Utar graduates can look forward to better facilities
THE plan to have a town within Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman’s main campus in Kampar will soon be a reality with the completion of the second phase of development.
Utar president Prof Datuk Dr Chuah Hean Teik said the final project under the second phase was the grand convocation hall which is expected to be completed by October this year.
“After that, we will work towards realising our ‘town-in-university’ concept on a 113.31ha piece of land within the campus.
“There will be hostels for students and lecturers, a cinema, a shopping complex, and an area for small-medium enterprises to kick-start their businesses,” he revealed.
Dr Chuah, however, said details of the third phase had yet to be finalised.
Starting October this year, students can look forward to wearing their graduation robes and mortarboards at the scenic Kampar campus after the convocation hall is ready.
“All Utar students will have their convocation in Kampar after this.
“The multipurpose hall will have a maximum seating capacity of 4,000 and can also be used to host examinations,” Dr Chuah said, adding that the university was still considering if it should also be used as badminton courts.
He said the hall would be named after Utar council chairman Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik in appreciation of the latter’s contribution towards the university.
“The name was decided by the Board of Council and Trustees without his knowledge,” Dr Chuah added.
News of the new convocation venue have got many Utar students, especially those studying in Kampar, all excited.
Chinese Studies student Low Wei En, 23, said her dream of graduating in Kampar would soon come true.
“This gives my parents the chance to visit the campus I am studying in.
“It would not be possible if the convocation was held in Kuala Lumpur,” said Low, who is from Segamat, Johor.
Psychology student Sor Lee Ting said the Kampar campus had a special place in her heart since she had spent the last three years studying there.
“It will be a memorable experience to come back for one last time for my convocation,” said the 24-year-old lass from Bidor.
Although it would be more convenient if his convocation were held in Kuala Lumpur, Kajang lad Tung Jin Tser said he did not mind travelling all the way to Kampar for it.
The 23-year-old marketing student said he was looking forward to taking photographs with friends and family at the beautiful campus.
The Kampar campus is surrounded by breathtaking mountains and a number of beautiful man-made lakes.