Building a solid foundation for degree studies

Students have benefitted immensely from the Foundation in Arts programme

11 Feb 2020 / 10:41 H.

KOW WEI SHAN is one of the many students who undertook a Foundation in Arts, offered by the Centre for Pre-University Studies (CPUS) of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC).

The programme has produced many students of good standing including Kow, who went through the programme in 2016 and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Finance and Investment (Hons) at TAR UC.

Speaking about her experience, Kow said the programme helped her build a strong foundation before she embarked on the Bachelor degree programme.

On what prompted her to pursue the Foundation programme at TAR UC, Kok said: “After I first visited the campus, I fell in love with the green environment and how big the campus was. With the affordable fee structure, compared to other local institutions, studying at TAR UC was the choice for me.

“My foundation experience was fun! I made friends who come from different backgrounds and some even came from overseas. In the course of my studies, I understood how each person works differently and how we complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses in working as a group for assignments and presentations,” she said.

“From the start of our programme, all of us had to form teams to do assignments, presentations and discussions. Teamwork was the order of the day. It is not only important to be able to communicate and work with others, but you need to be able to do it well. Foundation really provided me with the basics and gave me a firm footing before I embarked on my degree programme.”

Speaking about her lecturers, Kow described them as fun and attentive.

“Maybe it was part of the culture or environment at TAR UC. Lecturers here would help as much as they can, but only as much as we allow them to,” she said.

Kow said she likes to find a balance between her studies and non-academic-related activities. “I always take notes during classes. My notes are always filled with additional pencil notes. And for me, that is the best way to study. Go to class, listen, note it down in my own words and I will remember them,” she revealed.

Apart from doing well in her studies, this young lass is also actively involved in extracurricular activities. “I got a taste of being a council member of the Student Representative Council (‘SRC’) in the first year of my studies here. I will always remember it and I love being able to work with a group of fellow students to achieve a goal in making campus life better for all. Up until now, as the President of SRC, there are still changes that I wish to make. I do not believe I have done enough yet, so my heart is still very much in it.”

TAR UC offers a variety of Foundation programmes to prepare SPM school leavers for tertiary education and beyond. Apart from the Foundation in Arts, TAR UC offers five other Foundation programmes namely, the Foundation in Science, Foundation in Engineering, Foundation in Accounting, Foundation in Business and Foundation in Computing.

To find out more about TAR UC’s Foundation programmes, please visit TAR UC’s Open Day happening from March 5 to 29, from 9pm to 5pm (including weekends) at all TAR UC campuses nationwide in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Perak, Johor, Pahang and Sabah, or booths at major education fairs nationwide.

Visit TAR UC’s website at for more information on programmes. Attractive scholarships are also available at TAR UC on the basis of academic merit and sibling discount for qualified students.

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