THE first time I came to Sunway was in 2017 and I had been invited to give a lecture on “Building a leading university: From regional roots to global significance” in the Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Speakers Series.

I was the president of the University of Groningen, a more than 400-year old university in the Netherlands, from 2008 to 2018, and spoke about the path my university took to become a solid top 100 university.

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