WITH the world in flux from the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic and its far-reaching implications on the economy, healthcare and travel, no one is spared from its impact.
Among the many groups in Malaysia affected are students - both undergraduates and postgraduates - who are today united by a common goal of taking the next step in education and further enhancing existing skills in the age of Covid-19.
Understandably so, as getting the right education becomes the foundation for your future careers and lives.
For many, the dream is to continue your studies abroad, venture into new places and experience new cultures.
However, it’s hard to deny the constant volatility in border restrictions, visa issues, the ever-increasing cost of travel and living, as well as the relatively poorer public health management in many destination countries that are still reporting an increase in cases with multiple waves of infection.
These aspects, coupled with general uncertainties, begs the question: Would you really want to go, especially during this time? Would you, or your family, feel safe?
Many Malaysian families and students seeking the best education the world has to offer have instead looked closer to home for alternative options, with Sunway University becoming an increasingly popular choice and for very good reasons.
The homeground advantage
Beyond that, there are many advantages to furthering your higher education in the country. Not only would you be closer to home in familiar surroundings and enjoy the reassuring support network of your family, you would also be able to benefit from the world-class facilities at Sunway University.
Another attraction for continuing your studies locally is that Malaysia been recognised as one of the most effective countries in the world in tackling the pandemic and is home to quality educational institutions like Sunway University, which has established remarkable partnerships with renowned counterparts across the globe.
A good example of its growing international reputation in the field of global education is the close international partnerships and ties it has forged with Le Cordon Bleu International, as well as Lancaster University, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California in the United States.
Sunway University offers some of the nation’s finest programmes created to meet the needs of all students with ambitions across all commercial sectors, including business administration, computing, arts, hospitality, life sciences and public policy amongst others.
What this means is that you can benefit from obtaining globally recognised qualifications right here on Malaysian soil, without having to deal with the headaches and risks involved in overseas travels and studies, as well as the heavy financial burden associated with unfavorable exchange rates.
Sunway University has traversed the world seeking the finest educational opportunities, as part of its nation building ambition and in line with Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah’s vision to become a global top 100 institution within the next decade.
Some of its researchers are among the most highly cited globally and actively engaged in cross-border collaborations, which reflects its commitment to multi-disciplinary research in sustainable development within an urban environment, as well as promoting health, well-being and the development of new technologies in addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Supported by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, the university believes in investing in the next generation through research-led teaching and to this end, it continues to equip its campus with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. It has invested in excess of RM400mil in its infrastructure and continues to expand its teaching, learning and research spaces.
Upskill and upgrade yourself
While the existing travel restrictions have proven troublesome to some students, it is perhaps the unprecedented employment horizon that poses the biggest challenge to a nation of newly graduated young talents.
In April, for instance, Malaysia’s number of unemployed individuals increased 48.8% year-on-year to 778,800 in April 2020, bringing the unemployment rate up to 5%.
Against this backdrop, there has never been a more important time than now to further increase your skillset to boost your employment prospects and your value to a potential employer or investor.
In today’s more demanding and competitive marketplace, proactive thinkers and dynamic learners will be even more highly sought after, which is why Sunway University has seen an increase in students considering postgraduate programmes to further their skills and make their curriculum vitae stand out from the crowd.
Perhaps you’d like to explore a Masters of Business Administration to learn how you can help your future employers to navigate their businesses in time of crisis, or advance your technical capabilities with postgraduate study in computing.
If you’re keen on making a difference in society and drive sustainable development to contribute to nation-building, explore a programme in public policy or sustainable development.
There are also numerous industry linked programmes for you to choose from, including life sciences, arts and many more.
In addition, Sunway University also makes available bursaries for postgraduate studies for eligible students.
To find out more these opportunities and many more at both Sunway University and Sunway College, visit its virtual open day every weekend in July and Aug 1, 2, 8 and 9 (12pm to 4pm). For more information, visit http://my.sunway.edu.my/openday/.