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Sunway University

The University Context

Sunway University is one of Malaysia’s leading 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 Jeffrey Cheah. Based in Sunway City, in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, it is fully approved as a higher education provider by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia. It is ranked in the top 1000 universities in the world and in the top 2% of universities in Asia (QS World University Ranking 2020 #751-800; QS Asia Ranking 2019 #232).

It is also ranked within the top 150 universities in the world under 50 years of age by QS. The University also has a 5-star rating from QS and a 5-star rating from the Malaysian government (SETARA assessment scheme for universities and university colleges). It is also one of just eleven universities in Malaysia to be awarded the status of Premier Digital Technology University by the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation.

The University has seven academic schools: The School of Arts, The Business School, The School of Healthcare and Medical Sciences, The School of Hospitality, The School of Mathematical Sciences, The School of Science and Technology, and The School of Interdisciplinary Studies. The University awards its own degrees but also offers degrees of Lancaster University in the UK under a dual degree collaboration. The University currently has approximately 7800 students undertaking diploma, bachelor, master and doctoral programmes. The University has 16 research centres and hosts the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, the Jeffrey Sachs Center for Sustainable Development, and the joint Future Cities Research Institute with Lancaster University, UK. Through benefactions from Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, the University has established strong collaborative relationships with Harvard University, Oxford University and Cambridge University. The University has close relationships with industry and, in particular, the businesses of Sunway Group which include construction, hospitality, and healthcare.

Key Facts

  • Over 500 staff
  • Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Currently has 7,800 students
  • QS World University Ranking 2020 #751-800; QS Asia Ranking 2019 #232

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