WALKING onto the football field at Sunway University, Subang Jaya, made me wish I was a student all over again.
The campus pitch was abuzz with laughter and chatter as more than 2,000 students, staff and the surrounding community celebrated the 30th anniversary of Sunway Education Group (SEG) in a fun-filled carnival.
Aside from the free flow of food and exciting games, a string of live performances by Sunway’s Got Talent 2017 contestants further hyped up the atmosphere, generating loud cheers from the audience.
The highlight of the celebration was the 3D projection mapping show in which images were projected on the facade of the university’s building from four projectors.
The show featured the journey and successes of SEG in the past three decades of contributing to the growth of Malaysia’s education scene.
“Within SEG, Sunway College was the first to open. Since then, we have become a huge education group of 16 institutions, including Sunway University, Sunway International School, Monash University Malaysia and the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
“We are celebrating a lot of achievements as well as Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah’s vision of creating a Harvard of the east,” said Sunway Education Group and Sunway University senior executive director Dr Elizabeth Lee.
It felt appropriate to have a light show as Sunway was all about light, signifying the group’s journey towards a brighter future ahead and symbolising their mission in lighting the path for students, she added.
SEG continues to deliver quality higher education and great academic and cultural exchanges, partnering with world-renowned institutions to offer a holistic education with international recognition.
This includes Sunway University and its academic collaborations with University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Lancaster University and Le Cordon Bleu International.
Lee said when they first began, their goal was to become a reputable institution in the country and in the region.
“Now, we are aiming to be a world-renowned institution of repute.
“In fact, with our group of institutions from school to university and doctorate level, with research centres and innovation labs, we aim to become an international education hub.
“All these are enabled by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) that was established to support education,” she said.
To-date, the JCF has disbursed more than RM270mil in scholarships to thousands of deserving students as it continues to provide more students with opportunities to education.
Cheah has also pledged to disburse RM1bil in scholarships in his lifetime to ensure sustainable quality education is given to students.
In conjunction with the 30th anniversary, the foundation will be awarding RM57mil more in scholarships this year.