Tun Ahmad Zaidi Residential College or more commonly known as the Tenth Residential College is one of the residential colleges within the University of Malaya campus. Tun Ahmad Zaidi Residential College started its operation on 1 June 1997. It took its name after the state Governor of Sarawak at that time, namely Allahyarham Tun Datuk Patinggi (Dr.) Ahmad Zaidi Adruce bin Muhammed Noor.
The construction of Tun Ahmad Zaidi Residential College covered an area of 6.6 acres and it can accommodate 750 residents. The cost of construction was RM15 million in which the State Government of Sarawak donated RM10 million while the rest of the cost, which was RM5 million, was borne by University of Malaya. This amount included the cost of construction, equipment and consultation fee.
The architectural concept and colors chosen are based on the theme of the state of Sarawak. The black roof tiles get its inspiration from features of belian shingles roofing and are matched with red paint to symbolize the heritage of the state.
This college consists of one Administration block and four 4-storey residential blocks. The Administration building houses the College Administration Office, Cafeteria, Muroh Hall, Meeting Room, Seminar Room, Conference Room, Reading Room, Multipurpose Room, Praying Room, Sundry Shop, Telecommunication Shop, and Photocopy Shop. The residential blocks consist of Block A, Block B, Block C and Block D. The unique feature of the residential blocks lies in the third storey of each block that has a verandah supported by pillars similar to the structural system found in Sarawak’s longhouses. As there are slopes between the administration and residential blocks, covered walkways with stairs are constructed to link all the blocks. Each block is accessible by road too.
Dr. Ghufran Redzwan