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Sunway University

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Sunway University is one of the top private institutions in Malaysia. It’s not-for-profit and dedicated to quality education, supporting enterprise and undertaking research into key global problems.

It’s in Sunway City, a lively green resort location in the centre of the Klang Valley, west of Kuala Lumpur. The university is relatively young by global standards, yet it places in the QS World University Rankings as within the top:

  • 2 per cent of universities in the world
  • 1.5 per cent of universities in Asia
  • 150 universities in the world under the age of 50

The university has a 5-star ‘excellent’ rating by the Malaysian government (SETARA) and is one of 11 universities in Malaysia to be awarded ‘premier digital technology university’ status.

Knowledge sharing from world-leading experts

Sunway University collaborates with leading universities such as Harvard University and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Professors from the latter give occasional lectures to the university and the wider Sunway City community. The university has a close relationship with the UK’s Lancaster University, enabling students on many programmes to qualify for Lancaster degrees.

The university also stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Le Cordon Bleu International. This collaboration awards graduates from certified culinary and hospitality programmes with a degree/diploma from the university and parchment from Le Cordon Bleu.

Modern campus environment

The university is close to many social and community amenities, accessible by safe walkways at the tree top level. This gives a unique and sustainable study, work and social environment. Sunway City reflects the global movement of sustainable ‘fifteen-minute cities’; it’s hyper-connected where everything is accessible within 15 minutes’ walk.

International students are welcomed to a globally connected, forward-looking university, located in one of the most exciting campus destinations on the planet in the warm heart of tropical, sunny Malaysia.

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Top 2 per cent of scientists

Stanford University released its list representing the top 2 per cent of scientists from around the globe in numerous disciplines recently. Six researchers from Sunway made it to this esteemed list of the world's top 2 per cent of scientists.

The researchers from the Stanford University List of World’s Top 2 per cent scientists:

  • Prof. Saidur Rahman
  • Prof. Edward Tiekink
  • Prof. Mohamed Kheireddine
  • Prof. Sibrandes Poppema

In the Stanford University 2019 List of World’s Top 2 per cent Scientists who made an impact, the following scientists made it to the list:

  • Prof. Edward Tiekink
  • Prof. Mohamed Kheireddine
  • Prof. Saidur Rahman
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr Adarsh Kumar Pandey
  • Prof. Yau Kok Lim

The Board of ICENS

Sunway University’s Head of the Centre for Applied Physics and Radiation Technologies, David Bradley, was recently appointed to the Board of the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (ICENS) from Jamaica. Visit the Sunway website for more recent updates.

Study options

Study options

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

Sunway University Business School (SUBS)

A leading business school in the ASEAN Region, its programmes are authenticated by Lancaster University in the UK, its management degrees recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and it is also a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The school is home to highly qualified staff, world-class curriculum, and is in the world’s top 2 per cent in business and management (QS 2020 university subject rankings).

School of Medical and Life Sciences

The school offers education focusing on healthcare development through its programmes, training, and clinical research. Its team of practitioners and academics make for a positive learning environment with study options that focus on imparting knowledge and helping students gain practical skills.

School of Engineering and Technology

All undergraduate programmes on offer are validated by Lancaster University, UK and the school is constantly growing both its undergraduate and postgraduate offerings.

School of Mathematical Sciences

The school’s team of academics, and support staff teach and guide students through their study journey. It helps students succeed in their Society of Actuaries (SOA) examinations and also helps produce highly employable graduates.

School of Hospitality and Service Management

Students will benefit from its state-of-the-art facilities which include its mock hotel suite, beverage laboratory, cuisine, a student-training restaurant, pastry & demo kitchens, a commercially oriented restaurant, and event studio.

School of Arts

This school offers students excellent teaching and project-based learning along with its expertise, facilities, equipment, and individualised attention. Students in different disciplines will also have the opportunity to work and collaborate together as part of their student journey.

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 13 research centres that conducts studies across various disciplines. Its research contributes to social and economic development at a national level and ensures staff are on top of the latest developments in their fields and use research-informed teaching. 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.

Sunway University has achieved ground-breaking and innovative research, and its influence has begun to manifest on a global scale. 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.

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 student usage. Wi-Fi access is also available throughout 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.

In the 2017 Student Barometer Survey Entry Wave, the university was rated the best in Asia for its labs, library, campus buildings, and technology and is the first in Malaysia for overall institutional experience that includes aspects such as virtual learning, safety, and sports facilities.

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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 2019, awarded more than RM 538 million in scholarships to thousands of deserving students in various fields of study.

Through the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, Sunway College 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
  • Sunway Music Scholarship
  • Jeffrey Cheah Continuing Scholarship

View scholarships available for prospective students at Sunway University/ Sunway College.

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.

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

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Dixon, Malaysia

Sunway has been renovating and upgrading the facilities for the past few years to stay relevant in the education industry and provide all the student with best in class study experience. Cut the long story short, Sunway provides student with conducive study environment, friendly lecturer and helpful admin staff. I'm 
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It is the best University/City for International students as everything is just minutes away

Anonymous, Indonesia

Sunway University provided one of the best City Campus facilities as there is life balance between study, sports, leisure. 

Studying was challenging yet it was fun for me as i get to the a lot of assignments such as preparing business proposals, product presentation, marketing research. By end of the day, I am glad 
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