31 May 2012

Sunway University wins Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Gold Award second time running

Sunway University has won the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand 2012 Gold Award in the Malaysian Private University category. In accepting the award, Ms. Elizabeth Lee, Senior Executive Director, Sunway Education Group said, “As the Sunway Education Group celebrates its 25th Anniversary it is indeed extremely meaningful to receive this significant award which reaffirms our commitment to providing quality education to our students and to shaping the education landscape in Malaysia”.

“Through the years, Sunway University has grown from being just an educational institution to one that also brings life experiences to thousands of graduates. At Sunway University, success is measured not just by the number of graduates that it has produced but also by the way its graduates think and go on to make a difference in our country and the world” said Professor Robert Bignall, Vice-Chancellor, Sunway University.

The Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia, Y.B Dato’ Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed presented the award to Sunway University witnessed by Walter Beyleveldt, Managing Director, Asia Pacific Reader’s Digest. Sunway University clinched the same award in 2011 from Asia Reader’s Digest.

30 May 2012

A worldly experience for Sunway CTHCM students

Anthony Liew Khar Khiaw and Lee Kai Sean both second year students from the Diploma in Culinary Arts programme and lecturer, Chef Chong Wei Tzeh recently participated in the Food and Hotel Asia 2012 Culinary Challenge (FHA) and made Sunway proud by bringing home two silver medals and one bronze medal. The FHA held in Singapore this year saw the participation of many chefs and culinary schools from various countries.

Adhering to the requirement of the competition, Lee created a cold appetizer which he named ‘Symphony of Seafood’ that showcased a creative interplay of seafood sensations such as baby octopus and prawn mousse. Anthony trained for two weeks to get this dish right with the help of the lecturers from the Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Management (CTHCM). When asked to describe his dish, Lee said, “The dish is an explosion of flavours. The taste from the baby octopus creates a fresh and light taste that is enveloped with a dash of mousse giving it a fluffy and tangy flavour with a hint of freshness from the watermelon. The dish also incorporates a sprout roll that gives it an extra crunchy bite that stunned the judges. Other ingredients used were prawn oil for the aroma and balsamic reduction vinegar for added flavour.

Chef Chong Wei Tzeh with his sugar show piece titled ‘Birth of Spring’.

18 May 2012

Sunway hospitality and culinary students prepared a banquet

Sunway University’s Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Management students recently participated in the Youth Chef Table 2012 to have a feel for preparing a banquet.  The Inaugural Youth Chef’s Table dinner organised by Chef Richmond Lim, special events chairman of Chefs Association of Malaysia, saw 80 students from various culinary related programmes including Sunway’s BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Management and Diploma in Culinary Arts students preparing a scrumptious nine-course dinner for 260 guests at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.  

The two desserts displayed at the Youth Chef Table 2012

11 May 2012

The Sunway Education Expo – Celebrating 25 years of Trailblazing Positive Change through Innovative and Inspiring Sunway Education Experience

Petaling Jaya, 11 May, 2012 – The Sunway Education Group (“the SE Group”) is pleased to announce the celebration of 25 years of trailblazing education this year with the unveiling of its 25th Anniversary logo recently. The Group which is owned and governed by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, has been instrumental in creating one of the finest and quality learning environments through their academic values.

(left to right) Ms Jane Poh, Branding and Strategy Director, Sunway Education Group; Mr Lee Weng Keng, CEO, Education & Healthcare Division, The Sunway Group and Elizabeth Lee, Executive Director, Sunway Education Group launching the 25th Anniversary of Sunway Education Group

9 May 2012


Johan Mahmood Merican, CEO of Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) together with Elizabeth Lee, the Sunway Education Group Executive Director, officiated the opening of Sunway University’s “Get Hired 2012” event recently. The Career Networking Event hosted 42 companies from the private sector, including BDO Malaysia, Citibank, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, MAS, OSK, Petronas and PwC. Over 1000 students from 20 higher education institutions attended.

Johan Merican in an interview after the launch

TalentCorp, which was established under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Department to spearhead Malaysia’s talent development initiative in line with the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), co-hosted Get Hired 2012 with Sunway University on its campus. Sunway University is the only private higher institution in Malaysia currently working with Talentcorp to educate students on career paths and to connect them with industry.

Key events in conjunction with Get Hired 2012 included CEO Forums that featured guest speakers such as Mr. Izani Ghani (CFO, Khazanah Nasional), YM Dato’ Ahmad Burhanuddin (CEO/MD, Theme Attractions and Resorts), and Mr. Joel Neoh (CEO, Groupon Malaysia). Other events included the ‘Lunchtime Quickies’ and ‘Teh Tarik Sessions’ series of talks by local business leaders.

Sunway students at the career networking tea

“Addressing the growing need for world-class human capital across Malaysia’s economic landscape requires a strong domestic talent pipeline. This is best achieved through closer engagement between our students and leading Malaysian employers, through platforms such as today’s career fair,” said Johan.

He also expressed his confidence that Get Hired 2012 would help raise awareness and generate interest in the diverse career options available in Malaysia. Engaging leading organisations directly would also help provide young Malaysian talent with a better appreciation of what it takes to succeed in their future careers.

The Career Network Tea at Sunway University was the highlight of Get Hired 2012, which featured booths by the 42 participating companies. Students’ resumes were accepted, and on-the-spot interviews held for exceptional hopefuls. Last year’s inaugural Get Hired event saw participation by 38 local companies.

Get Hired 2012’s objective is to forge connections between top university graduates and employers, and to provide both hiring and employment opportunities. Pre-event activities leading up to the opening, focus on preparing students for the event and for working life, including seminars on job interviewing, resume writing, networking and body language.

Get Hired 2012 was organised by Sunway University’s Student Services Department, backed by the Sunway Education Group under the auspices of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation is a special purpose, not-for-profit vehicle dedicated to giving to society through education. Headed by Founding Trustee YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, AO, the Foundation has to date awarded over RM80 million in scholarships and awards since 1997.