Sunway University

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Sunway University
Universiti Sunway  (Malay)
双威大学 (Chinese)
Sunway logo.jpg
Former names
Sunway University College (2004–2011)
MottoFortuna Eruditis Favet ("Fortune Favours the Prepared Mind")
TypePrivate - not for profit
ChancellorTan Sri Dato' Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah Fook Ling, AO[1]
Vice-ChancellorProf. Graeme Wilkinson[1]
Location, ,
3°04′05″N 101°36′15″E / 3.0681°N 101.6041°E / 3.0681; 101.6041Coordinates: 3°04′05″N 101°36′15″E / 3.0681°N 101.6041°E / 3.0681; 101.6041
Gold, Black, and Light Blue
AffiliationsSunway College
Monash University
Lancaster University
Le Cordon Bleu
University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
Harvard University
Photo of Sunway University from South Quay Lake

Sunway University is a private university based in Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. It has a 10 hectare (24 acre) campus comprising academic and residential blocks adjacent to the Sunway Lagoon theme park. It is located approximately 16 km from the centre of the city of Kuala Lumpur. It was established in 2004 as Sunway University College. It was upgraded by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education to full university status in January 2011 and became Sunway University. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes taught in English. Its Vice-Chancellor is Professor Graeme Wilkinson, who was appointed from the UK in 2012.[2][3] He is supported by a Deputy Vice-Chancellor and a Provost. In 2018 the University established its own academic publishing arm, Sunway University Press.[4]

Academic Structure[edit]

Sunway University is a broad-based university offering academic programmes at both undergraduate level (diploma programmes and bachelor's degrees) and at postgraduate level (master's and doctoral degrees).[5]

The university is structured into the following seven schools, each led by a dean and each comprising a number of departments, centres and institutes:

  • School of Business[6]
  • School of Science and Technology[7]
  • School of Arts[8]
  • School of Mathematical Sciences[9]
  • School of Hospitality[10]
  • School of Healthcare and Medical Sciences[11]
  • The School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

The School of Business is the largest school in the University.

Quality Recognition[edit]

Sunway University's academic programmes have attained accreditation and are compliant with Malaysia's framework for higher education qualifications, programme standards and quality systems as laid down by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency. Sunway University has been rated Tier 5 "excellent" three times in a row by the Malaysia Rating System for University and University College Excellence (SETARA) of the Malaysian Ministry of Education, with the most recent rating obtained in "SETARA 17".

Sunway University is also rated internationally as a 5-star university overall by the university rating and ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), with 5-star ratings for teaching, employability, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.[12]

Sunway University Campus

Sunway University is also registered as compliant with Quality Management System ISO9001:2015 for its higher education provision.

Academic Programmes[edit]

The School of Business offers a diploma in business administration; bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance, business management, business studies, business analytics, global supply chain management, marketing, financial analysis, and financial economics; a master of business administration (MBA) programme as well as master's programmes in marketing and human resource management; and a doctor of philosophy programme in business. The School of Business offers the University's largest academic programme by student enrolment, the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance.

The School of Science and Technology offers a diploma in information technology; bachelor’s degrees in computer science, information systems, information systems (business analytics), mobile computing with entrepreneurship, information technology, information technology (computer networking and security), software engineering, biomedicine, biology with psychology, medical biotechnology and psychology; master’s degrees in computer science, information technology, life sciences and psychology; and doctor of philosophy programmes in computer science, psychology and in biology.

The School of Arts offers degrees in communication, digital film production, contemporary music (audio technology), music performance, interior architecture, and design communication; a master's programme in visual communication and media studies; and diplomas in performing arts, interior design, and graphics and multimedia design. [13]

The School of Mathematical Sciences offers bachelor's degrees in actuarial studies and industrial statistics, a master's programme in actuarial science, and a doctor of philosophy programme in mathematical sciences. The actuarial studies bachelor's degree was the first degree programme in Malaysia to gain full accreditation by the Malaysian Finance Accreditation Agency.[14]

The School of Healthcare and Medical Sciences offers a diploma in nursing.

The School of Hospitality offers diplomas in culinary arts, events management, and hotel management; and bachelor's degrees in culinary management, international hospitality management, and conventions and events management.

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies offers a master's programme in sustainable development management through the Jeffrey Sachs Center for Sustainable Development, and an American Degree Transfer Programme (ADTP), through its Centre for American Education, which enables students to study part of a bachelor's degree programme and then transfer to universities in North America to complete their studies.

Research Centres and Institutes[edit]

University rankings
QS World[15] 751-800
QS Asia[16] 232

Sunway University has a number of research centres and institutes across various fields of studies[17] including:

  • Centre for Commercial Law and Justice
  • Centre for Higher Education Research[18]
  • Research Centre for Biomedical Physics[19]
  • Centre for Research - Creation in Digital Media (CRCDM)[20]
  • Centre for Virus and Vaccine Research[21]
  • Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI)[22], established as a think tank to undertake research and policy analysis relating to the economies, societies and cultures of southeast Asia. The Institute's president is Professor Datuk Dr Woo Wing Thye[23].
  • Jeffrey Sachs Center for Sustainable Development[24], which conducts research and teaching related to the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in southeast Asia[25]. The Center is chaired by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, USA.
  • Research Centre for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilisation[26]
  • Research Centre for Crystalline Materials[27]
  • Research Centre for Nano-Materials and Energy Technology[28]
  • Graphene and Advanced 2D Materials Research Group
  • Centre for Accountability and Governance Research
  • Joint Research Centre in Information Technology, established in collaboration with Huizhou University, China
  • Future Cities Research Institute, jointly established with Lancaster University, UK
  • Research Centre for Human Machine Collaboration
  • Asia Pacific Centre for Hospitality Research
  • Centre for Actuarial and Analytics Research

International partnerships and collaborations[edit]

Sunway University has a partnership with Lancaster University, UK since 2006,[29] in which some degree programmes are offered as dual awards offered by both institutions. The partnership model was the subject of research by the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education which produced a case study on it.[30] Sunway University also has a collaboration with the international culinary training organisation Le Cordon Bleu[31] which enables graduates from certain hospitality programmes to receive professional certificates from Le Cordon Bleu.

Through benefactions from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation,[32] professorial fellowships have been established in perpetuity both at Brasenose College, University of Oxford,[33] and at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge,[34] to develop academic ties with Sunway University. The Jeffrey Cheah Scholars-in-Residence Programme has also been established through benefactions at Brasenose College and at Gonville and Caius College, to allow two academics or postgraduate students from Sunway University to spend up to four weeks each year for research or study in Oxford and Cambridge.[33]

Sunway University also supports Harvard Medical School’s Southeast Asia Healthcare Leadership Programme which is delivered partly at Sunway University.[35]

Sunway University has articulation partnerships with a number of international universities to enable students to study partly at Sunway and partly at an overseas university to complete their degrees. One of the longest such partnerships has been with Western Michigan University, USA.[36]


Sunway University is governed by a Board of Directors, chaired by the Chancellor. The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the University. Academic governance is effected by the Academic Senate, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, which includes all full professors, deans and heads of department among its membership. The detailed responsibilities of the Board and the Senate are described in the University's constitution, which has been approved by the Ministry of Higher Education.

Sunway Education Group[edit]

Sunway University is a member of the Sunway Education Group, which is owned by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. The Foundation was officially established as a registered charity in March 2010 from its predecessor Sunway Education Trust, set up in 1997. It was founded by Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Founder and Chairman of the Sunway Group of companies. All of the educational institutions that operate under the Foundation are not-for-profit; surpluses are channelled towards scholarships and bursaries to students, as well as towards grants for research. Besides Sunway University, the Sunway Education Group includes Sunway International School, Sunway College (several campuses), Sunway-TES Centre for Accounting Excellence, and Monash University Sunway Campus, besides several other institutions.

On the 25th of July 2017, Sunway Education Group celebrated its 30th anniversary.[37] The highlight of the celebration was the three-dimensional projection mapping show in which images were projected on the facade of the university’s building from four projectors.[38]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sunway University Governance and Leadership".
  2. ^ "Sunway University Announces Appointment Of New Vice-Chancellor". Pendidikan Malaysia.
  3. ^ "The sunny side of leading a Malaysian university". Times Higher Education, 8 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Sunway University Press".
  5. ^ "Sunway University Prospectuses".
  6. ^ "Sunway University Business School".
  7. ^ "School of Science and Technology".
  8. ^ "School of Arts".
  9. ^ "School of Mathematical Sciences".
  10. ^ "School of Hospitality".
  11. ^ "School of Healthcare and Medical Sciences".
  12. ^ "QS Stars University Ratings".
  13. ^ "Sunway University Prospectus" (PDF).
  14. ^ "Sunway University Receives First Full Accreditation For Actuarial Studies Programme From FAA". Finance Accreditation Agency.
  15. ^ QS World University Rankings 2020
  16. ^ QS Asian University Rankings 2019
  17. ^ "Research - Research Centres & Institutes". Sunway University.
  18. ^ "Centre for Higher Education Research". Sunway University.
  19. ^ "Centre for Biomedical Physics". Sunway University.
  20. ^ "Centre for Research-Creation in Digital Media". Sunway University.
  21. ^ "Centre for Virus and Vaccine Research". Sunway University.
  22. ^ "Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia". Sunway University.
  23. ^ "Finance expert helms institute". The Star Online, 9 February 2014.
  24. ^ "Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development". Sunway University.
  25. ^ "Sunway sets up hub for sustainable development".
  26. ^ "Research Centre for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilisation". Sunway University.
  27. ^ "Research Centre for Crystalline Materials". Sunway University.
  28. ^ "Research Centre for Nano-Materials and Energy Technology". Sunway University.
  29. ^ "Lancaster University and Sunway University Partnership".
  30. ^ "UK Collaboration in Malaysia: institutional Case Studies, University of Lancaster and Sunway University College" (PDF). QAA, January 2010.
  31. ^ "Sunway University College and Le Cordon Bleu Sign A Joint Alliance".
  32. ^ "The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation".
  33. ^ a b "RM1bil pledged for education by Jeffrey Cheah Foundation". The Star online, 18 December 2015.
  34. ^ "Sunway ties up with Cambridge". The Star online, 15 February 2015.
  35. ^ "Harvard Medical School Southeast Asia Healthcare Leadership Programme".
  36. ^ "President Dunn heads to Malaysia to celebrate 25 year partnership". Western Michigan University.
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