Nurturing well-rounded Chinese studies graduates

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MANDARIN, China’s official language, is one of the most widely used languages in the world today.


It comes as no surprise, given that China not only serves as a crucial trading partner for numerous Asian countries but also plays a significant role as one of the key players in the global economy.

It is also home to multinational giants like Alibaba Group and Huawei, and is continuously expanding its manufacturing and export network.

An increasing number of international companies are actively seeking professionals proficient in the Chinese language, providing a significant advantage to individuals who possess familiarity with Chinese society and culture.

In response to this increasing demand, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)’s Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) is currently offering a comprehensive range of subjects in its Bachelor of Art (Honours) Chinese Studies programme.

Structured towards academic performance and skills in critical thinking, the programme aims to produce graduates that can cater to the needs of various professions inside and outside the country.

The program encompasses subjects revolving around Chinese history and Chinese literature, modern Chinese language, Malaysian Chinese literature, an introduction to Chinese printing and publication, as well as theory and practice of translation among the many.

According to the dean of UTAR ICS, assoc prof Dr Chong Siou Wei, prospective students can go beyond acquiring knowledge in lecture halls.

They will have the opportunity to engage in various activities such as talks, conferences, literature weeks, postgraduate research presentations, international student exchange programs, and community projects, which enable students to enhance their soft skills and gain valuable experience.


“Having acknowledged the globalisation and the rapid growth of China in transition, students get to familiarise themselves with the current trends in China’s politics, economy, culture and education.

“The Centre for Chinese Studies was set up in UTAR for members interested in researching Chinese literature and history, the localised Chinese culture, and contemporary China as a whole,” he said, adding that besides academic research, the centre assumes the role of promoting Chinese culture and arts, and engaging in international exchanges.

Dr Chong further elaborates that to nurture their students into well-rounded and competitive talents in the future, the programme also offers elective subjects in business and social sciences.

These include subjects that cover social entrepreneurship, leadership, communication, critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, business plan development, news reporting, organisational management, human resources, and political understanding.

“This extensive range of subjects can help ease graduates into the workforce, whether they choose to pursue a career either in the government or the private sector,” added Dr Chong.

UTAR ICS also offers a postgraduate studies programme. Masters’ students can opt for either an exclusive research-based mode of study, or a combination of research and coursework.

Additionally, the university’s doctoral programme – the Doctor of Philosophy (Chinese Studies) gives students the opportunity to conduct in-depth research on Chinese language and literature, Chinese society and culture, Chinese history and Chinese philosophy.

For more information, go to or call 05-468 8888 (Kampar Campus), 03- 9086 0288 (Sungai Long Campus).

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