It is with great pleasure that I pen this foreword for the UTAR R&D
Annual Report 2014.
As UTAR forges ahead with the Strategic 10-Year Plan and the completion of our City Campus in Sungai Long, more positive changes are anticipated ahead, especially after the consolidation of our Klang Valley campuses in Sungai Long where the integration of resources, facilities and services will lead to more efficiency and better networking.
UTAR will continue to focus on excellence in research and development and enhance support for both staff and student to progress further to ensure that UTAR is on the right course to becoming a premier university of teaching and research excellence. The new Mary Kuok Library in our City Campus will provide the required resources to support this initiative.
The university has achieved rapid growth over the years and UTAR now has more than 24,000 students and an alumni base of more than 38,000. The university will continue with its collaborations with more than 180 local and foreign partners to provide the required training and experience for our staff and students in addition to the knowledge exchange that comes with research project collaborations.
I am delighted to provide the following highlights in UTAR R&D Annual Report 2014:
As UTAR forges ahead with progress, the university plans to set up a new teaching hospital in Kampar that will not only provide an excellent research, teaching and clinical training hub for our medical students but also provide medical services to the community.
The years ahead will be fraught with challenges but the university will continue with its commitment towards research excellence and continue to support R & D activities that will help train our students and staff to be better and be recognized as leaders in their field of study.
With warm regards,
Ir. Prof. Academician Dato. Dr. Chuah Hean Teik
University Tunku Abdul Rahman