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Sunway University



For 30 years, Sunway University has earned a strong international reputation, shaping students both academically and socially. Sunway’s students are not just restricted to the traditional classroom learning and teaching environment, they get out to experience and learn about the world. The university is in the top 2% of universities in Asia (QS Asia University Rankings 2019). It has also been awarded with QS 5-star ratings, for its excellence in teaching, employability and facilities.

Sunway takes pride in its strong collaborations with some major universities, such as the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Harvard University and Lancaster University. Students opting for programmes designed by Lancaster get the best of both worlds – a degree from Sunway as well as from Lancaster. In addition, Sunway’s ties with the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, one of the oldest hospitality and culinary training organisations, prove to be of great benefit for students who opt for such programmes at Sunway.

Besides the university’s links with major institutes all around the world, over 500 multinational and local organisations employ Sunway graduates and interns. The university invests a lot into relevant research, funded by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. The foundation also offers a range of scholarships worth RM 402 million for prospective students studying at Sunway.

Sunway supports its students with a variety of services, including health and wellness support, career services that mould students into ‘employable’ graduates, sports and recreation facilities and welfare services. The university has already invested RM 400 million in its ‘Sunway City’ campus, which is equipped with cutting-edge facilities and resources for students. This purpose-built campus is one of the main attractions amongst students, alongside the exciting life that they enjoy outside the university.

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Sunway University is a vibrant, dynamic community where there’s always something happening – in the form of events, workshops, seminars and much more. Students can benefit greatly by being part of these activities which teach them lessons and give them the kind of exposure that is vital in today’s global age.

A few recent events include:

Sunway University’s Psychology department collaborates with the University of Western Australia

The Department of Psychology of Sunway University hosted members from the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Faculty of Science in January 2019 to discuss collaborations between the universities.

Staff from Sunway University’s School of Science and Technology including, Professor Serguei Demidenko (the Dean), Professor Nigel Marsh (Associate Dean) and Dr Alvin Ng Lai Oon (Head of the Department of Psychology) met with the UWA delegation and explored opportunities for collaborative teaching degree programmes at postgraduate level.

It was also discussed that the UWA’s pioneering Master of Business Psychology would be the ideal point of origin for this combined venture. The postgraduate programme has significant demand among industries and involves working together with a World Top 100 university like the UWA.

Inaugural ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference hosted by Sunway University

Over 300 researchers across the South East Asian region gathered at Sunway University in December 2018 for the inaugural ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference (AERC) 2018.

The conference was held over two days and was organised by Sunway University in partnership with the University of Cambridge, Wolfson College, the Young Scientist Network (YSN) Malaysia and the Cambridge University Malaysia Society.

The international conference involved talks, forums, lectures, workshops, proposal pitching and presentations. The event concluded with a gala dinner formatted in a Cambridge-style hall, which gave the participants a Cambridge experience.

Study options

Study options

Sunway University’s six schools offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across a variety of subject areas for international students.

Sunway University Business School (SUBS)

Equipping its students with advanced skills and best business practice exposure, SUBS is a leading business school in the ASEAN Region. Its programmes are authenticated by Lancaster University in the UK and it is also a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

School of Healthcare and Medical Sciences

This school imparts skills in treating, rehabilitating, counselling and educating patients via its Diploma in Nursing.

School of Science and Technology

The school prepares students for careers in biology, computing, information systems and psychology through exposure to the latest teaching and learning practices, and research-informed programmes.

School of Mathematical Sciences

The school’s BSc (Hons) Actuarial Studies programme includes applying statistical and mathematical techniques in the financial domain, and prepares students for professional exams that lead to recognised actuary status or specialisations in the financial risk and insurance industries.

School of Hospitality

The school’s degree and diploma programmes embrace new trends and learning practices, in line with the ever-changing nature of the hospitality industry. The school seeks to equip students with the vital skills necessary to work in this vibrant industry.

School of Arts

This school offers a variety of disciplines, ranging from communication and liberal arts to performing arts, through a hands-on approach for students that allows them to explore the vast landscape of the arts, from the processes of creation to curation.

Additionally, there is the American Degree Transfer Programme, which allows students to study for the first part of their degree at Sunway and then transfer seamlessly to a university in the US. The university also offers an Intensive English programme.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

All of Sunway University’s academic programmes adhere to high international compliance standards. The university has been ranked among the top 2% of institutions in Asia in the 2019 edition of the QS World University Rankings for Asia. It has also been awarded the highest distinction of 5-star ratings in the 2018 QS Stars University Ratings for teaching, employability and facilities (which is valid until 2021).

Sunway University has maintained its Tier 5 “excellent” rating in the 2017 Malaysian Rating for University and University College Excellence (SETARA-2017) - a certification of quality it has held since 2009.

These ratings affirm Sunway’s core strengths of top-quality academic staff, distinction in teaching and research, as well as the infrastructure and latest facilities on campus that enhance the learning experience of students. Its students are provided with plenty of opportunities to expand and apply their knowledge owing to the university’s emphasis on research and its advanced teaching methods.

Moulding global citizens and industry-fit graduates

Sunway University connects with industry leaders at every level to ensure the relevance of its programmes and curriculum. Students work on real projects and in areas of applied research, which provides them with valuable insights and makes them work-ready.

The university’s community of students and academic staff is internationally diverse and augments the rich campus environment which prepares students to be global professionals.

Research at Sunway

Research at Sunway

Sunway University aims to make a real impact in the world, and places enormous emphasis on the development of its research profile through its nine research centres that conducts studies across various disciplines. With able support from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, Sunway University invests heavily in upgrading its research infrastructure, and recruiting academics with strong research profiles and a proven track-record of publication in leading journals.

The university has also commissioned brand new, state-of-the-art laboratories and other amenities to facilitate this enhancement. Thus, international students at Sunway have the benefit of working in a highly vibrant and conducive research environment.

Already, Sunway University’s ground-breaking, innovative research is beginning to make its impact felt around the world. From work on anticancer drugs inspired by cockroaches to the digital preservation of cultural heritage; and from crystal engineering to understanding social behaviour across species, Sunway’s research efforts are already contributing in various ways to the betterment of the world.




Sunway University offers students a host of facilities to enhance their time on campus. The sprawling 22-acre campus, located on prime land in Sunway City, Petaling Jaya, is fully equipped with academic, hostel and sports facilities.

High quality internet bandwidth

Students can experience e-Learning and benefit from the university’s Wi-Fi that is available throughout the main campus including the university buildings, lecture halls, library, classrooms, cafeteria, the concourse and open areas.

Other more advanced benefits of the high-quality bandwidth include direct linkage into international Educational Research networks in the UK, Australia and Singapore, and enhanced delivery of multimedia content. Student Wi-Fi accounts also provide access to facilities like scanning, photocopying and printing.

A world-class library

With an annual investment of over RM 2.5 million, Sunway University’s library is ISO 9001:2008 certified and is among the largest of its kind in Malaysia for private educational institutions. It offers easy access to thousands of e-journals and large international databases facilitated by state-of-the-art technology.

Spanning across 72,000 square feet of floor space, the library accommodates a viewing zone, conference rooms, training rooms and IT facilitates – among a variety of other learning spaces.

Specialised labs and library IT facilities

There are four specialised computer learning laboratories on campus with more than 100 units of public PCs open for students’ usage. Wi-Fi access is also available through the library area.


Academics apart, Sunway boasts enviable infrastructure to support cultural, leisure and recreational pursuits of students. From athletics and tennis to judo and frisbee, students have a range of options open to them, and numerous sports clubs to help them further pursue their sporting interests.

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Scholarships & funding

Sunway University is committed to providing access to higher education for deserving students through merit-based scholarships and bursaries.

The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, established in March 2010 and named after the Chairman of Sunway Group has, as of 2017, awarded more than RM 402 million in scholarships to thousands of deserving students in various fields of study.

Through the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, Sunway College has continuously disbursed scholarships and education funds to deserving students through scholarships/awards. The university offers a whole host of scholarships and bursaries, and the primary among them are listed below:

  • Jeffrey Cheah Entrance Scholarship
  • Jeffrey Cheah Continuing Scholarship
  • Jeffrey Cheah Foundation - Sunway Group Scholarship
  • Sunway – ICAEW Global Accountant Scholarship Scheme
  • School of Arts Music Scholarship
  • Jeffrey Cheah Continuing Scholarship

International students can contact staff and counsellors in the Student LIFE Centre to know which scholarships they are eligible for, and for more information on how to apply for them.

There is also the Jeffrey Cheah Scholastic Award, awarded to students who achieve outstanding results in their individual academic programme at the end of their course.

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