IN APPRECIATION of its alumni’s contributions, Sunway University held an event to connect alumni with current students and encourage them to give back to the Sunway community.
The event also provided an opportunity for students to learn about Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah’s legacy of giving back to the community through the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.
The foundation offers scholarships and research grants as well as community outreach programmes.
Cheah, who is also Sunway University chancellor and the Sunway Group founder, said: “Growing up, I witnessed what poverty did to families. My experiences helped shape my belief that education provides the best route out of poverty and misery.”
The “Giving Sunwayian Award” was presented to three alumni – Leong Chee Keong, Chow Shenn Kuan and Steven Chang – in recognition of their philanthropic efforts.
Sunway Education Group chief executive officer Prof Datuk Elizabeth Lee, Sunway University president Prof Sibrandes Poppema, Sunway College executive director Prof Teo Ee Sing and Sunway University provost Prof Abhimanyu Veerakumarasivam were also at the event.
Lee said they wanted to pay tribute to the alumni who had actively contributed to society.
“They have given their full commitment, be it of their time or by supporting our events and activities.
“We commend their effort to motivate, guide and inspire our students by sharing their knowledge and expertise,” said Lee.
She said the event was meaningful as it also encouraged the alumni to give more once they understood how their actions could impact and change the lives of the next generation.