KUALA LUMPUR: The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) and Harvard University have signed agreements to establish two Jeffrey Cheah Professorships of South-East Asia Studies (SEA) at Harvard.
The two professorships were the Jeffrey Cheah Professor and the Jeffrey Cheah Visiting Professor, said JCF founding trustee Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah (pix) in a statement Tuesday.
Cheah said there were also the Jeffrey Cheah Fellowship and the Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants.
The total donation by the JCF for all four totals US$6.2mil.
Cheah said the Jeffrey Cheah Institute of Research on South-East Asia (JCIR-SEA) would be set up in Sunway University to facilitate a two-way flow of faculty and scholars between Harvard University and institutions in Sunway Education Group.
"The objective is to support and advance research, conferences and workshops related to South-East Asia studies, as well as through other scholarship collaborations, joint publications and joint applications for the research grants," he said.
The JCIR-SEA also seeks to become the foremost independent research centre globally, in the study of South-East Asia in the social sciences which aims to be a public policy tank in that social science research will be used to contribute to the advancement of the South-East Asian societies.
"It is my hope that the establishment of this linkage with Harvard, through the establishment of Professorships and the Jeffrey Cheah Institute of Research, will provide the impetus to strengthen Malaysia as a centre for educational and research excellence in the study of South-East Asia as a growing influence in the global community," he said.
Meanwhile, the establishment of the Travel Grants will be administered as collaboration between Harvard's prestigious Asia Center (HAC) and JCF.
Cheah said, HAC would select the most competitive applicants for approval by JCF and help publicise the grant programme to Harvard faculty and students. - Bernama