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Overview

For 30 years, Sunway University has earned a strong international reputation, shaping students to grow 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 2.5% of universities in Asia (QS Asia University Rankings 2018). 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 Lancaster University in the UK. Students opting for programmes designed by Lancaster get 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 on relevant research, funded by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. The Foundation also offers a range of scholarships 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 to ‘employable’ graduates, sports and recreation facilities and welfare services. The University has already invested RM350 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.

Average Tuition Fee Per Year

Undergraduate
Fees are per year and for indicative purpose

4,12,361

Postgraduate
Fees are per year and for indicative purpose

1,96,988

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

3,15,180

Campus accommodation

2,41,638

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What's new

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…

  • The 2nd Cambridge - Oxford - Sunway Biomedical Symposium was held at Sunway University, and featured presentations from world-renowned experts from leading UK and Australian research institutions. Topics explored included emerging healthcare issues such as the increase in diabetes, cancer and age-related illnesses over Southeast Asia.
  • The Sunway University Business School organised a Professional Development Workshop for students. The workshop saw presentations on a range of topics by students, alumni and lecturers. It also touched upon aspects of career-preparation to help business students gain desirable skills and access to employment opportunities.
  • In collaboration with Harvard Medical School, Sunway Medical Centre organised the inaugural Harvard Medical School Southeast Asia Leadership (HMS-SEAL) programme, a one-year healthcare certificate programme to provide world-class training for healthcare professionals throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The programme is aimed at benefiting clinicians who wish to transition into administrative management or executive roles, and medical and non-medical personnel and staff who aspire to become directors, executives and administrators.

More on news and events at Sunway…

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

All of Sunway University’s academic programmes adhere to high international compliance standards. The University 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. Sunway has also been ranked among the top 2.5% of institutions in Asia in the 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings for Asia, following the highest distinction in the recent QS Stars University Ratings for teaching, employability and facilities.

These ratings affirm Sunway’s core strengths of top quality academic staff, distinction in teaching and research, as well as state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure that are conducive for learning within an outstanding campus environment. The University’s innovative teaching methods provide students with ample opportunities to advance and apply their knowledge, while its focus on high impact research gives students the opportunity to learn and work with the very best.

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 diverse international community of academic staff and students on campus adds to the rich academic environment which helps nurture students to be globally minded professionals.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Sunway University is firm in its commitment to producing highly employable graduates, and on helping students take the first steps on their chosen career path. Sunway Career Services equips students with the right tools and essential skills to prepare them for the working world. The University works closely with employers to match their recruitment needs and helps students meet their career aspirations.

Through its PRePARE programme, Sunway Career Services offer a range of services, including weekly talks on soft skills, Career Network events, on-campus interviews, internship workshops and Career Advisory Services.

Events and Internships

The Career Services at Sunway organise an annual Career Fair, where students can explore their career opportunities and meet with prospective employers. Sunway also helps coordinate internships for interested students during their semester breaks.

Employment Prospects

Sunway University’s graduates have moved on to work with more than 500 leading local and multinational organisations in every conceivable field of work, be it Advertising & Media, Electronics, Financial Services, IT or Engineering. Prominent employers in the recent past include Ogilvy & Mather, Volvo, Samsung, Unilever, Nestle, Citibank, British Petroleum and many more famous names. 

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. 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 facilities 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 crocodiles 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.

There are a total of nine research centres that support Sunway University’s research agenda, all of which are contained within three schools – the School of Arts, the School of Science and Technology and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, which houses the Sunway Institute for Healthcare Development. Research areas span a wide range of topics, from Crystalline Materials and Radiation Sciences to Sustainable Development.

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Entry requirements

International students applying for undergraduate study at Sunway must have qualifications equivalent to the Malaysian Higher School Certificate known as Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). The methods used by the University to determine the overall grade of several pre-university qualifications are as follows:

A-Level

The A-Level is a secondary school leaving qualification in the United Kingdom (UK) and commonly offered as an international qualification outside the UK. Students’ best three grades achieved in their A-Level qualification would be assigned specific points and summated to arrive at a score that would be considered for admission.

International Baccalaureate

If students’ total points on the International Baccalaureate, excluding bonus points, exceed the stated requirements, they would then qualify for admission. Students also need to present proof of successful completion of a diploma.

Graduate Study

For admission to a graduate study programme at Sunway, international students should have completed a relevant bachelor’s or honours degree, as appropriate, with the required grade point average. Students whose first language is not English must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language, with an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or an equivalent score on the TOEFL. In some cases, a portfolio or any other proof of further work done may also be required.

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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 RM330 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
  • Sunway Sports Scholarship
  • Sunway – ICAEW Global Accountant Scholarship Scheme
  • Sunway Education Group – Elena Cooke Education Fund

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.

More about scholarships...

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Minimum IELTS Score

6.0Undergraduate

6.0Postgraduate

Minimum TOEFL IBT

80Undergraduate

80Postgraduate

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