Third gold in the bag for Sunway University

  • Business
  • Saturday, 29 Jun 2013

SUNWAY University is thrilled that it won the Reader's Digest Trusted Brands Gold Award 2013 in the Malaysian Private University category recently.

This is the third consecutive time the university has won this award. The two earlier occasions it earned the same award were in 2011 and 2012.

According to Asia-Pacific for Reader's Digest managing director Walter Beyleveldt, the awards given out in various categories were based entirely on consumer voting and were compiled in a transparent and statistically reliable manner, and are thus accepted and trusted by consumers and marketers across Asia.

“We are proud to be given this award which endorses us as a leading university in Malaysia among consumers.

“We shall endeavour to continue to provide quality education to our students.

“At Sunway University, we prepare young minds to be critical and independent thinkers through our student-centred and outcome-based education,” said Sunway University Vice-Chancellor Professor Graeme Wilkinson.

In 2012, Sunway University achieved a Tier Five (Excellent) rating in the MQA's (Malaysian Qualifications Agency) rating exercise for Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (SETARA 11) and Tier Five rating in the Discipline-Based Rating (D-SETARA) exercise for the Hospitality and Tourism Discipline for undergraduate programmes in the Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Management (CTHCM), Sunway University.

The University is progressing on schedule with the construction of a new 12-storey state-of-the-art academic block with a two-level basement car park and a new football field which will be completed next year.

The new block, with an environmentally friendly design and concept in construction, incorporates energy and water efficiency and also includes good natural lighting and ventilation systems.

The block will be able to accommodate another 9,000 students.

In line with that, Sunway University is also developing a whole new suite of programmes to be offered when the new academic block is ready.

Sunway University's programmes are recognised and validated by prestigious international partners, including Lancaster University, a research-led institution that is ranked as one of the top 10 UK universities, and the world-renowned institute synonymous with culinary education excellence, Le Cordon Bleu.

Graduates of Sunway University receive both a nationally accredited Sunway University scroll and another from its partner for the dual degree or diploma programmes.

This ensures that the undergraduate qualifications gained at Sunway are recognised all over the world.

In contrast to other private universities in Malaysia, Sunway University is fully owned and governed by a non-profit foundation, the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.

This means that all of the university's surpluses are ploughed back to provide scholarships and to support education and research.

The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation is an important example of community outreach that helps students in their understanding of corporate social responsibility.

The Foundation was established by Sunway University's founder and chancellor, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah. The establishment of the foundation is an expression of his deeply held belief that education is a vital social good that nurtures success and transforms lives.

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