Sunway University: A new world of opportunities

WHILE borders are about to re-open, the uncertainties and worries of travelling nowadays have not disappeared over night and many Malaysian families and students seeking the very best in education that the world has to offer have focused their attentions at options closer to home.

Given this backdrop, Sunway University has become an increasingly popular choice, where students can study closer to home and also enjoy the huge benefits a family support network can offer.

Sunway University enjoys an ever-increasing international reputation because of its ongoing success and the array of international partnerships which are the envy of many institutions within the region.

Partnership Programmes with Le Cordon Bleu International and Lancaster University are also supported by collaborations with the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge in the UK as well as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California, Berkeley in the US.

In addition, the university also offers some of the nation’s finest programmes which are specifically created to meet the demanding needs of all commercial sectors, ensuring graduates are prepared for the challenges of the future workplace and are equally equipped to launch their own entrepreneurial ventures.

At Sunway, students have a wide range of faculties offering various courses to choose from according to their interests and ambitions.

Innovating in the Business World

Established in 2006, Sunway University Business School is ranked within top 2% in the world for Business and Management Studies according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

“With an ever-changing business world, we teach our students how to become ongoing learners. Working dynamically within key sectors, we produce future global business leaders who will thrive and excel with the right cutting-edge skills to take on challenging and fast-paced environment. These are the qualities employers are seeking,” said Professor Wong Koi Nyen, Professor and Associate Dean (Education) of Sunway University Business School.

The School is also almost there on its journey to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and many of its programmes are validated by Lancaster University. This means students will receive double certification upon graduation – from Sunway University and Lancaster University.

Transforming Hospitality

As we are entering the endemic phase of the covid-19, there is expected to be a pent-up surge of interest in recreational travel and the Hospitality industry is set to thrive over the next few years in the region and further afield.

With on campus facilities, which include a mock hotel suite, beverage laboratory, event studio, alongside cuisine, pastry and demo kitchens, the professional exposure also includes a student-training restaurant and commercial restaurant known as Athanor. This industry driven work-related experience affords students the opportunity to participate in both local and international competitions with the institution securing numerous international awards.

“The programmes at the School of Hospitality and Service Management prove to be an effective launchpad to a successful career, where student development is an utmost priority in terms of providing education and training to meet the demands of the transformational nature of the hospitality and service sector industries,” said Professor Marcus L. Stephenson, Dean of School of Hospitality & Service Management.

The School is affiliated with Le Cordon Bleu – one of the most distinguished organisations in the world devoted to culinary arts and hospitality education.

Students will also receive double certifications upon completing their programme from Sunway University and Le Cordon Bleu.

Creating a Better Living for the Next Generation- Medical and Life Sciences

In addition to being a provider of healthcare and life sciences education, the School is also known for research excellence in various areas.

To this end, it has fostered a collaborative network involving national and international researchers that focus on discovering new knowledge and translating discoveries to modalities and strategies that ultimately, save and improve the quality of lives.

School of Medical and Life Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences head Dr Kavita Reginald says, “The recent pandemic has shown us all the importance of biosciences – from the implementation of effective public health measures, the rapid pace in developing vaccines, and the understanding of the various strains of the virus. A degree in biosciences will train the next generation of scientists to arm us against the future health crisis”.

Many of the programmes offered are validated by Lancaster University, which means graduates receive double certification from Sunway University and Lancaster University.

Meanwhile, the Diploma in Nursing is built upon a strong relationship with Sunway Medical Centre (SMC) – a leading private medical centre in the region. Graduates also have the unique opportunity to go on to be employed at SMC.

Quantifying the World- Mathematical Sciences

Programmes here pave the way for careers in actuarial science, insurance, data science, and many more.

“In the recently released QS Stars Rating System, Sunway University’s BSc (Hons) Actuarial Studies (BAS) programme, achieved QS 5 Stars rating under the programme strength category. The 5 Stars rating is the highest that can be attained in the “Specialist Criteria”. We are honoured by this recognition and will continue to strive to propel the school to greater heights. We believe that mathematics is an important language for inventions, innovation, and ideas creation,” said Professor Ho Chee Kit, School of Mathematical Sciences Dean.

The School has international recognition by the professional bodies – The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Society of Actuaries (SOA), Casualty Actuarial Society and SAS Certified Data Scientist certification.

Students will receive professional paper exemptions from IFoA 6 papers and SOA 3 VEE credits. For a more immersive educational experience, the faculty has in-house actuaries on board.

Reinvent the Future- Engineering and Technology

In recognition of the quality of education in the information technology field and commitment to the usage of advanced digital technology, the university has been awarded Premier Digital Technology Institution status by the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation.

Most programmes are offered in collaboration with Lancaster University, and the School is also known for excellence in research.

School of Engineering and Technology dean Prof Serge Demidenko says, “We aim to be at the core of the process of growing high capacity skilful specialists for the bright technological tomorrow. Developing and implementing new top-quality Engineering programmes have been imperative. This extension of our academic offerings has been underpinned by the School’s profound success in the domains of computing and information systems. Our excellence in the field was acknowledged by the Premier Digital Tech Institutions (PDTI) status awarded to Sunway University by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). It has been also based on the strong support from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, world-class level of our research activities, cooperation with the industry, and close links with the leading international academic institutions.”

Where Creativity Comes Alive- Arts

The School prepares a new generation of students and researchers in the domain of creative digital media (CDM), merging core attributes of the arts, sciences, humanities, media and technology.

Most programmes are offered in partnership with Lancaster University.

“You might not even realise it, but art is all around us every day. The books we read, the shows we watch, the music we listen to, the architecture around us, even the beautiful sunrise each morning. The arts are beginning to re-open and re-emerge and are expecting a surge of interest as the industry is ready for a revolution. The new norm has led to new opportunities and there has never been a better time to be part of one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy,” said Professor Matthew Marshall, Dean of School of Arts.

So, if you’re keen to get the very best of global education without travelling overseas, Sunway University offers a whole A NEW World of Opportunities.

Nurturing a holistic educational experience while promoting a planetary health mindset ensures Sunway University is an institution in partnership with the world and in collaboration with the planet.

There has never been a better time to join our upcoming Open day and there has never been a better #TimeToMoveUp to Sunway University.

To find out more, visit Sunway University Open Day on March 26 and 27 (10am-4pm). Click here to register.

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