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Sunway University

Malaysia Malaysia

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Located close to Malaysia’s cosmopolitan Kuala Lumpur, Sunway University is adjacent to the spectacular Sunway Lagoon theme park.

Welcoming students from over 90 countries, with all programmes accredited and taught in English, Sunway is a world-class university rated 5 stars by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and awarded an international QS 5 stars for teaching, employability and facilities. The University, is also in the top 2.5% of universities in Asia (QS Asia University Rankings 2018).  

With a RM350 million investment in intelligent infrastructure, its purpose-built campus is within the Sunway City, home to the iconic Canopy Walk leading to the state-of-the-art Pyramid shopping mall with convenient public transport to tourist attractions and KL International Airport.

A range of stylish student residences are available with dedicated Student Welfare teams, BBQ and picnic areas, air-conditioned lounges and Wi-Fi enabled study areas.

Offering an array of clubs, societies and sporting facilities, students can enjoy racket sports, martial arts, athletics and the spectacular SunGym with a deck and juice bar facing the FIFA football field and an Olympic-sized swimming pool and poolside café.

The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation supports Sunway’s outstanding academic staff through research and fellowship schemes with Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge to enhance teaching excellence and create collaborations for global sustainable development.

Sunway has international partnerships in place; namely with Lancaster University UK for prestigious dual degree awards, with Le Cordon Bleu Paris for distinguished culinary and hospitality professional certification and exchange programmes with Western Michigan University, USA.

It offers generous scholarships, funding and guidance for professional development and all programmes offer internships with over 500 multinational and local organisations employing Sunway graduates and interns.

The Sunway Alumni Relations team within the Student LIFE Centre cultivates mutually beneficial relationships worldwide.

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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…

  • 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.
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.


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:


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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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

The main campus has Wi-Fi available 24-hours per day throughout the university building, including in classrooms, lecture halls, the cafeteria, the library, the concourse and open areas that are beneficial for eLearning and working on course assignments.

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 access accounts also provide access to facilities like scanning, photocopying and printing.

A world-class library

Sunway University’s ISO 9001:2008 certified library is among the largest of its kind for private educational institutions in Malaysia. The library is equipped with technology for the 21st century, and provides easy access to international databases and thousands of e-journals.

Its spacious 72,000 square feet of floor space also houses a variety of learning spaces including a Viewing Zone, Training Rooms, Conference Room, and IT facilities.

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 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.

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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

Andrianto, 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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