It is with great pleasure that I pen the foreword for UTAR R&D Annual Report 2013. As UTAR forges ahead in the creation, preservation and dissemination of knowledge, it is heartening to note that the university continues to chart steady progress ever since obtaining Tier 5 (Excellent) status in SETARA 2011. The multiple attention-grabbing headlines on our staff and students’ achievements, especially in the realm of R&D and Commercialisation, reinforce the fact that UTAR has embarked on the right course to become a premier university of teaching and research excellence as envisaged.
The university has experienced rapid physical expansion and growth in student population since its inauguration in 2002. From an initial intake of 411 students, UTAR is now home to more than 24,000 students and an alumni base of more than 33,000. The high graduate employability rate of over 97% reinforces the fact that UTAR is an eminent choice among Malaysian populace and employers due to its high quality teaching and research.
Looking at this annual report, it is evident that the university continues to attain great heights which are propelled by its integrated approach to promote R&D and Commercialisation activities. Realising the importance of R&D in its mission to be a premier university, UTAR has initiated a comprehensive framework and infrastructure to aid the advancement of R&D output into eventual implementation and commercialisation stages.
I am delighted to provide the following highlights:
2013 was a fruitful year for UTAR especially in the areas of R&D and Commercialisation. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate every UTAR staff, especially our researchers, for a job well done. As we move forward to embrace the challenges of a brand new year, we must not be complacent but continue to strive harder to reach greater heights and render UTAR a top-rated university of teaching and research excellence.
With warm regards,
Ir. Prof. Academician Dato. Dr. Chuah Hean Teik
University Tunku Abdul Rahman