Lim (in black coat) presenting his talk in Vietnam.

Dr Lim (Standing 7th from right in black coat and white shirt) with the Scientific Steering Committee members and experts who attended the WESTPAC-HAB Workshop, at Institute of Oceanography, NhaTrang, Vietnam.
6 February 2017
TAR UC’s Senior Lecturer Shares Research Findings in Vietnam

On 19 – 22 December 2016, Dr Lim Hong Chang, a senior lecturer of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Computing, Johor Branch Campus, had the honour of being invited to present two talks at an international workshop organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (‘IOC’) of UNESCO, Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (‘WESTPAC’), Harmful Algal Bloom (‘HAB’) Programme, held in Institute of Oceanography, Nha Trang, Vietnam.

When asked what he presented in Vietnam, he said: “During the WESTPAC Workshop, I shared the information and collective results obtained throughout my research on recent HAB events, trend of HAB occurrence, biology and distributions of certain groups of toxin-producing and red tide species in the Western Pacific Region. Steering committee members of the programme from Japan, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia had also attended and the future action plan on HAB science in Western Pacific region was discussed,” he replied.

Dr Lim had always wanted to be a scientist ever since he was young. “I am especially interested and fascinated with the science of living things and that led me to be what I am today, a research scientist and an educator,” he said.

“Back in 2008, I was given the opportunity to pursue my postgraduate study with my former supervisors Associate Professor Dr Lim Po Teen, Head of Bachok Marine Research Station, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Malaya and Associate Professor Dr Leaw Chui Pin, Senior Research Fellow of Bachok Marine Research Station, Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Malaya, after obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree. They brought me into the field of Harmful Algal Blooms, which is also known as Red Tides that is associated with various kinds of shellfish poisoning, fish poisoning and fish-kill. Throughout the past 8 years, we have been working very closely on the occurrence, distribution and impact of these HAB organisms to aquaculture in Malaysia,” he shared.

He said that TAR UC has been very supportive towards his work in capacity building and development. “Currently we are in the midst of setting up laboratories, Aquaponic and etc in TAR UC, Johor Branch Campus, to cater for teaching and learning. At the same time, it will serve as a platform for continuity in collaborative research with various local governmental authorities, e.g. Department of Fisheries (‘DOF’), Fisheries Research Institute (‘FRI’), universities as well as with researchers from other countries,” he added.

On his role in TAR UC Johor Branch Campus, he said: “I have been with TAR UC since June 2015 as a Senior Lecturer. I teach Aquaculture-related subjects for Diploma in Aquaculture, a two-year Diploma programme that is solely offered in Johor Branch Campus at Segamat, Johor. My expertise is on seafood safety for export and human consumption. On the other hand, the programme emphasizes on the technical hands-on skills in aquaculture as well as some components in fundamentals of business and entrepreneurship to prepare graduates with knowledge and skills to venture into aquaculture industries.”



A group photo of all the beneficiaries as well as senior officials, staff and students of TAR UC together with Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (front row: fifth from left) with the mock cheque of the total funds collected at the cheque presentation ceremony.

Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok giving his welcome address at the cheque presentation ceremony

Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (leftmost) receiving a mock cheque on behalf of TARC Education Foundation from Tan Boon Nee (second from left), a representative of the Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities Student Representative Council, as Ms Dearna Kee June Chen (second from right), Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities and Mr Tan Seng Seng (rightmost), Assistant Advisor of the Student Representative Council look on.

3 February 2017
TAR UC Students Continue to Give Back to Society

Similar to previous years, TAR UC’s Diploma students taking the Civic Consciousness and Volunteerism Course have once again successfully raised a substantial amount of funds as part of their initiative to give back to society. Their efforts culminated in a cheque presentation ceremony held on 13 January 2017 at TAR UC’s Auditorium. The occasion was indeed a meaningful one as a total of 20 beneficiaries from various charity organisations for the poor, underprivileged, and marginalised received the funds raised by the students.

Overall, the students managed to collect a total of RM138,445.20 from their fund-raising project held from October to December 2016, of which RM119,000.00 was disbursed to the 20 charity organisations at the cheque presentation ceremony. The 20 organisations are as follows:

  1. Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa
    Seberang Perai Selatan
  2. Pertubuhan Membantu Pesakit Parah Miskin
  3. Shelter Home
  4. Pusat Jagaan Insan Istimewa, Semenyih
  5. Pusat Penjagaan Warga Usia Emas Tong Sim, Seremban
  6. Suriana Welfare Society Malaysia
  7. Pusat Jagaan  Sivananda
  8. Pertubuhan Kebajikan Ihsan Negeri Sembilan
  9. Ampang Old Folks Home
  10. Candy Pencil Project
  11. Desa Amal Jireh
  12. Pertubuhan Kebajikan Mental Selangor
  13. Sincere Care Home, Kajang
  14. Rumah Hope  
  15. Rumah Kebajikan Anbu Illam
  16. Rumah Charis
  17. Yayasan Sunbeams
  18. Pusat Jagaan Titian OKU Nur, Rawang
  19. St.Nicholas' Home, Penang
  20. Student Welfare Fund, TAR UC

Besides that, a portion of the funds amounting to about RM8,000 was used to purchase school bags, school books, tracksuit bottoms and stationery for school-going children from Perkampungan Orang Asli Gombak and Sweet Care Welfare Society. These items were delivered to them in December 2016 in time for the children before the new school term started. The remaining funds will be used for charity projects in March this year.

At the cheque presentation ceremony, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC, gave out the cheques to the beneficiaries. In his speech, he commended the students for their hard work and dedication in raising the funds for the needy. “The funds raised by the students at TAR UC will not just be a donation given out to various needy segments of society but it also means making a difference in the lives of others, thus bringing to life the core principle of human justice.”

To-date, more than RM520,000 has been disbursed to those in need and in this 4th fund-raising initiative by TAR UC students,  approximately 2,500 Diploma students from all four faculties were involved in various activities in an effort to raise funds to contribute back to the community. At the same ceremony, Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities Student Representative Council also presented a cheque to TARC Education Foundation, in support of the on-going fund-raising initiative for the construction of the Student Centre in TAR UC.