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Constitution1. Short Title This constitution may be cited as the Constitution of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. 2. Interpretation In this Constitution, unless the context otherwise requires "Academic Staff" means a person appointed, whether on a full-time or part-time basis, by the University in accordance with this Constitution, and includes a senior professor, professor, associate professor, assistant professor, senior lecturer, lecturer, assistant lecturer and tutor who performs academic work including teaching and research; "Act" refers to Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996; "Alumni Association" means the Association constituted in accordance with Article 43; "Authority" means any of the Authorities referred to in Part III of this Constitution; "Board" means the Board of Trustees hereby set up for the management of the affairs of the UTAR Education Foundation in accordance with Article 10; "Centre" means an academic centre established under Article 13; "Chair" means the post of a senior professor or professor as holder of a Chair; "Convocation" means a convocation held in accordance with Article 34; "Council" means the University Council constituted under Article 11; "Faculty" means a faculty established under Article 13; "Institute" means an institute established under Article 13; "Laws of the University" includes this Constitution, Statutes and Rules and Regulations; "National Council on Higher Education" means the council established under the National Council of Higher Education Act 1996;
"Officer" means Registrar, Chief Librarian, Director of Human Resources and Director of Finance; "Principal Officer" means the President, the Vice Presidents and other positions of equivalent rank; "Rules and Regulations" means any rules and regulations made in accordance with the Constitution; "Senate" means the Senate constituted in accordance with Article 12; "Staff" means an employee of the University other than the Academic Staff; "Statutes" means statutes made in accordance with the Constitution; "Students" means persons attending courses leading to academic credits; and "University" means Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Part I The University3. Establishment of the University Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman is a university set up by UTAR Education Foundation under Section 22 of the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996. The Foundation is a company limited by guarantee incorporated under the provisions of the Companies Act 1965, pursuant to its Memorandum and Articles of Association. 4. Powers of the University (1) The University shall, subject to the provisions of the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996, National Council on Higher Education Act 1996, Malaysian Qualifications Agency Act 2007 and other relevant legislations, have the following powers:(a) to provide courses of instruction, to hold examinations, to make provisions for research, and to take such other steps as may appear necessary or desirable for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge; (b) to confer degrees, diplomas, certificates, and other academic distinctions
including external degrees, diplomas and certificates upon persons who have followed courses of study approved by the University and have satisfied such other requirements as may be prescribed by the Laws of the University; (c) to recognise the degrees, diplomas, certificates or other academic distinctions of other institutions of higher learning, for the purpose of admission to the courses and examinations of the University and for the purpose of the award of bachelor or higher degrees on holders of such degrees or diplomas or certificates or on graduates of the University on such conditions as may be prescribed by the Laws of the University; (d) to confer appropriate recognition upon academic and training of staff of the University who have satisfied such requirements as may be prescribed by the Laws of the University; (e) to confer honorary degrees or awards on persons who have contributed to the advancement or dissemination of knowledge or who have rendered distinguished public service as may be prescribed by the Laws of the University; (f) to grant certificates to persons who have attained proficiency in any branch or branches of knowledge; (g) to institute Chairs, Professorships, Lecturerships, and other posts and offices, and to make appointments thereto; (h) to establish a University printing press and to publish books and other publications or materials; (i) to establish subsidiary companies or entities for the purpose of consultancy and commercialisation of research output of the University; (j) to erect, equip and maintain libraries, laboratories, workshops, hospitals, museums, lecture halls, halls of residence and all other buildings required for the purposes of the University, whether within or outside Malaysia; (k) to institute and award fellowships, scholarships, exhibitions, bursaries, medals, prizes and other titles, distinctions and awards and other forms of assistance towards the advancement and dissemination of knowledge; (l) to invest in land or securities or other property whether tangible or intangible (whether authorised as trustee investments or not) such funds as may be vested in it for the purpose of endowment, whether for general or special purposes, or such other funds as may not be immediately required for current expenditure, with power from time to time to vary any such investment and to deposit any
moneys for the time being not invested with any bank established in Malaysia either upon fixed deposit or upon current account or other accounts, as may be approved by the Board; (m) to grant scholarships, loans or financial assistance to deserving students on such terms and conditions as may be approved by the Council; (n) to conduct any course of study or training jointly or in association, affiliation, collaboration or otherwise, with any university or institution of higher learning or organisation within or outside Malaysia; (o) to conduct research and to promote the utilisation of its research findings whether or not for profit in whatever form; (p) to provide services in education, training, research, consulting and related activities to individuals and organisations whether or not for profit in whatever form; (q) to appoint, promote, train and discipline Academic Staff and Staff of the University; (r) to establish posts and positions required for academic, administrative and support staff functions; (s) to regulate the conditions of service of the employees of the University, including schemes of service, salary scales, benefits, welfare, leave and discipline; (t) to regulate and provide for the residence of Principal Officers, Officers, Academic Staff, Staff, students and trainees of the University and the welfare and discipline of the same; (u) to solicit funds and other forms of assistance from individuals and organisations for carrying out and furthering the objectives of the University; (v) to demand and receive such fees as may from time to time be prescribed by the Laws of the University; and (w) to do all such acts and things, whether or not incidental to the powers aforesaid as may be requisite in order to further improve the instruction, research, finance, administration, welfare and discipline in the University. 5. The Seal of the University
(1) The Seal of the University shall be such seal as may be approved by the Council on the recommendation of the President and such seal may from time to time be broken, changed, altered and made anew. (2) The Seal of the University shall be kept in the custody of the President. (3) The Seal of the University shall not be affixed to any instrument except in the presence of (a) the President; and (b) one other member of the Council, who shall sign their names to the instrument in token of such presence of; and such signature shall be sufficient evidence that such seal was duly and properly affixed and that the seal is the lawful seal of the University. (4) Notwithstanding subsection (3) (a) in the case of the scroll of a degree, diploma and other higher degree, the Seal of the University shall be affixed to it in the presence of the President and one other Principal Officer or Officer authorised by the President; and (b) in the case of the scroll of a certificate and other academic distinction, the Seal of the University shall be affixed to it in the presence of one other Principal Officer or Officer authorised by the President.
Part II The Officers Of The University6. Chancellor (1) The Chancellor shall preside when present at any convocation and shall have such powers and perform such duties as may be conferred or imposed upon him by this Constitution or the Laws of the University. (2) The Chancellor shall be appointed by the Council for such period, not exceeding three years, as may be specified by the Council. (3) A retiring Chancellor may be eligible for reappointment. (4) The Chancellor may, in writing addressed to the Council, resign his office.
(5) Pro-Chancellors may be appointed by the Council to assist the Chancellor in the discharge of his duties, in whom the appointment shall be for a period not exceeding 3 years, as may be specified by the Council. A retiring ProChancellor may be eligible for re-appointment if he remains so qualified. 7. President (1) The President shall be appointed by the Council on the recommendation of the appropriate Appointment and Promotion Committee pursuant to Article 14 (1), subject to the provisions of the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 and the guidelines of the National Council on Higher Education (2) The President shall be the chief executive of the University. (3) It shall be the duty of the President to ensure that the provisions of this Constitution and the Laws of the University are observed, and he shall have all such powers as may be necessar