Recognition credibility of TAR UMT diploma propels alumnus to doctorate level in Australia

KUALA LUMPUR: Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology (TAR UMT) has a long-standing tradition of producing graduates who are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to meet the highest professional standards.

With a vast alumni network of close to 300,000 individuals, TAR UMT has enabled numerous graduates to excel not only in their local communities but also internationally, where their exceptional talents and abilities are in high demand.

Coby Liew, a graduate of TAR UMT’s Diploma in Counselling represents a celebrated story, as he has achieved great success in Australia.

“As my diploma was well-recognised, I was able to pursue a Bachelor of Psychological Science at the University of South Australia, where they offered me a credit transfer and I only needed to complete the remaining eighteen months of the total three years of study.

“After completing my undergraduate degree in South Australia, I relocated to Tasmania to continue my postgraduate study in social work and I am currently doing my Doctorate of Psychology, focusing on grief and bereavement counselling,” he said.

According to Liew, his incredible journey would not have been possible without the solid foundation of education and training he gained at TAR UMT.

“My diploma course equipped me with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise required for my counselling practice, making my therapeutic work more effective, especially since I established my own psychology clinic in Melbourne last year.

“In addition, the strong foundation was a great stepping stone for my subsequent learning in the field of psychology. I was able to understand my undergraduate course content faster, as I was already familiar with some of the jargon and terms used in psychology. Other than the curriculum and syllabus, I also had good, dedicated and kind lecturers I could rely on for help and support,” he shared.

Liew further emphasised that another skill he picked up during his diploma has helped him a great deal in his work.

“An important skill learnt at my diploma level was learning new approaches quickly, and I was able to assimilate and integrate different approaches together. This skill is important given that I work with individuals from different backgrounds with different personalities. There is no one size fits all and it is important to remain flexible and creative in our approaches.“

While attending the diploma, Liew served as the course representative for his programme, during which he gained valuable leadership, interpersonal and time management skills. Through his participation in the Community Sociology programme, a social outreach initiative promoting the importance of education to rural residents, he learnt how to build rapport. Overall, the skills he developed have been instrumental in his success both academically and professionally abroad.

For more information about TAR UMT’s social science and humanities programmes and to apply online, visit or call 011-1078 5990. Various financial aid and merit scholarships are available for qualified students.