Sunway University (originally Sunway College) was formed with the belief and understanding that higher education is vital to the progress of the Nation. The institution received an auspicious start in 1987. Within a short span of time, its student numbers outgrew the original premises, leading to the development of a new, purpose-built campus in Bandar Sunway, complete with a comprehensive range of modern academic and residential facilities.
BLAZE TO BRILLIANCE
Prior to becoming Sunway University, the institution was upgraded to University College status by the then Minister of Higher Education, YB Dato’ Dr Shafie bin Haji Mohd Salleh to YBhg on 12 August 2004. Sunway University College became a full-fledged University on 31 January 2011. The certificate was presented to our Founder, Chairman and Chancellor, YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO, by YB Dato’ Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin, the then Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia.
In 2015, Sunway University has a brand new state-of-the-art building with cutting edge academic facilities to welcome more students.
Sunway University, together with 12 other institutions under the Sunway Education Group, is owned and governed by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF), Malaysia’s largest education-focused social enterprise.
The JCF is imbued with the philanthropy of nurturing success and transforming lives through education. This year in September, the Foundation made history with a disbursement of scholarships worth RM45mil to more than 3,000 students, surpassing last year’s RM33mil, bringing the total amount of scholarships awarded to date, to more than RM210mil to over 23,000 students. Opportunities abound for recipients as Cheah believes education leads to better future and lives for the recipients and also for our nation
ENGAGEMENT THAT ENTHRALS
The alliance with Harvard University has opened up tremendous opportunities for a two-way flow of scholars between Harvard University and Sunway University. The establishment of two Jeffrey Cheah Professorships of Southeast Asia Studies, the Jeffrey Cheah Professorship and the Jeffrey Cheah Visiting Professorship, as well as the Jeffrey Cheah Fellowship and the Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants at Harvard University ensures a flow of professors, postgraduate students, researchers and scholars, anticipated to help develop and upgrade academic standards of teaching and research at Sunway.
Sunway University is constantly updating its curriculum and developing new programmes to suit the changing market and industry demands in its move to ensure employability for students when they graduate. Among the new programmes being offered include Bachelor degrees in Financial Analysis, Financial Economics, Marketing and Information Technology (Computer Networking and Security).
In the International Student Barometer Survey Entry Wave 2014 undertaken by i-graduate, the Sunway Education Group including Sunway University achieved high student satisfaction for graduate employment.
The university is ranked excellent (Tier Five) by the Malaysian Qualification Agency’s Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education (Setara) in 2009, 2011 and 2013.