March 2017
 
Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai delivering his speech.


(from left to right): Dato’ Chan Wah Kiang, Bobby Tan, Organising Chairman for TARCian Unity Golf, Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Dato’ Yap Kuak Fong and Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok displaying a mock cheque to represent the proceeds from TARCian Unity Golf amounting to RM50,000 being contributed to TAR UC for the construction of the Student Centre.


(from left to right): Dato’ Chan Wah Kiang, ( ), Lim Kok Eng, Organising Chairman for TARCian Run 2016, Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Dato’ Gerald Goh, Chairman of TAA Sabah, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok and Dato’ Yap Kuak Fong proudly showing a mock cheque to symbolize the contribution of RM50,888 raised from TARCian Run 2016 being channeled to TAR UC for the construction of the Student Centre.


Puan Sri Dato’ Dr Mary Lee (2nd from left) and Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (rightmost) holding the mock cheque together with Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai (centre), Dato’ Yap Kuak Fong (2nd from right) and Dato’ Chan Wah Kiang (leftmost).


TAR UC student achievers displaying their certificates of recognition with Dato’ Chan Wah Kiang (5th from left), Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (centre) and Dato’ Yap Kuak Fong (5th from right).


TAR UC choir demonstrating their vocal prowess.


The mesmerising saxophone performance paired with dexterous keyboard playing.
31 March 2017
 
A Night of Celebration and Gratitude
 

The fifth iteration of TARCian Alumni Association (‘TAA’) Chinese New Year cum TAR UC Staff Appreciation Dinner took place on 11 March 2017 which brought together alumni and their alma mater to celebrate the Chinese New Year. At the same time, it also served as an occasion for the alumni to express their gratitude to their alma mater for providing them with life changing education that has led them to achieve so much in life.

“Last year, as many as 11,445 Chinese students had come to Malaysia to pursue their education. Meanwhile, 6,880 Malaysian students had come to China to further their studies in 2016 and we expect these figures will continue to increase,” Mr Zhang continued.

The crowd gave a rousing cheer upon arrival of Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, TARC Education Foundation and Board of Governors, TAR UC, who is also the Minister of Transport and President of Malaysian Chinese Association (‘MCA’). In his address, Dato’ Sri Liow commended TAA for organising this meaningful reunion to strengthen the ties between the alumni and TAR UC. Dato’ Sri Liow also shared the future development of TAR UC to the guests at the dinner.

“Moving forward, TAR UC would aim to become an entrepreneurial university, the so-called fourth generation university so as to expand our role as a value creation enabler via our engagement with the industry, community of entrepreneurs, government and even society at large with the objective of yielding positive impact to the country’s economic development. I am also glad to highlight that we are well on our way to becoming a full-fledged university. Having provided top-notch education for more than 48 years and a sterling track record acknowledged nationwide, it is time TAR UC moved ahead to become a university”, said Dato’ Sri Liow.

The celebration was truly a perfect combination of sumptuous food and captivating performances. All the performances were conducted by highly talented TAR UC students and alumni eliciting applause and cheers from the guests of the dinner. Among the highlights in the performances was TAR UC choir who performed three songs. Besides that, there were also soothing saxophone and harmonica performances as well as rip-roaring hip-hop dance and solo singing. The audiences were also treated to a rare karaoke singing session by VVIPs including Dato’ Sri Liow, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Barry Goh, TAA Executive Advisor, Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai, TAA Honorary Advisor, Tan Sri Dato’ Lau Yin Pin, Member of the Board of Trustees of TARC Education Foundation and TAA Honorary Advisor, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC, Dato’ Yap Kuak Fong, President of TAA and Dato’ Chan Wah Kiang, Deputy President of TAA.

In between the performances, TAA also invited outstanding TAR UC students who won major industry competitions in 2016 to receive a certificate of recognition to encourage the students to continue to do well. Datuk Dr Tan was also invited on stage to receive TARCian Unity Golf 2016 and TARCian Run 2016 mock cheques signifying the contribution by TAA towards the construction of the Student Centre.  In the midst of the joyful occasion, Puan Sri Dato’ Dr Mary Lee, TAR UC alumna, was also invited on stage to present a mock cheque illustrating the setting up of Puan Sri Dato’ Dr Mary Lee Siew Cheng Student Loan Fund to Datuk Dr Tan. The most anticipated was the announcement of the Alumnus of the Year 2016 award which went to Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Barry Goh who was the founder of TAA.

The dinner was given another dose of excitement with lucky draws giving away 30 prizes to lucky TAR UC staff. As it has been in the past, the dinner ended with the signature “Laman Song” which bonded the audiences together once again as one united family in TAR UC.

 

 
Senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun delivering her speech at the launching ceremony.


The official launching of the education expo taking place as the distinguished guests cut the ribbon. Seen here are Mr Qiu Yang (second from left), Vice Dean of School of Foreign Languages from Chengdu Normal University, Mr Wang Songjian (fourth from left), Mr Zhang Jie Xin (sixth from left), Senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun (sixth from right), Mr Zhang You Zhi (fourth from right), Director of Liu Xue Educational Service Centre (M) Sdn Bhd and Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (second from right).


Senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun (second from left), visiting one of the exhibition booths together with Mr Wang Songjian (second from right) and Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (leftmost).

30 March 2017
 
TAR UC Hosts Sichuan Education Expo 2017
 

TAR UC had the honour to host the Charming Sichuan Education Expo which was organised by the Education Department of Sichuan Province as well as Liu Xue Educational Service Centre (M) Sdn Bhd and co-organised by Chengdu Normal University and TAR UC. Held on 22 March 2017 at TAR UC Main Hall, the expo had the participation of 16 universities and colleges from Sichuan province and was open to the public and students of TAR UC.

The launching ceremony was graced by YB Senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Malaysia. Other distinguished guests in attendance were Mr Zhang Jie Xin, Director of Cultural Office, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Malaysia, Mr Wang Songjian, Associate Counsel, Education Department of Sichuan Province and Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC as well as local school headmasters and representatives from several local universities.

In her speech, YB Senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun shared that TAR UC has been actively collaborating with Chinese universities and impending recognition for the University College granted by the Ministry of Education of China. She said: “The University College collaborates actively with many Chinese universities in recent years. Since 2014, TAR UC has collaborated with many Chinese universities such as Guizhou University, Tongren University, Chengdu Normal University, Nanjing University Jinling College and most recently, the world-famous Tsinghua University with whom TAR UC inked the MoU in November 2016. With all these collaborations taking place, we are very positive on TAR UC’s standing in the international arena. I am also very pleased to note that the Chinese Education Ministry will be listing TAR UC’s name in the Ministry’s web portal very soon as one of the recognised foreign universities in China.”

Meanwhile, Mr Zhang Jie Xin in his speech highlighted the collaboration in education between Malaysia and China.  He said: “In recent years following the strong bilateral relations between China and Malaysia, this has also intensified the collaboration in education between the two countries. This entails student exchange, joint collaboration / partnership as well as articulation among the institutions of higher learning in Malaysia and China. In 2011, Malaysia and China signed an agreement which enables both countries to mutually recognise some of the institutions of higher learning. In 2016, the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MoU’) which provides a platform for them to set up a structured framework.”

“Last year, as many as 11,445 Chinese students had come to Malaysia to pursue their education. Meanwhile, 6,880 Malaysian students had come to China to further their studies in 2016 and we expect these figures will continue to increase,” Mr Zhang continued.

On the other hand, Mr Wang Songjian shared in detail the development of tertiary education in Sichuan province: “The recent years have seen institutions of higher learning in Sichuan develop, reform and innovate rapidly. In addition, internationalisation is also gaining more importance. Therefore, we encourage and promote collaboration and exchange with foreign institutions. There is a growing international student population in Sichuan institutions coming from 140 countries pursuing their studies as well as research and even faculty is also internationalised with many faculty members from overseas.”

“In 2013, the Sichuan province government had set up a government scholarship for outstanding international students. We therefore welcome excellent Malaysian students to take this opportunity to come to Sichuan for further studies,” Mr Wang added.

The education expo was officially launched with the ribbon-cutting ceremony by the distinguished guests who later visited all the exhibition booths.

The 16 universities and colleges that participated in the exhibition were:

  • Southwest University for Nationalities
  • Chengdu University
  • Xihua University
  • Southwest Medical University
  • Sichuan Technology and Business University
  • Sichuan Normal University
  • Chengdu Normal University
  • Neijiang Normal University
  • Mianyang Normal University
  • China West Normal University
  • Sichuan University of Science & Engineering
  • Southwest University of Science and Technology
  • Sichuan University of Arts and Science
  • Sichuan Vocational & Technical College
  • Sichuan Business Vocational College
  • Yinxing Hospitality Management College

 

 

 
Group photo of TAR UC Creative Arts students and academics with Mr. Akio Walt (front row, second from right), guest speaker for the ‘Responsive Website Design’ session.


Mr. Akio (right) explaining the Structure of Web


Students paying full attention to Mr. Akio’s talk


Mr. Akio offering tips on designing a responsive website


Mr. Akio explaining content management, and the flow of information on various screen sizes: tablet and hand phone screens
30 March 2017
 
Eye-opening Session on Responsive Web Design
 

On 14th March 2017, a sharing session on “Responsive Web Design” was held at lecture hall DK 6 of TAR UC’s Kuala Lumpur Main Campus. The session was organised by the Creative Arts Society from the Faculty of Social Science, Arts & Humanities (FSAH).

Guest speaker, Mr. Chunsen Oo a.k.a. Akio Walt, shared his work experience designing  websites with TAR UC Diploma in Graphic Design and Multimedia Design students as well as Bachelor of Creative Multimedia (Honours) in Multimedia Design  students. The session was also attended by Pn. Nurulhuda Zainudin, Ms. Jacqualine Sim and Mr. Foo Yi Chyuan, academics from the Department of Creative Arts.

As a designer, Mr. Akio works with a wide range of clients from various fields such as branding, product development, websites and fashion accessories. During the two-hour talk, Mr. Akio shared his experience in graphic design and how it led him to pursue multimedia design. He emphasised that it is important to understand design processes in order to come up with various solutions for use on multiple platforms and different screen sizes.

One valuable key design tip he shared was to keep the content on an interface simple, straightforward and clean. “It is a designer’s task to think critically and propose a solution based on the client’s needs. Designers need to put themselves in the shoes of the client,” said Mr. Akio.

 

 
Ms Kho Sok Kee giving her speech at the ceremony


Yap Kwan Ken (rightmost) receiving the CPUS Top Achievement Cup from Ms Kho Sok Kee (middle) while Mdm Looi Li Chin (leftmost), Head of the Centre for Pre-University Studies (‘CPUS’), looks on. Yap Kwan Ken is also the recipient of the Best Overall Performance in Science.


Diong Tze Li (rightmost) receiving the Best Overall Performance in Arts award and certificate from Ms Kho Sok Kee (middle) while Mdm Looi Li Chin (leftmost) looks on.


Best Overall Performance in Cambridge International AS Level (Science) award recipient, Alya Jasmine Ngu Ee-Lyn (second from right) and Best Overall Performance in Cambridge International AS Level (Arts) award recipient, Chong Kai Ling (second from left) holding their awards and certificates together with Ms Kho Sok Kee (rightmost) and Mdm Looi Li Chin (leftmost).
29 March 2017
 
A Level & AS Level High Achievers Certificate Presentation Ceremony
 

It was indeed a moment of pride for all A Level and AS Level high achievers in the morning of 16 March 2017 as they were given due recognition for their excellent achievement in the A Level/AS Level examination in a certificate and trophy presentation ceremony held at TAR UC Main Hall. A total of 60 A Level and 14 AS Level students were feted at the ceremony which was witnessed by the parents, lecturers, staff as well as Senior Officials of TAR UC.

Gracing the ceremony was Mr Ng Kim Huat, Cambridge International Examinations (‘CIE’) Country Director, Malaysia, who was warmly welcomed by Ms Kho Sok Kee and Assoc Prof Say Sok Kwan, Vice Presidents of TAR UC.

Ms Kho, in her speech, said, “This year is a very special year for the A Level programme at TAR UC as the programme is currently in its 30th year. With 30 years’ worth of experience under our belt, our A Level programme has matured and grown from its humble beginnings in 1987 with only 49 students, to becoming one of the largest and most reputable Cambridge A Level centres in Malaysia. Several hundred thousand students sit for the Cambridge examinations all over the world every year but our students have regularly proven themselves to be on par with the best students in the world and in the country, by winning awards in the prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards.”

The results for the latest October/November 2016 examination session was no less exceptional with an impressive pass percentage of 89.4% for A Level. From this cohort, about 30% of the students scored excellent results of AAB and above. From a total of 60 high achievers, 25 scored at least 4 ‘A*’s or 4 ‘A’s, and 42 of them scored at least 3 ‘A*’s or 3 ‘A’s. In terms of individual subject performances, the October/November 2016 A Level examination recorded outstanding pass percentages for Physics at 91%, Biology at 94%, Chemistry at 92% and Mathematics at 90%. Equally impressive is the AS Level pass percentage, which is 95.9%. From this cohort of students, about 30% managed to achieve excellent results of 2‘a’s 1 ‘b’ and above.

The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the awards for the Best Overall Performance in Cambridge International A Level Examination. Yap Kwan Ken who scored 4 ‘A*’s received the Best Overall Performance in Science award while Diong Tze Li who scored 3 ‘A*’s 1 ‘A’ took the title for Arts. Yap Kwan Ken, who also took home the CPUS Top Achievement Cup, commended TAR UC for its affordable education and well-equipped library. “The tuition fees here are affordable. Besides that, the library here is fully-equipped with high-speed wifi and comprehensive resources for your study needs. For instance, you can find a good selection of books on various Mathematics topics here,” said the high achiever who also emerged Top in the World for Mathematics.

Diong Tze Li, on the other hand, attributed part of her success to her lecturers. “The lecturers here are indeed very friendly. I could feel their eagerness to assist us whenever we had problems. There were certainly no barriers in communicating with them,” she said.

As for the Best Overall Performance for AS Level, Alya Jasmine Ngu Ee-Lyn who scored 4 ‘a’s 1 ‘b’ and Chong Kai Ling who scored 4 ‘a’s took the title for Science and Arts respectively. The event then ended with a cake-cutting ceremony celebrating the 30th Anniversary of TAR UC’s A Level programme.

 

 
YBhg Datuk Yew Teong Look giving his speech at the ceremony


A group photograph of the donors together with YBhg Datuk Yew Teong Look (9th from right), Dato’ Yap Kuak Fong (9th from left), Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (8th from right), Ms Kho Sok Kee (8th from left), Vice President of TAR UC, and Mr Adrian Yeo Eng Hui (7th from right).


A group photograph of TAR UC staff who have served the institution for more than 25 years together with YBhg Datuk Yew Teong Look (7th from left), Dato’ Yap Kuak Fong (6th from left), Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (8th from right), Ms Kho Sok Kee (5th from left), Vice President of TAR UC, and Mr Adrian Yeo Eng Hui (7th from right).
28 March 2017
 
Recognition Ceremony for TARC Education Foundation Donors & Long-Serving Staff
 

24 February 2017 marked a momentous occasion for TARC Education Foundation donors and long-serving staff of TAR UC as they were given due recognition for their bountiful contributions towards the institution. This is the third time that the institution has organised the Recognition Ceremony since its inception in 2014.

In a joyous ceremony held at TAR UC’s Kuala Lumpur Main Campus, 21 donors were recognised and appreciated for their contribution towards TARC Education Foundation for the construction of the Student Centre since 2010, while 147 staff members of TAR UC who have served the institution for 15 years and above were celebrated for their invaluable dedication towards the University College.

The ceremony was graced by YBhg Datuk Yew Teong Look, Member of the Board of Trustees of TARC Education Foundation, YBhg Dato’ Yap Kuak Fong and Mr Adrian Yeo Eng Hui, both Members of the Board of Governors of TAR UC, and Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC.

In his speech, YBhg Datuk Yew praised and thanked all the donors and staff for their remarkable contributions towards TAR UC. “In our current construction plans for the new Student Centre, we certainly need contributions from the university and the alumni in order to make it a success. So, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dato’ Yap and Mr Adrian for their continuous efforts in contributing towards the institution. I would also like to thank all the 21 donors today for their generous donations towards our institution.”

“As for all the long-serving staff, your loyalty to the university college is admirable. Although being in the education line is not easy, it is nevertheless, meaningful especially when we see our graduates go on to become leaders and successful individuals in life. I therefore salute all the academic staff and all other staff of TAR UC for their consistent dedication towards the institution,” he added.

The donors were given recognition based on five different levels of contribution, which are Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Certificate of Recognition. They were honoured with plaques and certificates.

As for the Long Service Awards, the qualified staff from Kuala Lumpur Main Campus and all the branch campuses were presented with tokens of appreciation and certificates.

 

 
From left to right: Assoc Prof Dr Ng Swee Chin, Vice President of TAR UC, Mr Tay Tee Tiong, Senior Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering Department, FEBE, Goh Shu Wan, Low Ting Sheng, Phoon Zee Him, Andrew Tay Jun Feng, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR UC, Lim Hui Yan, Ow Yong Hui Yan and Assoc Prof Dr Yip Mum Wai


The students operating their robots at the competition


24 March 2017
 
TAR UC Students Emerge as First Runner-up at Robotics Competition
 

TAR UC students once again proved their practical problem-solving capabilities by reigning in the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (‘UTAR’) Intercampus Robotics Competition. They emerged First Runner-up in the competition which was held on 23 July 2016 at UTAR, Sungai Long Campus. Organised by UTAR Robotics Society, the competition saw the participation of 10 other local institutions of higher learning. TAR UC’s team consisting of Year 3 Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Mechatronic students, Phoon Zee Him, Goh Shu Wan, Ow Yong Hui Yan, Lim Hui Yan, Andrew Tay Jun Feng and Low Ting Sheng, walked away with cash prize RM1,000 and certificates.

The team started designing, testing, trouble-shooting and improving their robots since February 2016. They built 3 robots and modules which were the wheeled mobile robot, robotic arm, and robotic boat. These robots and modules can be controlled from Android-based mobile devices running a specific application.

In the competition, the students’ robots were required to collectively complete 1 main task and 4 optional sub-tasks. Both the main task and sub-tasks were to be completed within the allocated time which was 10 minutes, failing which the team would be disqualified. Points were given for the completion of the sub-tasks and the time taken to complete the main task. The winners were therefore determined based on the highest scores. TAR UC’s team of students successfully completed the 4 sub-tasks perfectly in the shortest time. They also did their very best to complete the main task which involved the robotic boat and overall, they managed to secure the first runner-up position.

On the strategies or methods used by the students in creating their robots, the team leader, Phoon Zee Him said, “It involved a lot of trial and error as we explored various ways in creating the robots to perform their designated tasks.”

“We also owe our success to our lecturers who indeed helped us a lot. Whenever we were in doubt about anything, they were ever-willing to share their knowledge and guide us. Our lecturers were also helpful in the sense that they gave us the freedom to use our creativity and try new things,” he added.

The team of students was also most grateful for the financial and moral support given by TAR UC, Assoc Prof Dr Yip Mum Wai, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment (‘FEBE’), Ms Lim Joo Eng, Associate Dean of Mechanical Engineering, FEBE, and all who contributed directly and indirectly towards their win.

 

 

 

 
The 17 students including Chan Ching Wei (second row fourth from left) who created the award-winning #17.


#17 on display capturing the attention of the visitors at the exhibition.


The award won by TAR UC students on display inside #17.
20 March 2017
 
TAR UC Students Prove their Mettle in Architecture Competition
 

TAR UC has stamped yet another mark in the annually held Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) Architecture Students Work Exhibition by winning the Gold award in the category of Best Booth Display. . Organised by Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia, the competition which had a participation of 20 institutions of higher learning was held from 5 – 9 October 2016 in a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur.

The competition required participants to construct an exhibition booth with the theme ‘ARCHInteraction’ which is the short form for Architecture and Interaction. The booth was required to be constructed within a space of 3 metres by 3 metres. TAR UC’s team of 17 Bachelor of Science in Architecture (Hons) students did their best to clinch the award. “Basically, we built this exhibition booth using the slot in & out approach where the shape and design of the booth were very much influenced by the characteristics of the ‘Tiang Seri’ which is the Malay traditional house. Besides this, in line with the theme for this year’s exhibition which is to create an interactive space for users through architecture, we also ensured our booth had a comfortable and spacious space for users to enjoy basic recreational activities such as reading. Besides this, a ramp is fixed at both entrances of the booth for easy access especially for children, the elderly and the disabled,” explained Chan Ching Wei who was the team leader for the group of students.

The team took approximately 3 weeks to plan, design and construct the booth. Recalling back on the journey the team went through for this competition, Ching Wei shared: “Coordinating and managing 17 different individuals was not an easy task as each one of us had our own creative ideas on how to approach this competition. As a team, we wanted to incorporate all 17 ideas to produce the design for the booth and although there were frictions as times, we learnt to cooperate with each other and we successfully integrated each of our ideas to produce this award-winning structure. This is why our booth is named as #17. As the team leader, I was able to learn and experience first-hand the crucial skills a good leader should have which include communication, interpersonal, time management and problem solving. I am also very grateful that my lecturers not only shared their knowledge in architecture to help us but they provided their guidance in every stage of the planning and constructing #17.”

 

 

 

 

 
Mdm Looi Li Chin (left, holding an umbrella), Head of CPUS, accompanies Ms Kho Sok Kee (right), Vice President of TAR UC, while she releases the baby kois into the pond.


A lecturer releasing a baby koi into the pond


Two Foundation students together releasing the kois into the pond
16 March 2017
 
98 Baby Kois Released in Conjunction with TAR UC Foundation Day
 

On the morning of 24 February 2017, the Centre for Pre-University Studies (‘CPUS’) through the Debate Club, held an exciting event whereby 98 baby kois were released into the pond at the Waterfall Garden in conjunction with TAR UC Foundation Day. It was indeed a fun and lively occasion as everyone cheered to the release of the baby kois into the pond by Senior Officials of TAR UC, lecturers and students.

Mr. Teddy Nelson, Coordinator of the Debate Club, explained: “Baby kois are closely related to the Chinese culture and by releasing these fishes into the pond, it symbolises a new beginning and good luck as we commemorate the day our institution opened its doors to students for the very first time 48 years ago.”

The event was mainly a fund raising initiative by students of the Debate Club with the kois being sold at RM10 per fish prior to the event. The money collected would be donated to the TARC Student Welfare Fund or the Student Centre Building Fund. CPUS is actively encouraging students to donate to the University College while they are still students so that when they graduate, this habit of giving back would already have been inculcated in them.

 

 

 

 

 
The teams from Kuala Lumpur Main Campus with their mock cheques in the presence of Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, (standing fourth from left), President of TAR UC, Assoc Prof Dr Ng Swee Chin (standing second from left), Vice President of TAR UC, Assoc Prof Dr Yip Mum Wai (standing second from right) and academic staff from FEBE.


Team from TAR UC Penang Branch Campus with the mock cheque of their win (from left to right): Mr Poo Teng Soo, Mr Tai See Chew and Mr Nikalus Swee Shu Luing.

13 March 2017
 
TAR UC Teams Score Impressive Wins in MyTRIZ Competition 2016
 

TAR UC dominated in the MyTRIZ Competition 2016 when its team of students and lecturers took home the Grand Prize and four Merit Prizes. This would be the 5th time that TAR UC participated and won prizes in the annually held competition which took place on 26 November 2016.

The theme for the competition was ‘Develop Great Innovation with TRIZ’, which complements the competition’s objectives of encouraging the application of TRIZ systematic innovation methodology, cultivating the spirit of innovation and to generate awareness of TRIZ systematic innovation around the Asia region. In a nutshell, TRIZ is a structured process that uses algorithms to enhance creativity through the scientific application of methods and principles. It is used to solve complex technical problems and assist in generating higher quality solutions in less time. For the competition, participants were required to complete two parts. The first was solving a common day-to-day problem with a low cost product solution costing less than RM100 and the second part was to solve a more complex challenge or problem using the TRIZ methodology.

The team from TAR UC which bagged the Grand Prize of RM8,000 consists of Assoc Prof Dr Yip Mum Wai, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (‘FEBE’), Mr Naveeyindren Tangarajah, Lecturer from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, FEBE, and Lee Chen Yuek, a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Mechanical student. There were three teams from TAR UC Kuala Lumpur Main Campus who won Merit Prizes of RM1,000 each. One team consists of Dr Teoh Choe Yung, Lecturer from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, FEBE, as well as students studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Mechanical namely Morgan Tan Yii Hang and Sim Lee Ping. Another team was made up of Cheong Cheng Fai, Ang Cheng Heng, Chong Kah Loong who are students of the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Mechanical. The third team which won a Merit Prize comprises Assoc Prof Dr Yip Mum Wai, Ching Weng Gui, TAR UC Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Mechanical student and a working professional from Bosch Malaysia. Another Merit Prize winning team is from TAR UC Penang Branch Campus comprising Mr Nikalus Swee Shu Luing, Programme Leader (Computer Science & Information Technology), Mr Poo Teng Soo, Programme Leader (Building) and Mr Tai See Chew, Programme Leader (Engineering).

For Part 1 of the competition, the top team produced a dustpan that sucks in excess dirt which is usually left after sweeping most of the dirt. As for the rest of the teams which won merit prizes, their low cost product solutions comprised a screw with modified head to increase its durability, a special layer which can be fixed on top of a shower drain hole to ease the cleaning process of the hole, a modified folding emergency door meant for handless people and modifying a riveter to ensure the mandrel stem does not snap easily.

Meanwhile for part 2 of the competition, the top team created an industrial solution to minimize the number of damaged chips especially in the testing section, whereas the industrial solutions came forth from teams which won merit prizes included modification to a broom adapter to accurately fit into the broomstick to make it last longer, eliminate the noise of the drill which usually causes loud noise in low frequency, a new generation flush toilet system to reduce the volume of water by three quarters and reduction of noise level made by a strip brush machine.

 

 
A group photo of TAR UC’s Graphic & Multimedia Design students with Ms. Teng Sok Hooi, Associate Dean of Creative Arts, TAR UC (far right) as well as Mr. Foo Yi Chyuan, Mr. Jeremy Pinto and Mr. Bernard Kong, Creative Arts Academics of TAR UC (far left) at the sCooler Awards Ceremony, Publika.


Images: (1), (2), (3) & (5): TAR UC students posing with their design works. (4): Students presenting their work to panel industry professionals during The sCooler Awards Portfolio Review session.


Photos of TAR UC students and academics at the sCooler Awards ceremony.




9 March 2017
 
TAR UC’s Graphic & Multimedia Students Scoop Up Prizes in SCOOLER Awards Malaysia
 

On 24th February 2017, 18 aspiring young designers from TAR UC’s Graphic and Multimedia programmes were presented with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for their design works at the glittery award ceremony of Malaysia’s 1st sCooler Awards, which took place at Publika’s White Box, Black Box, MAP, in Kuala Lumpur. They were selected for the awards among students from 17 other colleges and universities nationwide.

The sCooler Awards competition was launched on 28th October 2016 and was divided into three categories – “Idea”, “Craft” and “Special” categories. The competition was judged by a panel of industry leaders representing various creative areas of expertise. During the award night, a series of talks was given by industry leaders – Mr. Stanley Clement from SOCIETY (IPG Mediabrands MY), Mr. VJ Anand from BBDO Malaysia, and Mr. Alvin Teoh from NAGA DDB.

During The sCooler Awards Portfolio Review session, students spent 15 minutes presenting their design portfolios to the panel of industry professionals face-to-face. They were divided into three per group and were required to present their work to three separate panels of judges in the judging hall.

During the sCooler Awards ceremony, Mr. Foo Yi Chyuan, TAR UC’s Creative Arts academic, who guided and supervised both Graphic and Multimedia students throughout the sCooler Awards art and design competition received a honourary “Lecturer of the Year” Award, while TAR UC’s Graphic and Multimedia students from both Bachelor and Diploma programmes won an unprecedented number of awards. Below is a list of TAR UC student winners:

Idea category

Best Digital - Burger Stack - Bronze

  • Nicholas Ng Hwa Ee – Bachelor of Multimedia  (Hons) in Multimedia Design

Craft category

Best Art Direction - KREIS - Finalist

  • Loh Soon Zheng – Bachelor of Design (Hons)
    in Graphic Design
  • Chua Pei Yin    – Diploma in Graphic Design
  • Lim Su Zhen    – Diploma in Graphic Design
  • Lim Chi Yi        – Diploma in Graphic Design

Best Typography - The Sagittarius & Co. - Bronze

  • Mohamad Iskandar Bin Che Zulkplee - Diploma of Graphic Design
  • Chai Vui Kian   – Diploma in Graphic Design
  • Ng Qiao Zhu     – Diploma in Graphic Design

Best Illustration - Digital - The Adventurer's Journal - Gold

  • Nicholas Ng Hwa Ee – Bachelor of Multimedia (Hons) in Multimedia Design

Best Illustration - Digital - What is the Process of Design Student Becoming a True Designer – Silver, and

Best Illustration - Digital - 21 Questions Designer Should Ask the Client - Bronze

  • Teo Poh Ling   – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design
  • Yap Hui Cen – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design
  • Tan Li Jing – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design

Best Photography - Twilight - Silver

  • Fong Yap Zhun – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design
  • Kam Weng Yan – Bachelor of Design             (Hons) in Graphic Design
  • Teo Poh Ling – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design
  • Yap Hui Cen – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design
  • Chan Xue Qi – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design
  • Tan Li Jing – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design

Special category

Best Work Inspired By Current Events - Safe-fie - Gold

  • Cheng Leong Wai – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design
  • Choy Yue Ling – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design
  • Quay Hui Ling – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design
  • Ng En Mei – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design

Student of the year

  • Teo Poh Ling – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design
  • Yap Hui Cen – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design
  • Tan Li Jing – Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Graphic Design

Lecturer of the year

  • Foo Yi Chyuan (TAR UC Creative Arts Academic)

“As an educator in arts and design, there are many good ways to influence and affect change in the world. One way is by providing our students the opportunity to shine so that they can learn through experience and exposure. The sCooler Awards is truly a remarkable platform for young designers to unleash their creativity and talent, as they are the vision and voice of tomorrow.” said Mr. Foo Yi Chyuan, a TAR UC Creative Arts academic.

 

 
A group photo of Mr. Kendy Mitot (front row: second from left) and his proud colleagues from TAR UC’s Creative Arts Department at his showcase in PETRONAS Art Gallery.


Mr. Kendy Mitot with his mixed media art installation – Bilayar Simonggi I’eng D’e Piobuo (The Last Voyage of the Souls/Spirits) and Tipaduak wood carving


Images (1) & (2) : Mr. Kendy Mitot interviewed by Selamat Pagi Malaysia (SPM), TV1, RTM. Image (3) : Mr. Kendy Mitot presents his mixed media art installation to viewers at the PETRONAS Art Gallery.


Artist : Kendy Mitot

Art Installation : Bilayar Simonggi I’eng D’e Piobuo (The Last Voyage of the Souls/Spirits) 2017

For those interested to view Mr Kendy Mitot’s art installation, details are as below.

Showing at :

PETRONAS Art Gallery

MANAH : Alam Pusaka Kehidupan | A Living Legacy

Curator : Prof. Madya Dr. Hj. Baharuddin Bin Modn Arus

Duration of exhibition: 14th February 2017 – 16th April 2017

Open from Tuesday - Sunday, from 10:00am - 8:00pm


8 March 2017
 
TAR UC Creative Arts Academic Showcases Artistic Expressions at PETRONAS Art Gallery, KLCC
 

Faint shadows of hovering native sailboats surfaced across one of the exhibition spaces within PETRONAS Art Gallery, KLCC, originating from a mixed media masterpiece delicately made from natural strands of sago frond, boyuh tree bark, rattan and binuak wood by Mr. Kendy Mitot, Creative Arts academic of TAR UC’s Faculty of Social Science, Arts & Humanities. Mr. Mitot’s art installation entitled "Bilayar Simonggi I’eng D’e Piobuo” (The Last Voyage of the Souls/Spirits), is an extension of his PhD research which focuses on embracing the indigenous values of the Bidayuh culture.

“Being an academic goes beyond just teaching. It is also about educating communities on the humanity aspect through our work so as to set examples for our younger generation,” said Mr. Mitot. Looking on were Mr. Mitot’s supportive colleagues and students from TAR UC who came to share in his awe-inspiring moment at the PETRONAS Art Gallery on 21st February 2017.

Mr. Mitot’s artwork resembles the Bidayuh’s ritual of journeying paddy spirits crossing into another realm to be reunited with the souls of their ancestors in the “Manah : Alam Pusaka Kehidupan (A Living Legacy)” exhibition by Prof. Madya Dr. Hj. Baharuddin Bin Modn Arus, curator for the Manah exhibition. Along with other local indigenous artists, Mr. Mitot’s art piece sheds light on aboriginal fine art through historical moments that incorporate Malaysian indigenous cultural design – a highly praised showcase at the PETRONAS Art Gallery.

“Mr. Mitot’s artwork is personal and yet modern. It resonates not just with the art world, giving viewers an insight into the indigenous worldview and healing - indeed a great stride for our Malaysian contemporary art,” said Ms. Tan Yar Shi, Programme Leader of Creative Arts.

 

 
Tan Xin Yin who emerged top in Malaysia and third in the world for paper P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics in the ACCA December 2016 examinations.








2 March 2017
 
TAR UC Student Emerges as Malaysia’s Top Scorer in ACCA Examination
 

The latest high achiever from TAR UC who has achieved exceptional results in the ACCA examinations is Tan Xin Yin. Xin Yin emerged as Top in Malaysia and Third in the World for paper P1 Governance, Risk and Ethics in the December 2016 examinations.

Xin Yin who graduated from TAR UC in November 2016 with a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) was extremely happy to receive the news. “I have put in a lot of effort in my preparation for the ACCA examinations. Besides my daily revision, I invested a lot of my time to practise answering past year examination questions which I obtained from TAR UC Library. I am also very appreciative of my lecturers for conducting intensive revision classes for me and my classmates. TAR UC’s Virtual Centre for Excellence in Professional Accountancy is another facility that was of great help in my revision as it contains relevant reading materials, past examination question papers and techniques on how to answer questions in the ACCA examinations,” she remarked.

The high achiever also shared her reasons of choosing to study in TAR UC and how her decision to study in TAR UC proved worth her while. “I chose to study in TAR UC because of its reputation as one of ACCA’s Platinum Approved Learning Partner. The 4 years that I spent in TAR UC was very fruitful for me as I have built a solid foundation in the area of accounting. Besides this, my lecturers are very knowledgeable in the subjects they teach and they ensure that the students are well-equipped with the latest trends in the profession. On top of this, as I was constantly required to do presentation in class, my communications skill has improved tremendously and this has helped me during my 6-month internship programme where I was required to engage with people from various levels,” she explained.

With all the skill sets and knowledge that Xin Yin obtained while studying in TAR UC, the high achiever is confident of soaring high in the corporate world. “I am currently working in an audit firm as an Audit Associate where I seek to gain working experience in auditing before I move forward in achieving my ambition to be a Chartered Accountant. A professional qualification from ACCA will certainly carry weight. However, it is a well-known fact that obtaining the ACCA professional qualification is challenging and time consuming, but with TAR UC’s Bachelor of Accounting (Hons), I was exempted from all 9 papers of the ACCA Fundamentals.  As such, I was able to pursue the ACCA Professional Level papers after I graduated. Having said this, I have to thank TAR UC for providing the solid foundation and the fastest route for me to obtain my ACCA qualification. I am now focused on completing the remaining ACCA Professional Level papers,” she said.

Tan Xin Yin’s success is another feather in TAR UC’s cap, as the institution has produced many high achievers in the ACCA examinations. TAR UC has received many accolades and recognition from ACCA which include amongst others, being recognised as the only institution in the world approved by ACCA to conduct the Internally Assessed ACCA Fundamentals (Skills Module) programme for all 9 modules of the ACCA fundamentals.