Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC) was established on 24 February 1969 under the leadership of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA). The College was named after the late YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Father of Malaysian Independence.
The College is 50% subsidised by the Government for all its recurrent and capital expenditure. The other 50% is borne by the Trustees.
The vision of MCA was to establish an institution of higher for young Malaysians who have, for one reason or another, been deprived of the opportunity to seek education, as well as to meet the rising demand from the private sector for trained professional, sub-professional and technical personnel in the task of nation building.