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  Mar 1968
YABhg Tun Tan Siew Sin, the President of MCA proposed the establishment of Tunku Abdul Rahman College in the MCA General Assembly.
   
Jul 1968
Press announcement on the establishment of TAR College by the Minister of Education, YBhg Tan Sri Mohamed Khir Johari in the presence of YBhg Tan Sri Khaw Kai-Boh, Chairman of the Working Team and committee members.

The Prime Minister, Y T M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, graciously assented to the College being named after him.
   
24 Feb 1969 - Foundation Day
The College commenced operations with the pioneer intake of 320 students at the School of Pre-University Studies.
   
  April 1971
Establishment of the School of Business Studies, where the Diploma in Commerce students were prepared simultaneously for the examinations of ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), UK. The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), UK. In 1978, the School introduced the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK examinations.
   
  June 1972
Establishment of the Extra-Mural Studies Department (EMSD).
   
  June 1972
Establishment of the School of Technology and School of Arts and Science.
   
Sep 1972 - College Establishment Day
YABhg Tun Hussein Onn, Minister of Education handed the Instrument of Government to YABhg Tun Tan Siew Sin, President of the College at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur. This instrument provided the legal framework for the administration of the College.
   
Feb 1973
A 191acres of land in Setapak, KL was approved by the Government for the construction of the TAR College Main Campus.
   
Aug 1973
Y T M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, planting a tree to commemorate the ground breaking ceremony for the permanent campus of the College in KL.
   
  May 1974
The first batch of students under the School of Arts and Science for the BSc (External) University of London Examinations. TAR College phased out the University of London course by 1980, after the University of London terminated its BSc (Honours) External Degree worldwide. A total of 296 students from TAR College had graduated from this programme.
   
Jan 1975
Three British experts, Prof W. D. Ryan, Department of Electronics, Queen’s University of Belfast, Prof F. D. Hales, Department of Surface Transport and Dr G. G. Lucas, Department of Transport Technology, both of Loughborough University of Technology, UK inspected the building site at the Main Campus, Kuala Lumpur.

Together with the assistance of the British Council and the Council for Technical Education and Training for Overseas Countries, British academics including these three experts advised on the College new courses and curriculum development.

By 1976, the College became one of the first institutions of higher learning in the country to offer professional, sub-professional and technical courses.
   
Jan 1977
Completion of the phase 1 College Complex in Kuala Lumpur.
   
Jan 1979
A walkathon was held to raise funds for the TAR College Student Loan Fund.
   
May 1979
The College Council approved the establishment of an institutional tripartite linkage between TAR College, Campbell University, North Carolina, USA and Ulster Polytechnic, Northern Ireland, UK. Under the Tripartite Association, a Centre for Arts and Science was established under the School of Arts and Science of TAR College to administer the Bachelor of Science (BS), Campbell University degree programme.
   
Feb 1979 - Reaching the 10th Anniversary Mark
The 10th Anniversary celebration graced by Y T M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj and YABhg Tun Tan Siew Sin.
   
  1981
Commencement of the construction of the Phase 2 building project on the Kuala Lumpur Main Campus which comprised a tutorial block, workshops, a student centre and a canteen.
The expansion was necessary to meet the increasing demand for places of study at the College.

The student enrolment in 1980 stood at 6,272, a ninefold increase since the inception of the College in 1969.
   
Feb 1982
The College held its first Convocation Ceremony at Wisma MCA, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
   
24 February 1989 - 20th Anniversary Celebration
Our 20th Anniversary celebration included Pesta, fashion and cultural shows, lion dance performances and an academic exhibition. The Campus was opened to the public to view the College facilities.
   
Jun 1992
A Taxithon was held where 3,000 taxi drivers from 21 associations and companies took part in the fund-raising.
   
Oct 1992
YABhg Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik flagged off a Walkathon in the Main Campus, Kuala Lumpur.
   
Nov 1992
YABhg Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik launched the nationwide TAR College Torch Run in the Main Campus. The run was organised by MCA Youth and the Federation of TAR College Alumni Associations.
   
Oct 1997
YABhg Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik received a cheque in conjunction with the 7-day Motorthon fund-raising project for the Perak and Johor Branch Campuses.
   
Nov 1997
A TAR College Scholarship scheme was introduced.
   
Jan 1998
Commencement of the Perak Branch Campus in Kampar.
   
Jun 1999
TAR College Penang purpose-built Campus at Tanjong Bungah was officially launched by YABhg Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, the Deputy Prime Minister.
   
Jul 1999
The Johor Branch Campus was officially launched by YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Minister of Education.
   
1995
The Main Campus Library moved into a new building. The Library was installed with a new library management system, the Virginia Tech Library Sysatem (VTLS).
   
1995
Completion of College hall with a capacity of 2,000.
   
Apr 1996
The Clubhouse comprises two meeting rooms, a multi-purpose hall, two squash courts, a gymnasium, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a learner’s pool and a poolside cafeteria.
   
May 1998
Completion of 10 blocks of 5-storey hostels with 1,000 rooms under a Built-Operate-and-Transfer (B.O.T) basis.
   
1999
With the validation of the College Advanced Diploma programmes by Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), UK, the College Advanced Diploma graduates were accepted by SHU to complete a one-semester honours conversion programme for the award of relevant honours bachelor degree by SHU.

This strategic partnership has spanned more than 10 years with a total number of 5,209 TAR College students enrolled on the Summer Semester Programme by June 2009.
   
Aug 1999
The College held its Alumni Homecoming on a grand scale for its 30th Anniversary. It attracted 600 alumni and their families.
   
Dec 1999
The Centre for Continuing & Professional Education (CPE) officially established to provide continuing professional education and lifelong learning opportunities to College staff, alumni and the public.
   
2000
The Clubhouse and Block W which houses the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education.
   
2000
Rumah Tetamu comprises 20 single and 11 twin sharing rooms. The fully furnished rooms are air-conditioned with attached bathroom and internet access.
   
2002
TAR College developed a collaborative partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to facilitate the LJMU honours degree for the College Advanced Diploma graduates to pursue a one-semester honours degree conversion programme at LJMU.
   
May 2003
YABhg Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi, the Deputy Prime Minister officiated the Perak purpose-built campus.
   
2004
Completion of six large lecture theatres, each with a seating capacity of 350 students.
   
2004
The Sports Complex comprises three rooftop tennis courts, six badminton courts, four volleyball courts, a basketball court, a netball court and two multi-purpose halls.
   
Aug 2002
Based on TAR College 33 years of successful track record, the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) extended an invitation to MCA to form a university. A working team comprising TAR College staff prepared the working papers for the formation of the university, named as Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR).
   
Nov 2004
YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Chairman of College Council and President of MCA launched the Lifelong Learning Programme at Wisma MCA, KL.
   
Jul 2004
YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Chairman of College Council officiated the 35th Anniversary Carnival.
   
Dec 2004
The Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA) awarded maximum exemption that is normally accorded to the relevant (Honours) degree qualifications of universities to TAR College Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Business Management) graduates.
   
Dec 2004
The launching of the College Motto “We Serve, We Lead, We Excel” during a Staff Dinner by YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Chairman of College Council and Ms Yoong Lai Thye, College Principal.

The Motto is to inculcate a set of work values in the staff on commitment to bringing quality education to all Malaysians, cultivating self-disciplines and exemplary actions in working as a team for desired achievements.
   
Aug 2005
Mr Allen Blewitt, Chief Executive of ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), presented the ACCA Premier Plus Status Award to Ms Yoong Lai Thye, Principal of TAR College.
   
Dec 2005
YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Chairman of College Council, who is also a College alumnus donated funds to set up the TARC-Toh Kim Eng Student Loan Fund in memory of his late mother.
   
Aug 2007
TAR College was awarded the Platinum Status, the highest level of accreditation from ACCA. The College also celebrated 20 years of excellence as an ACCA Approved Partner offering Internally Assessed programme since 1987. TAR College is the only institution outside of UK and Ireland to be accorded this special privilege to conduct the ACCA Internally Assessed programme and remain so to this day.
   
Aug 2008
TAR College hosted the inaugural International Conference on Learning and Teaching at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel.
   
Nov 2008
This visit by the ICSA International President and Chief Executives recognises TAR College as a key institutional stakeholder that has consistently achieved excellent performance in ICSA examination and also the largest education provider of Malaysia’s much needed pool of company secretaries.
     
  Mar 2009 – TARC 40th Anniversary Celebrations – Marking “40 Years of Excellence”
YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, Chairman of College Council officiated the 40th Anniversary Logo with a Pictorial Exhibition on Open Day.
     
  May 2009
YBhg Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman of Resorts World Bhd presented a RM 1million cheque for the TARC-Tan Sri (Dr.) Lim Goh Tong Student Loan Fund, a fund established in memory of his late father.
   
May 2009
TAR College has entered into an academia-industry collaboration with Gamuda Bhd to conduct a trainee Quantity Surveyors programme. An MoA was signed on 30 March 2009 whereby TAR College conducts a part-time Diploma in Technology (Quantity Surveying) programme to train trainee quantity surveyors for Gamuda Bhd.
   
Aug 2009
A Book Loan Scheme, the first of its kind in the College in terms of book loan assistance to College students, was made possible through the contribution of RM 75,000 from Madam Tan Siok Choo, daughter of the Founder and first President of TAR College, the late YABhg Tun Tan Siew Sin.
   
Aug 2009
TAR College signed a MoU with the International Centre of Cake Artistry (ICCA). The MoU marks the beginning of a strategic relationship between TAR College ad ICCA on cake-baking and certification course under the Wilton School of Cake Decorating, USA and Squires Kitchen, UK.
   
Sep 2009
TAR College won the Best NATP (Novell Academic Training Partner) 2009 Award which was presented at the NATP Summit.
   
Oct 2009
MoU Signing Ceremony between NCL Solutions and TAR College on SUSE Linux Innovation Club Evangelist (SLICE) Linkage and Collaboration, thereby enabling College students to be in the domain of SUSE Linux members club, to be eligible for various competitions and internships for more practical exposure and dynamic learning.
   
Nov 2009
MoU Signing Ceremony between TAR College and IME Trading Sdn Bhd on Academia-Industrial Research Collaboration.
     
  Nov 2009 – Soft Launch of the Cyber Centre: Communication & Technology Centre (CITC) at the KL Main Campus
The Cyber Centre with a built-up area of 100,000 square feet provides an ideal environment to facilitate innovative ICT practices and applications and to nurture the creativity of individuals and the College as a whole.
     
    Dec 2009 – MoU between TAR College and Canon
TAR College signed a MoU with Canon Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd on additional benefits for the recipients of the Canon-Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman (KTAR) Education Fund, whereby the graduates would enjoy priority in job applications at Canon Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd.
     
  Master Plan for New Infrastructure - A New Administration Building
The 6- storey administration building, targeted to be completed by June 2010 is part and parcel of the ongoing developments in the master plan to improve the College facilities and services.

It will house an auditorium and an exhibition hall, besides being the administrative nerve- centre.
     
  January 2010
TAR College won the BrandLaureate SMEs Chapter Awards 2009. The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation has awarded the College with the coveted award in Corporate Branding – Best Brands in Education- College category.
   
March 2010
TAR College signed a MoU with AXP Solutions Sdn Bhd, an established IT company to incorporate the IT based auditing software, “Audit Express” (AE) into the College accounting curriculum.
   
March 2010
TAR College signed a MoU with DL Consultancy, the authorised distributor for BPP Learning Materials on the ACCA programmes. This partnership brings the wealth of expertise, training and revision kits to enhance the learning and teaching of ACCA programme.
   
March 2010
TAR College has collaborated with its UK academic partner, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) on technical support and expertise for its first research centre, called the Advanced Engineering Research Centre (AERC). The objective is to become a centre of excellence in Malaysia for innovation, teaching, research and application of advanced engineering concepts in the industry.
   
March 2010
TAR College participated in the International Science Education Development Project (SED) Project launched by University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education. The College has been selected as one of the collaborative partners in the € 1 million project to address the issue of gender and cultural diversity in science education for young people.
   
June 2010
TAR College signed an MOA with the Malaysian Financial Planning Council (MFPC) remarked as an education provider of MFPC; offering the Registered Financial Planner (RFP) and the Shariah Registered Financial Planner programmes to students.
   
June 2010
ACCA Study Grant is to provide financial assistance to deserving Advanced Diploma in Commerce (Financial Accounting) cum ACCA students in the School of Business Studies. The recipient of this Study Grant will receive cash sponsorship of RM10, 000.00 from ACCA and a waiver of tuition fees for the two-year Advanced Diploma programme.
   
June 2010
TAR College collaborates with KPMG to offer KPMG Soft Skills Development Programme with the tagline of “Best Educate Success Talent” to mould the Advanced Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting) students to be well-rounded and positive minded individuals.
   
June 2010
TAR College launched the ACCA-TARC Annual Student Conference 2010 with the theme “The Reality of Dreams”. The conference which has 2 sessions; a Forum and a Business Game, aimed to help students to strengthen their interests in the accounting profession and to chart a career in accountancy.
   
July – August 2010
YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, TAR College Chairman, Dr Tan Chik Heok, College Principal and Mr Chan Kum Wing, College Vice-Principal visited the UK universities to embark on strategic partnerships and to establish links with UK educational institutions.
   
July 2010
TAR College celebrated the academic success of about 6,500 diploma graduates in this year’s convocation. There were nine ceremonies, out of which five were held on 17, 18 and 24 July at KL Main Campus, and the other four ceremonies were each held at the respective branch campuses i.e. Sabah branch campus on 15 May, Penang branch campus on 26 June, Johor branch campus on 3 July and Perak Branch Campus on 19 July.
   
October 2010
TAR College Advanced Diploma in Mass Communication (Public Relations) students initiated Green campaign which is “ECOnnect”, a phone-recycling-cum-environmental awareness campaign. It has led to a MoU signing and sponsorship agreement with Nokia. The success of “ECOnnect” has prompted Nokia to place eight units of mobile-phone recycling bins in the college to collect, properly manage and disposal of used phones and accessories.
   
October 2010
TAR College organised its bi-annual International Conference on Learning & Teaching which was attended by 300 people from United Kingdom, Unites State of America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, South Africa and Bahrain.

The conference served as a platform to promote collaboration, discussion and sharing knowledge on latest methodologies in teaching and assessment as well as impact of technology in higher education landscape.
   
December 2010
TAR College organized Open Day from 17 to 19 December 2010 at the all the branches for SPM and STPM students. The KL Campus open day was held in the TAR College Sports Complex which saw participation of its five schools of studies and various student societies to make the event a lively one.

TAR College was also spotted in the FACON Education Fair and the Education & Further Studies Fair which also happened over the weekend.
   
January 2011
TAR College students were awarded with the coveted KPMG Education Trust Fund Loans based on their high performances.
   
January 2011
TAR College offers scholarship to academic staff to further studies in Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), Scotland for nine months.
   
February 2011
TAR College continues to excel in Professional Accountancy Education with ACCA Platinum Status. The Award is the highest level of accreditation from ACCA to universities and colleges globally under the ACCA’s Approved Learning Partners – student tuition programme.
   
April 2011
TAR College signed a MoU with National Instruments (NI), garnering RM 1.8 million worth of sponsorship in NI’s Labview software.

This partnership also building platforms for students and staff, specifically from the School of Arts & Science (SAS), and the experts of NI to mutually share the latest technologies and experiences in virtual instrumentation applications for test, control and design areas through collaborations in research & development, workshops, seminars, training sessions and projects.
   
April 2011
TAR College launched the pioneer Metaverse laboratory in Malaysia to focus on the research & development of interactive virtual 3D online environment. TAR College also signed a MoU with pioneer and cutting edge partner, Innotech 360 Sdn Bhd to collaborate on Metaverse research and development projects.
   
June 2011
TAR College signed MOA with University College Birmingham (UCB), UK which leads to a flexible pathway for students to pursue Bachelor and Master Degree in UCB.
   
June 2011
The late Tun Tan Siew Sin’s family contributed RM2 million to set up the TARC-Tun Tan Siew Sin Student Loan Fund.
   
July 2011
TAR College celebrated the Campbell University Convocation for its 348 students from School of Arts and Science who have completed the US Campbell University Bachelor of Science Degree programmes.

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Campbell University, Dr Dwaine Greene presented the scroll to all the graduands and congratulated them for attaining great achievements.
   
July 2011
TAR College signed MoU with Birmingham City University (BCU) which offers wider choices of course for Advanced Diploma in Commerce programme.

Under the Progression Agreement, the students who successfully complete all designated modules in the Executive Development Programme (EDP) at TARC will be considered for progression into the Postgraduate Diploma Stage of the MSc Accountancy and Finance (CIMA Pathway) at Birmingham City University, UK.
   
July 2011
TAR College signed MoU with IBM and jointly launched the IBM Center of Excellence which would help to train students in IBM software technology as well as to gain the professional IBM certification. It is part of IBM Academic Initiative project which aims to develop knowledge and skills of IT personnel and students.
   
August 2011
TAR College signed a MoU with Khind-Mistral Industries Sdn. Bhd., which benefit TARC students and staff specifically from the School of Technology (SOT) and the experts of Khind-Mistral Industries in the areas of R&D projects related to applied research and consultancy such as designing, prototyping, manufacturing process and also human capital development and training.
   


September 2011
TAR College paid tribute to the founding fathers; the late Tun Tan Siew Sin and the late Tan Sri Khaw Kai Boh by naming the new administrative building and Block A after the respective founders.

The historical event for TARC was launched by YB Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting. Bangunan Tun Tan Siew Sin and Bangunan Tan Sri Khaw Kai Boh are the two iconic buildings in the campus landscape. The establishment of new TARC gallery depicts the history, milestone and achievements of the College for more than four decades.