30 November 2009


Established in 1987, Sunway University College has grown and achieved much in the last twenty-two years. The quality of our education is respected both at home and abroad. Our student population is made up of more than 70 different nationalities from around the world and to date we have over 9,300 students on campus. We have exceptional teaching staff, each a respected member of the community. And we still continue to touch the lives of all who pass through our halls in pursuit of the best education available.

The explosive growth in the student population continues with the addition of new graduate schools and the expansion of the undergraduate programs. To meet the demands of the healty growing student population, major expansion plans have been put in place.

The East Building (completion November 2009)

The university is presently constructing a new 19 classroom block to be completed by November 2009 and fitted out for use in January 2010. The new East Building consists of classrooms suited to fit 35 – 60 students. Some of the bigger classrooms have operable partitions to double up as examination halls. A link bridge connects this block to the existing main campus building.

The International Students Office (ISO) and International Education Centre (IEC) (completion October 2010)
Sunway University College’s steady growth in student population especially in the international arena well justifies for a new and modern 2-storey fully glass building to be constructed to house the ISO and IEC services. This piece of modern architecture is an exquisitely designed glass  building, which is environmentally friendly. It allows refreshing natural lighting to enter the building. An impressive open concept is also adopted to create a sense of luscious spaciousness to better serve the needs of international students in the campus.

The Graduate School (completion June 2011)

As the institution’s vision is to be the “Harvard of the East” and to provide world class learning experiences, plans are also in place to construct a Graduate School a la Harvard concept. The Graduate School hopes to be the focus point for Harvard Alumni to conduct their conferences, programs and events. This centre will consist of a 150 seat lecture theatre and 2  auditoriums for 80 pax in tiered semi-circle seating formation. There is also a landscaped breakout courtyard, pre-function areas, discussion and lecture rooms. It will also be equipped with up to date facilities and sound systems.

The 12-storey New Academic Block with 2 Basement Levels and a Mezzanine Floor as well as a 2-level Basement Car Park (completion end 2013)

One of the foremost driving forces for Sunway University College to expand is its goal of substantially increasing the scope and strength of its undergraduate programs. This is also timely as we are going to embrace the full-pledged “University” status which we hope to achieve in 2010. Plans are on the drawing board to construct a new 12-storey academic block and a 2-level basement car park. The 12-storey academic block will house the interdisciplinary undergraduate and new graduate programs. The more than 550,000 sq. ft academic block is planned to accommodate at least another 9,000 student population. The 2-level basement car park is constructed below the soccer field. This basement car park consists of about 1,000 parking bays. This parking facility will be available to both staff and students. The design development of this project is on going and the targeted completion date is end 2013. Adhering to the government’s call for more environmentally friendly buildings, the 12-storey academic block and multi-level basement car park is going for the Green Mark Singapore and Green Building Index (GBI) Certification. The environmental friendly design and concept in construction incorporates energy and water efficiency. It also includes innovation for good natural lighting and ventilation systems for a sustainable green environment.   

The Phase 2 Campus Expansion (2018 and beyond)

With these plans on the way, it is the visionary plan of Tan Sri Jeffery Cheah, the founder of Sunway University College to have 30,000 students on board the campus in 20 years. With this vision in mind, space has also been allocated for the Phase 2 expansion development of another new multi-level 3-block academic building situated at the back of the East Building mentioned earlier. Planning will take place after 2013 and completion by 2018.

The 5,000 Seat Auditorium (completion mid 2014)

Ambitious plans of our distinguished founder, Tan Sri Jeffery Cheah also calls for the construction of  a 5,000 seat prestigious auditorium equipped with the most modern and premier state-of-the-art facilities and AVA system.  This auditorium will be one of the most outstanding in Malaysia to house graduation ceremonies and world class events like the Cats musical, EL Divo standard, grand soprano performances like the late Pavarotti kind of acts and symposiums.

The Multipurpose Sports Complex (completion mid 2014)

A Multipurpose Sports Complex will be built adjoining to the 5,000 seat Auditorium. This Sports Complex can be used for both indoor sporting facilities and Sunway University exams and events appropriately. The Sports Complex is planned to sit for a 1,000 capacity.

The new Sunway International School (SIS) (Commence construction end 2011 and completion in 2013)
Tan Sri Jeffery Cheah’s passion for education has also driven him to venture into primary and secondary school international standard education. The birth and maiden launch of Sunway International School (SIS) in end 2007 was a breakthrough in the Sunway Group being the sole provider of an internationally recognized Canadian primary and secondary education in Malaysia.

Plans are also in progress to design a new Sunway International School (SIS) to house a capacity of 2,000 students. This school will have a modern and contemporary design with boarding school facilities. The other facilities available will be a lap pool, multipurpose hall cum gymnasium, cafeteria and library. The construction is targeted to commence end 2011 and completed in 2013.

Sunway University College is most fortunate to have this 20 year master plan in place to stay ahead to cope with the challenging and volatile changes in the education scene. The growth and progress of this university is attributed to our Founder’s vision to bring the university to an even higher level in the world’s education arena.         

25 November 2009

Back to school for wine enthusiasts

The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Management at Sunway University College organised an excellent Food and Wine Pairing Workshop recently. The four hour workshop was followed by a dinner at its fine dining training restaurant, so participants could see their food and wine pairing theories learnt earlier, being put into practice. The workshop was open to the public and attracted approximately 30 participants who were a mix of students, Sunway staff and secondary school counselors and teachers.

Participants getting a taste of the workshop

F&B Coordinator, Daniel Chong of the School gave an enlightening presentation that included fascinating facts about wines as well as explaining the theory behind food and wine pairing. The workshop offered a tasting of 6 different wines of different grape varieties and from different parts of the world, old world as well as new.

Chong said “I hope this workshop will enable participants to use the right jargon when talking about wines so that they can impress others and also know how to select the right wine to go with a meal”. He added “The wines were specially purchased by our School and not sponsored which is very important so that participants can learn about wines from a totally neutral position”. The spectacular 6 course dinner had dishes that utilized Asian spices and Asian herbs so that the participants could see the how wines can be paired with spicy dishes. The dinner which featured pigeon with Szechuan pepper, Alaskan crab soup, cod fish with “daun kaduk” and lamb curry were beautifully accompanied by wines selected by Chong who has an Advanced Level Wine Trainer Certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), U.K.

Dimitriy Sinkov from the Ukraine, a second year International Hospitality Management Degree student at Sunway, who was at the workshop shared, ”The workshop was fantastic and definitely interesting and it was a good experience for me”. His classmate Arjun Dev Chadha from India enthused, “I found the workshop really educational and it taught us about stuff we did not know about”.

The students of the School of Hospitality decorated the black and white restaurant in the theme of “Vintage Christmas”. Some students provided entertainment in the form of live music and solo singing. Degree students were involved in organising the workshop and dinner. Head Chef, Patrick Siau, supervised the students’ well-executed preparation and production of the dinner.

24 November 2009

Outstanding Achiever Awards 2009


Our Heartiest Congratulations to our A-Level students who received Outstanding Achiever Awards 2009 by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) based on the June 2009 examination results.

Top in Malaysia, AS Level:
Ng Hui Sin for Accounting
Oh Coyin for Biology
Thong Ming Sen for Law

Top in the World, AS Level:
Oh Coyin for Physics
Sarah Chew Jiak Sian for Psychology

Well done! Congratulations too, to the A-Level lecturers, S. Jeyanthi, Nesa Ramani Ganesan, Rajesvaran Murugan, T. Alagarajah and Ida Ngui for their tireless dedication and guidance.

5 November 2009

Saluting Exceptional Students


The Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah Scholastic Award recipients and representatives with Professor Robert Bignall, Vice-Chancellor, Sunway University College (9th from left)

This year's second Scholarships & Awards Presentation at Sunway University College awarded close to RM2 million in scholarships through the Sunway Education Trust Fund to 285 recipients. Earlier this year in May, Sunway awarded a total of RM3.1 million in scholarships to 785 students. The total that the Trust has dispersed since it was incepted in 1997 is RM50 million in numerous scholarship ceremonies.

The latest Chancellors Scholarship recipients, Lee Ker Ching (right) and Vanessa Ong Shu Yu (left) with Puan Sri Datin Seri Dr. Susan Cheah, the wife of the Chancellor of Sunway University College

The Sunway Education Trust Fund has recently been converted to the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation to further solidify Sunway University College’s Founder and Chancellor's beliefs in the life-changing benefits education. The Foundation seeks to receive and administer funds for educational, scientific, medical and charitable purposes including scholarships based on merit and to those in need of financial assistance.

The ceremony saw scholarship recipients being awarded in five categories that spanned academic achievement, sports and ECA. There were also two Chancellors Scholarship recipients Lee Ker Ching reading the Bachelor of Science Accounting and Finance and Vanessa Ong Shu Yi who is pursuing the Bachelor of Science Psychology. This special scholarship is funded by both Sunway University College and Lancaster University to encourage academic achievement in the Lancaster validated and Sunway developed honours degree programmes in business, computing, psychology, hospitality and tourism management.

(left to right) Ronald, Regina, Puan Khairul Bariah Binti Abdul Rahman, Area Manager, CIMB Bank Berhad; Elizabeth Lee, Executive Director, Sunway University College, Abdulhalim and Nur Hidayah

Sunway University College in collaboration with CIMB Bank Berhad also presented the Sunway University College CIMB ECA Achievers scholarship to academic achievers who involve themselves in ECAs. The recipients were Ronald Soo Ki-Meng, Director of the Sunway University College Student Council 2009 and President of the Swimming Club. The other was Regina Choo Jia Ling, Deputy President of the Sunway University College Student Council 2009. The Sunway University College Sports Scholarship was presented to 17 students who have been active in sport or played sport at state or national level. The Sunway University College–CIMB Sportsman Award recipient was Abdulhalim Abdullahi Liman, Captain of the Sunway football and futsal teams while the Sportswoman award went to Nur Hidayah Binti Adam, a national bowler and President of the Sunway Bowling Club.

3 November 2009

MOA Signed Between Sunway-TES & Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia


(from left to right) Ms. Elizabeth Lee, Executive Director of Sunway University College, Mr. Teo Ee Sing, Executive Director of Sunway-TES, Mr. Walter Sandosam, Chairman of the Academic Relations Committee of IIA Malaysia and En. Hashim Mohammad, President of IIA Malaysia

Sunway-TES, a subsidiary of Sunway University College, has recently sealed an agreement with The Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia (IIA Malaysia) to be the only tuition provider of the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) qualification in Malaysia. With the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed, Sunway-TES will collaborate with IIA Malaysia in preparing the internal auditors in Malaysia to attain a globally-recognized CIA qualification.

The MOA was signed on 21 October 2009 by Mr. Teo Ee Sing, Executive Director of Sunway-TES and Mr. Walter Sandosam, Chairman of the Academic Relations Committee of IIA Malaysia. This significant moment was witnessed by Ms. Elizabeth Lee, Executive Director of Sunway University College, and En. Hashim Mohammad, President of IIA Malaysia. Also present at this memorable event was Professor Robert Bignall, Vice-Chancellor of Sunway University College, Mr. Richard Chambers, the President of IIA Global, U.S., and Mr. Joseph Lim, CEO of Sunway College Kuching.

The CIA is a certification and a professional development programme offered by the Institute of Internal Auditors, U.S.A for auditors who wish to enhance their competency and professionalism required in the field of Internal Auditing. The demand for the CIA professionals is high, given the amendment of the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance that requires all listed companies on Bursa Malaysia to set up their respective internal audit functions. Also, there is a need to constantly meet the global professional standards issued by the Institute of Internal Auditors.

In Sunway-TES, students of the CIA programme are given the opportunity to study the CIA exam materials in a structured manner. They are guided by a team of highly qualified CIA trainers who will not only help the candidates to pass the exams required for certification, but expose students to the best internal audit practices and global standards.

To find out more about the CIA programme, contact Sunway-TES at 03-74918622 ext. 3309 (Ms. Juliana) / 3734 (Mr. Alex Lee) or email enquiries to alexl@sunway.edu.my.