Alliance Bank, Sunway University team up to upskill SMEs

From left: Alliance Bank head of SME business development Gary Khoo, Alliance Bank group chief corporate & commercial banking officer Jeff Tham, Alliance Bank group chief business development officer Fozia Amanulla, Sunway Education Group CEO Dr Elizabeth Lee, Sunway University vice-chancellor Professor Graeme Wilkinson, Sunway Group director, Sunway iLabs Matthijs van Leeuwen and Sunway iLabs Foundry head Karen Lau.

KUALA LUMPUR: Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sunway University Sdn Bhd to provide courses to help upskill SMEs’ workforce through Sunway iLabs.

In a joint statement Friday, it said the programme, called 2021 SME Jumpstart Series, is developed by Sunway University and open to all businesses.

Registration is now open for the first course under the series, which will begin in April 2021 and conducted via a virtual classroom.

Alliance Bank and Sunway iLabs are currently planning for more SME courses to be announced in the upcoming months.

Alliance Bank’s business banking customers or BizSmart Solution Portal partners will enjoy a special rate when they enrol themselves or their employees in any of the programmes.

Alliance Bank group chief business development officer Fozia Amanulla said: “It is vital for businesses to constantly adapt and transform to remain competitive in this challenging environment. Beyond financial assistance, we also understand that it is important to help provide the right tools for our SME clients to succeed.”

Fozia said its collaboration with Sunway University was the next step the bank is taking to provide its SME clients with a platform to upskill themselves.

She believed the courses will provide the right knowledge and insights for its SME clients to bring their business to the next level.

Meanwhile, Sunway Education Group CEO Dr. Elizabeth Lee said businesses will not only have to learn to adapt but to transform post-pandemic.

This is to ensure their businesses stay relevant and be ready for the uncertain times ahead, she said.

“For our students, the collaboration will provide them with a wider range of opportunities where they can pitch business ideas and solutions which may help solve some of the more crucial problems faced by SMEs,” Lee said.

Students and graduates from Sunway University are given the opportunity to apply for an internship or graduate placement programme at Alliance Bank or any BizSmart Solution’s business partners.

In addition, students and graduates from Sunway University will also receive preferential banking benefits such as attractive savings rates, lower credit card requirements and lifestyle benefits, including pre-booking on latest mobile phone launches, travel airfare discounts, e-commerce promo codes and more.

For more information on the courses offered by Alliance Bank and Sunway University, visit

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