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 provides 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. Following a recent restructuring exercise, as from 1 January 2017 the university will have 6 schools (The School of Arts, The Business School, The School of Hospitality, The School of Mathematical Sciences, The School of Science and Technology, and The School of Interdisciplinary Studies). The University currently has approximately 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.
The Sunway Group of companies includes a number of major hospitality businesses such as the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa, the Banjaran Hotsprings Resort, a number of other hotels in Sunway, in Kuala Lumpur and further afield, the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park (adjacent to the University’s campus) and the Sunway Convention Centre. These substantial hospitality businesses provide excellent potential opportunities for the School to build its industry engagement.
The School of Hospitality Context
The School is one of the smallest of the University but is planning significant expansion. It has three degree programmes, namely the BSc in Culinary Management, the BSc in International Hospitality Management and the BSc in Conventions and Events Management. There are also three diploma programmes: The Diploma in Culinary Arts, The Diploma in Events Management, and The Diploma in Hotel Management. Further degrees are planned including at postgraduate level. The School works closely with the University’s collaborative partner in hospitality, Le Cordon Bleu International. Le Cordon Bleu accredits most of the School’s programmes so that graduates receive not only their degree or diploma from Sunway University but also a professional certificate from Le Cordon Bleu. The University has invested in a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities dedicated to the School in the University’s new building opened in 2015, including kitchens, simulated hotel suites and training restaurants. The School is now poised to move forwards with its new facilities and to extend its range of programmes and industry links to support the government’s aim of significantly expanding the hospitality and tourism industry in Malaysia.