SUNWAY University

Sunway University

Background

In 1987, Sunway College (as Sunway University was originally known) in New Town, Petaling Jaya, was officially inaugurated by then Sultan of Selangor, the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj. The institution was a pioneer of twinning programmes in the country.

By 1992, to accommodate the growing student population, the institution moved to its own campus ground in Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya. The 22-acre expansive campus which is home to academic buildings, on-campus accommodation and various sporting facilities, was officiated by the 4th prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. In 2004, Sunway College was upgraded to Sunway University College by the Ministry of Higher Education, and YBhg Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah was installed as the Foundation Chancellor in 2006 in the presence of HRH Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj.

The institution officially became Sunway University in January 2011 when it was conferred the prestigious full university status by the Ministry of Higher Education.

Since 1997, the institution has been governed by the Sunway Education Trust Fund where operating surpluses are channelled back into the institution and disbursed as scholarships and research grants. This trust fund transformed into the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation in 2010.

Mission and Vision Sunway University aspires to be a World Class University. The missions of Sunway University are to provide quality education of choice and valuable experience for individuals who will contribute to local and global needs; to be devoted to the advancement, transmission and application of knowledge; and to support Malaysia's aspiration in becoming a regional centre of educational excellence.

Academic Strengths

The experienced, highly qualified and dedicated academics of Sunway University is led by an innovative International Vice-Chancellor, supported by a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academics and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Higher Degrees. The heads of programmes and academic staff comprise of professors, associate professors, post-doctorate level lecturers and instructors with years of academic and industry experience in their fields of expertise.

The wholesome Sunway curriculum incorporates classroom learning and diverse interactive activities. Each programme has close links with academic and industry partners, and professional bodies allowing fruitful internship experiences, projects and research opportunities.

The internship component is compulsory for all Sunway home-grown programmes ensuring invaluable real-world experience that makes our graduates industry-ready.

Programme Outline

Sunway University offers diploma, undergraduate and post-graduate programmes within its five schools :

 
  • School of Business
  • School of Computer Technology
  • School of Creative Arts & Communication
  • School of Health & Natural Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Management (SHTLM)
  • Sunway American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP
 
 
 
 

The duration of home-grown Sunway undergraduate programmes is 3 years while ADTP students spend an average of 12-24 months at Sunway before transferring to the university of their choice. Since 2006, Sunway University has been in partnership with Lancaster University, UK, to ensure that our home-grown degrees are validated and on par with the distinguished UK university. Graduates in the areas of business, psychology, communication and computing are awarded two scrolls, one from Sunway and one from Lancaster University.

Lancaster University, UK, is currently ranked in the top 10 UK universities in the Times Good University Guide 2011, 8th in the Independent's Complete University Guide 2011, 6th in the Guardian University Guide 2011, and in the Top 200 of Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010-2011.

 

Lancaster University is a member of the prestigious N8 Group consisting of eight of the most research-intensive universities in northern England. This reputation assures the proliferation of a culture of quality research at Sunway, and provides various collaborative opportunities between both institutions. The School of Computer Technology, for example, is an innovation hub made up of four different research groups.

An outstanding academic partnership was formed in 2010 with Le Cordon Bleu (LCB), the famed international network of culinary arts and hospitality institutes, and the guardian of French culinary technique. LCB is validating all the programmes at SHTLM where graduates will receive two certificates; one from Sunway University and another from La Foundation Le Cordon Bleu.

Strong links with industrial partners and professional bodies also give Sunway graduates the extra edge. Sunway University is the first Malaysian university to earn the full rights from SAS Institute Inc., USA, to run a specialisation in the area of Business Intelligence and Data Mining in the BSc (Hons) Information System programme. And, Sunway School of Business degree programmes are recognised by renowned bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), CPA Australia and the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA).

Academic Facilities & Resources

 

Sunway University is well equipped with first-class academic facilities. There are more than 120 classrooms and 15 lecture theatres which are fully air-conditioned and equipped with state-of-the-art teaching devices. The Main campus is fitted with 24-hour wireless internet (WiFi) access, making it easy to go online almost anywhere on campus. During school hours, computer labs allow students to work on their assignments and provide services such as printing, scanning and photocopying.

The Tun Hussein Onn Library (THOL) is ISO-certified and the largest library in a Malaysian private institution of higher learning with an impressive array of not only on-site materials but also allowing access to countless online journals and resources.

Specialised academic facilities are used for designated courses. Psychology, computing, nursing and ADTP programmes utilise their own respective laboratories which include simulated wards and skills laboratory for training (nursing), observation rooms (psychology), computing research labs (computing) and science labs for practical work (ADTP). SHTLM students have an entire floor dedicated to their programmes which include the training restaurant and delicatessen, mock-up hotel suite and travel bureau, and the newly renovated kitchens.

Art and Design students work in specialised studios and are given designated areas on campus to exhibit their pieces. The Roof Top Theatre is used by students of the Performance & Media programme and it is a vast studio complete with cutting edge audio-visual production equipment.

Student Support Services & Student Development Activities

 

The Student Services Department (SSD) of Sunway University is housed in the Student Centre and offers a wide range of professional and advisory services. It provides a supportive and friendly environment which includes the counselling unit, coordination of extra-curricular clubs and societies, alumni office and various conveniences like a sick bay and travel bureau.

The International Student Office (ISO) looks after the welfare of foreign students including aiding the renewal of student visas.

PRePARE, the campus career centre, and the LEAP employability training programme are among the most active student development activities on campus. PRePARE, with its motto 'eQUIP, eNHANCE and eMPOWER', regularly holds workshops on CV-writing and prepare students for the working world through its extensive network. The LEAP programme helps students upgrade themselves through different activities like career talks, company visits, Job Shadow Day and soft-skills workshops.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Sunway University offers various scholarships including :

Tan Sri Dato' Dr Jeffrey Cheah Entrance Scholarship, Tan Sri Dato' Dr Jeffrey Cheah Continuing Scholarship, Tan Sri Dato' Dr Jeffrey Cheah Scholastic Award, The Chancellors Scholarship of Sunway University & Lancaster University, Tun Dato' Seri Omar Ong Community Scholarship, Sunway-CIMB ECA Achievers Awards, Sunway Sports Scholarship, Sunway Music Scholarship, and Sunway-CIS ECA Scholarship.

Also available are financial aid like the Sunway University Community Bursary and Sibling Discount. Most students also qualify for the PTPTN study loan and EPF withdrawal.

Recognition & Achievements

 

Sunway University has long been recognised as a higher education institution that is synonymous to excellence. These are among the university's most recent achievements :

2011
• Being synonymous to high quality education, we achieved the Reader's Digest Trusted Brands Gold Award - Private University/College, a long- established award based on consumers' validation.

2010
• Rated Tier 5 (Excellent) in the Rating System for Institutions of Higher Learning (SETARA'09) by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, placing Sunway University on par with the best public and private universities and foreign branch campuses in the country.

• Export Excellence Award (Service) at the Industry Excellence Awards 2009 by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

• Putra Brand Awards 2010 for Education & Learning (Gold Award) by the Association of Accelerated Advertising Agents Malaysia (4As), endorsed by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).

• Human Resources Development Award 2010 for Large Employer in the Services Sector from the Ministry of Human Resources.

2008
• Multiple awards from the Malaysia Canada Business Council including the High Commissioner's Award, Gold Award for Good Corporate Citizen, and Gold Award for Industry Excellence in Education.



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