AFTER the hurdle of passing secondary school examinations recedes, most students would eventually turn their attention to enrolling in a tertiary education that best suits their individual needs, plans and expectations.
Setting aside the choice of subjects available, the quality of instruction and the cost of studying, there are other key elements that also influence how students and parents choose a college or university.
That said, an academic institution can gauge where it stands with students through the i-graduate Student Barometer. This service tracks and compares the decision-making, expectations, perceptions and intentions of students from application to graduation.
The barometer, conducted from last September to December, quizzed students through a questionnaire on their arrival, learning, living, support, recommendation, application and choice of institution.
It also delved into the students’ wellbeing at an institution, as well as their opportunity to develop their careers.
Top marks all-round
More than 195,000 students from 212 institutions across 21 countries responded to the survey.
Remarkably, Sunway College and Sunway University students were leading actively as nearly 6,000 students took the opportunity to participate in the survey.
The university accorded a high score of 91.2% in its overall living experience and 92.4% in overall student support. The results placed Sunway at the top spots for both indicators in Malaysia.
In addition, it also scored No. 1 in Malaysia for its accommodation and safety, as well as a No. 1 in Malaysia score for its sports facilities and campus cafeteria.
A library of limitless opportunities
One of the key mentions was the Sunway Campus Library, which received a top score of No. 1 in Malaysia and Asia. The library serves Sunway University, Sunway College KL and Le Cordon Bleu within the Sunway campus.
It also facilitates staff and some students of the Sunway International School and has reciprocal borrowing privileges with Monash University Malaysia staff and students.
The library creates a collaborative environment that supports and enhances student learning, academic excellence and lifelong learning, based on the learning commons concept.
The Sunway Campus Library is linked worldwide, with instant access to more than 150,000 books, the Harvard collections, audiovisual materials and bound journals, 127 electronic databases, 56,000 e-journals and more than 210,000 e-books.
Students have access to services, resources and expertise for their writing and research, with the technology to help them complete their tasks.
A library where your face fits
Early this year, the library was also fitted with facial recognition (FR) technology, which allows secure access by scanning users’ faces at the entrance and exit points.
This allows fast and accurate identification of all authorised users, making studying and research a seamless transition in the lives of its many students.
A sustainable community
The campus is eco-friendly and home to the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development. Sunway obtained No. 1 in Malaysia for Eco-Friendly as tracked by the barometer and the university itself supports the government in realising the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
It is situated within Malaysia’s first integrated green township of Sunway City, which is certified by the Green Building Index.
It also supports sustainability efforts by driving the best minds to discover new ideas in undertaking economic and environmental issues, via the resident Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, which extends its sustainability agenda through teaching, research, policy and problem-solving practices.
As part of this ongoing initiatives, Sunway has held various sustainability programmes, including the #campuswithaconscience and the #thelaststraw campaign, where university campus vendors in Sunway City worked with students, staff and lecturers in voicing their support to protect the world’s oceans from plastic pollution.
The campus will eradicate plastic bottles, straws and continue moving towards eliminating Single Use Plastic.
Sunway College and Sunway University also practice green activities such as having a water conservation programme, green facilities, recycling and a policy to encourage more walking via connected and covered walkways.
Sunway University celebrated the largest event ever last year, where the campus was chosen to host the 3rd Anniversary for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. There were more than 8,000 Malaysians on campus, held hands all around Sunway City to commemorate the anniversary.
Gauging perfection in education
The i-graduate Student Barometer uses a customised approach that gives international and domestic students the chance to voice their opinions, hence, providing a full picture when surveying students across all fields and levels of study.
It enables institutions to improve their students’ experience through informed decisions gained from student feedback.
The semi-standardised online questionnaires are formatted, adapted and customised to different institutions. All i-graduate Student Barometer benchmarks are based on a two-year period.