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TAR University College Offers Dual Award Undergraduate Programmes with Coventry University

8 December 2014, KUALA LUMPUR – Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (‘TAR University College’) via its Faculty of Accountancy, Finance and Business, is collaborating with Coventry University, one of the leading universities in the UK, to offer the Dual Award undergraduate programmes. A launching ceremony was held today at TAR University College Kuala Lumpur Main Campus to officiate the Dual Award collaboration with an attendance of 160 invited guests, staff and students. Among the luminaries in the ceremony included Mr Paul Rennie, Deputy British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR University College, Dr David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice Chancellor for International Development at Coventry University and Mr Gavin Anderson, Country Director of British Council Malaysia.

Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (left), President of TAR University College, shaking hands with Dr David Pilsbury (right), Deputy Vice Chancellor for International Development, Coventry University, as they are holding up the signed agreement between the two institutions, while Mr Paul Rennie (centre), the Deputy British High Commissioner to Malaysia looks on.
Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (left), President of TAR University College, shaking hands with Dr David Pilsbury (right), Deputy Vice Chancellor for International Development, Coventry University, as they are holding up the signed agreement between the two institutions, while Mr Paul Rennie (centre), the Deputy British High Commissioner to Malaysia looks on.

The Dual Award arrangement is the key outcome from the synergistic partnership between the two respected institutions from the east and west.  This innovative arrangement paves the way for students to study wholly in TAR University College and obtain two tertiary qualifications, a Bachelor’s degree from TAR University College and Coventry University respectively, upon successful completion of the programmes covered in the Dual Award arrangement.

The programmes offered at TAR University College that will be conferred Dual Award are the Bachelor of Finance and Investment (Hons), Bachelor of Banking and Finance (Hons), Bachelor of Economics (Hons), Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons), Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Bachelor of Business (Hons) in International Business, Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Human Resource Management and Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Entrepreneurship.

In addition to the Dual Award, students also have the option to study one semester at Coventry University in the UK

Mr Paul Rennie (6th from left), the Deputy British High Commissioner, Dr David Pilsbury (5th from left), Deputy Vice Chancellor for International Development, Coventry University, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (7th from left), President of TAR University College and senior officials from  TAR University College, Coventry University and British High Commission, taking a group photo.
Mr Paul Rennie (6th from left), the Deputy British High Commissioner, Dr David Pilsbury (5th from left), Deputy Vice Chancellor for International Development, Coventry University, Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok (7th from left), President of TAR University College and senior officials from TAR University College, Coventry University and British High Commission, taking a group photo.

to provide students the international exposure and UK learning experience. This will broaden the students’ perspectives to be global-minded and at the same time, increase their employability and competitive advantage in the working world.

The Deputy British High Commisioner to Malaysia, Mr Paul Rennie, in his speech, said: “Transnational education is now a global phenomenon which has grown exponentially in the past ten years and the UK is a world leader in this. In 2009, 190,000 students completed a British qualification overseas, currently the figure is over 408,000 and the British Council predicts it will rise to 800,000 by 2020.”

Datuk Dr Tan Chik Heok, President of TAR University College, in his welcome speech emphasised the need for transnational partnership in today’s globalised economy as part of TAR University College’s internationalisation initiative.  He said: “As the world becomes borderless, the demand for greater workforce mobility calls for education with international dimension and global outlook. The Dual Award collaboration between TAR University College and Coventry University is the answer to this paradigm shift towards globalisation and internationalisation of education to develop high calibre graduates who thrive in the diversity of cultures and driven by global mindset.”

A photo of the entire ensemble who are at the Auditorium to witness the launching ceremony of the TAR UC – Coventry University Dual Award programmes.
A photo of the entire ensemble who are at the Auditorium to witness the launching ceremony of the TAR UC – Coventry University Dual Award programmes.

“The Dual Award collaboration reflects the partnership driven by the synergy between the two institutions. We certainly take pride in collaborating with Coventry University which is an established and award-winning university in the UK”, he continued.

Founded in 1843 as Coventry College of Design and evolved to become a university in 1992, Coventry University has emerged as one dynamic and progressive institution in terms of its global focus. Coventry University has been a recipient for many institutional awards such as, “Modern University of the Year 2015” for the second year running and “University of the Year for Student Experience 2015”  by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 and most recently, the 2014 European Association for International Education (‘EAIE’) Award for Innovation in Internationalisation.

Dr David Pilsbury, Deputy Vice Chancellor for International Development at Coventry University, in his address said: “Our two institutions have much in common. We have shared ambition to offer quality higher education and innovative programmes focused on the world of work. Coventry graduates are highly employable and this is matched by TAR University College’s focus on employability and providing the skills required in the competitive global economy”.

For more information on the Dual Award programmes with Coventry University, do visit TAR University College during our December Open Day on 12 – 14 December 2014 from 9.30am to 5.00pm or drop by TAR University College booths at all major education fairs nationwide.

About TAR University College

TAR University College, formerly known as TAR College, is a premier institution of higher learning in Malaysia with a track record of excellence for over four decades. Its brand is synonymous with holistic education and it is well recognised locally and internationally among the academic fraternity and professional bodies. The University College has educated more than 170,000 graduates many of whom are the eminent leaders in various industries.

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