The University Context
Sunway University is one of Malaysia’s premier private universities. It is owned and governed by the not for profit Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, established by the founder and chairman of the Sunway Group of companies, Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah. Based in the exciting Sunway Resort City, in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, it is fully approved as a higher education provider by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia. In the last three national quality assurance exercises “SETARA” the university received a score of 5 stars (“excellent”) -the highest score awarded to any university in the country. In addition the university has been rated as a 4-star institution by the global ranking and rating organization “QS” with the top 5-star ratings for “teaching”, “facilities”, and graduate “employability”. The University’s vision is to become a world class institution.
The University awards its own degrees but also awards degrees of Lancaster University in the UK (ranked no. 9 in the UK and in the top 1% of institutions globally) under a dual degree collaboration. The university has three faculties (Sunway University Business School, the Faculty of Arts, and the Faculty of Science and Technology). The University currently has almost 6,000 students and has strong annual growth. The University hosts the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, one of the leading think tanks in its field. Through benefactions from Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, the University has established strong collaborative relationships with Harvard University, Oxford University and Cambridge University.
Faculty of Science and Technology
The Faculty of Science and Technology is comprised of four academic departments: Biology; Computing and Information Systems; Nursing; and Psychology. Departments offer a range of programmes, from Diplomas to Masters and PhD’s, the majority of which are also validated by the University’s main collaborative partner, Lancaster University. Each department is led by a Head of Department who provides academic leadership in the relevant discipline area(s) and manages the academic staff within that Department. The Faculty currently has close to 1000 students, but is seeing significant growth – close to 30% in each of the last two years – and has a fast growing reputation for the quality of its research. The Faculty has invested heavily in new teaching and research facilities and in growing and developing its academic staff base.
Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is currently the smallest faculty of the University but is planning significant expansion. It has four departments at present: The Department of Communication and Liberal Arts, The Department of Performance and Media, The Department of Art and Design, and The Centre for Research Creation in Digital Media. It has three degree programmes, namely the BA in Communication, the BA in Digital Film Production and the BA in Contemporary Music (Audio Technology). There are also four diplomas in: Fine Art, Performing Arts, Graphic and Multimedia Design, and Interior Design. Further degrees are under development including at postgraduate level. Each department/centre is led by a Head who provides academic leadership in the relevant discipline area(s) and manages the academic staff within that Department. The Faculty works closely with the University’s main collaborative partner, Lancaster University, but is also developing other relationships in specific fields, e.g. music. The University is investing in a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities dedicated to the Faculty in the University’s new building opened in 2015. The Faculty is now poised to move forwards with new facilities and new programmes. A new dean is now required to lead the future development of the faculty at this important stage of its development. This is potentially an exciting role for the right candidate.
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