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(File pix) TAR UC students participating in a class activity together with students from University of Suwon.
(File pix) TAR UC students participating in a class activity together with students from University of Suwon.

MALAYSIA has made headlines in sports particularly through recent achievements in the 2017 Sea Games and Asean Para Games as well as the 2016 Olympics.

The 2017 Sea Games saw Malaysia winning 144 gold, 92 silver and 86 bronze, emerging as the overall champion while in the Asean Para Games, Malaysia took home 90 gold, 85 silver and 84 bronze, catapulting it to the second spot overall.

In an extraordinary feat and a showcase of world-class performance, Malaysia won 4 silver and 1 bronze in the 2016 Olympic Games, which was a first in the history of our country.

Following this success, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak expressed his aspiration for Malaysia to become a powerhouse in sports as he saw the potential in young Malaysians.

It was announced in the 2018 Budget that the Government will allocate RM1 billion to implement initiatives to turn Malaysia into a sports juggernaut. This is, by far, the biggest amount for sports.

This presents a vast opportunity for sports-related education to develop trained professionals, who are able to nurture and guide future sportsmen. At Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC), potential students have the choice to pursue Sports and Exercise Science at both Diploma and Bachelor’s degree levels.

TAR UC is one of the few higher learning institutions which offer such programmes at tertiary level.

TAR UC’s Sports and Exercise Science programme equips students with both theoretical and practical knowledge, which includes opportunities for overseas study trips to learn from experts from other countries and institutes.

In May last year, 14 students and four lecturers from the Sports and Exercise Science programme participated in a study tour to Seoul, South Korea. The one-week study tour consisted of visits to two institutes of higher learning in South Korea, which were the Korea National Sports University and University of Suwon.

One of the highlights of the study tour was the visit to the Seoul Olympic Park, the home of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, which has an impressive sports facility and houses the country’s largest sports arena. The park includes modern, state-of-the-art stadiums, an eco-friendly forest and huge fields.

For TAR UC student Aaron Ooi, who is pursuing his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Sports and Exercise Science, the visit to the Korea National Sports University and University of Suwon was an eye-opener and a truly unforgettable experience.

“It was an amazing experience to have the opportunity to attend the classes conducted in the University of Suwon. I gained invaluable experience on Koreans’ study culture. I had the opportunity to communicate with the students there and share my thoughts and views on Sports and Exercise Science.

“In addition to this, the visit to the Korea National Sports University enabled me to observe the many sophisticated and modern sports equipment available there and all this experience provided me an insight into the sports development in these institutions.

Visiting these institutions has also deepened my knowledge on the best practices put in place by the South Koreans such as their high level of discipline and commitment to excelling in their studies and sports,” he noted.

Learn more about TAR UC’s Sports and Exercise Science programme at TAR UC’s booth at all major education fairs. Alternatively, visit www.tarc.edu.my. Attractive scholarships are also available at TAR UC on the basis of academic merit and sibling discount for qualified students.

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