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Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

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Overview

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) is one of the leading private universities in Malaysia. It has constructed a strong reputation as a higher education institution which delivers outstanding results in both teaching and research.

The university offers over 120 programmes of study, which are delivered through nine distinct faculties, alongside three centres and three institutes for specialised work. UTAR is globally renowned for its excellence across a number of areas including science, engineering and technology, and humanities subjects. It places a strong focus on the importance of experiential learning, the development of soft skills and culture intelligence and the world-class research.

The university has invested heavily into an impressive Research, Development and Commercialisation initiative which has a global reach and enabled UTAR to construct a globalised network of research centres, with 34 centres now established worldwide. This clear focus on research and culture of innovation has also led to the Undergraduate Research Scheme enabling students to gain additional research project experience.

UTAR is a truly global university. It hosts over 22,000 students from all around the world and has close collaborative relationships with over 460 universities or industry partners worldwide. These connections yield impressive benefits for its graduates, seeing them achieve over a 95-97 per cent employability rate within six months of graduating from the university.

The university main campus is based at the Kamper Campus in Perak, surrounded by scenic mountainous terrain and lakes. There is also another campus at Sungai Long, which is a modern, well-equipped facility located a short distance from the international metropolis of Kuala Lumpur.

As a university which is rated as the number two university in Malaysia and amongst the top 600 worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, UTAR is an unbeatable choice for students who are looking for a world-class education.

Average tuition fees per year

Undergraduate
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RM19,410

Postgraduate
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RM28,080

Costs per year

Living costs

RM12,900

Campus accommodation

RM4,500

Why study here?

Why study here?

There are a lot of reasons to choose UTAR as your study abroad destination:

  • UTAR enjoys global recognition, ranking among the top 600 universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.  Students can visit the university website for more rankings information.
  • UTAR focuses on preparing students for a career in a globalised world.
  • The institution offers a multicultural and international learning environment, fostering social skills and global exposure in its students.
  • Students of UTAR benefit from its industry-focused education and gain exposure from internships, field trips, talks from industrialists and more.
  • UTAR also has a wide network of collaborations with other academic institutes, offering students study abroad programmes.
  • UTAR assists its students from non-English speaking countries by helping with the development of their English language skills required for academic programmes.
  • Students can also make use of many student support services including counselling and career guidance, a peer mentoring programme, pick-up service, healthcare services and a vast alumni community.      
Campuses

Campuses

UTAR has two campuses, namely the Kampar Campus in Perak and the Sungai Long Campus in the Klang Valley. The two campuses accommodate its faculties, as well as research institutes and study centres. Situated two hours away from Kuala Lumpur by road, the UTAR Kampar Campus is surrounded by scenic mountains, lakes and a stunning, serene environment that enriches the learning experience. Kampar town offers restaurants, shops and supermarkets and students on the campus get the best of both worlds. Besides the many lecture halls, Kampar Campus also boasts a multi-purpose sports hall and a library.

UTAR Sungai Long Campus is located in Bandar Sungai Long, a town near Kuala Lumpur. It is a modern campus with state-of-the-art facilities including a library, learning and teaching laboratories and workshops. The campus provides a tranquil and integrated environment to learn in the campus whereby students across all disciplines interact and learn together. Students can easily reach out to services such as banks, accommodation, healthcare centres, shopping malls, restaurants, and other entertainment in Kuala Lumpur city.

 

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

With more than 2,000 academic and administrative personnel, UTAR’s teaching standard is top-notch. All of its programmes are approved by Malaysia’s Ministry of Education and the university brings in over 120 professionals from various industries to guarantee that the programmes are updated to meet international standards. The curriculum is also up to date with the latest technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and subjects including big data and e-commerce.

UTAR constantly betters its quality of performance through a process called international benchmarking. The process involves more than 100 external examiners and a 120 strong industry advisory panel, from across the globe, engage in analysing ways to maintain world-class education at the institution.

UTAR’s undergraduate students gain unique exposure to industrial and research experience. They are given mandatory industrial training, which helps them relate their classroom knowledge to the real world. Students are also exposed to various research projects through the undergraduate research programme.
UTAR’s collaboration with over 460 university and industrial organisations across 30 economies gives its students global exposure experience via study abroad programmes, study trips, conferences and research projects.

Facilities

Facilities

UTAR provides students with the latest facilities that enhance learning experience, including research, practical and project labs that are equipped with over 3,000 computers and the latest software. Students can also benefit from the Wi-Fi, available anytime on the two campuses. The university’s two libraries are a hub of over 300,000 study materials including books, e-books and online journals. The library also organises an information skill class that trains students on how to look for information.

UTAR encourages student involvement in sports through numerous facilities on its campuses. Students can utilise courts and its sports complex to play badminton, tennis, basketball and squash. With a golf course, and swimming pool available off-campus, as well as dance studios and well-equipped gyms on-campus, there are a variety of fitness facilities to choose from at UTAR. 

UTAR’s campuses in Kampar and Sungai Long are located around residential towns, where students can find modern accommodation as close as 300 metres from the university campuses.

 

Student support

Student support

Being home to various nationalities, UTAR makes an effort to consistently come up with initiatives to enhance the international student experience. From enrolment to graduation, UTAR assists international students at every stage of their time at the university.

A few of the services that UTAR provides include a ‘meet and greet’ session at the airport for incoming first-year students and helping students settle in with accommodation. The university organises orientation programmes, with events and activities aimed to develop networking among new students.

Students can make the best of UTAR’s services by exploring the 78 student clubs and societies that are both academic and non-academic. The clubs cover areas such as sports; music; drama; film; yoga; and karatedo. Several inter-club and inter-university competitions enable students to develop their extra-curricular talents and interests.   

UTAR ensures the safety and security of its students within campus and takes care of students through several awareness campaigns on first aid, emergencies, stress management and more. Students can also reach out to the university’s confidential counselling services for emotional or personal help from licensed counsellors.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

UTAR enjoys a graduate employability rate of more than 95 per cent within six months of graduation. The university provides quality education to its students while developing their employable skills and knowledge that recruiters look for.

Furthermore, UTAR offers plenty of scope to gain practical exposure through its industrial visits, internships, and study abroad programmes conducted in collaboration with academic and industrial institutes worldwide. Students can utilise these options to develop contacts and acquire skills relevant to the industry.    

UTAR also provides students with the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Students can utilise the Unovate Centre, where they can come up with innovative business ideas and apply for funding. The university further organises entrepreneurship talk series, workshops, etc.

The university’s alumni community is made up of more than 67,000 people, most of whom are employed with established organisations. UTAR enables job placements for final year students and develops connections between alumni and students. As a part of this initiative, the university organises several career fairs and workshops, and updates students regularly with information about employment opportunities.

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Experience is Believing of the No. 2 Prestigious Uni

Mary, Malaysia

[A POST BY AN EX-STUDENT FROM UNIVERSITI MALAYA]
I was a student from Universiti Malaya, Malaysia's no. 1 university. I’m now in UTAR for my second degree, and honestly - I don't know what has the public been complaining about. The lecturers are so helpful. When I was in UM, the lecturers there were very arrogant and
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High standard examination

Chong, Malaysia

Even in level of foundation(science-P), the quality of exam paper is high, this definitely helps when foundation graduates enter respective degree courses. Hence this creates competitive study atmosphere.

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Key facts

Rankings

QS World University Rankings 2021
Source: QS

801st

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021
Source: THE

501st

English score required

Minimum IELTS Score

5.0Undergraduate

5.0Postgraduate

Minimum TOEFL IBT

42Undergraduate

42Postgraduate

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