AS one of the top leading private universities in the country, Sunway University has made headlines again – this time for their collaboration with Lancaster University.
Named as the UK’s University of the Year 2018, Lancaster University is also ranked in the Top 10 of the three major UK league tables – The Times/Sunday Times, The Complete University Guide and The Guardian.
This long-term institutional partnership was established way back in 2006, allowing Sunway University students to study undergraduate degree schemes in the broad areas of Business and Management, Accounting, Computer Science, Creative Arts, Communication, Psychology and Life Sciences.
Lancaster University has now extended its collaboration with Sunway University for the next 10 years.
This exclusive educational experience and opportunity for an enhanced career development can also be appraised by the nation’s most distinguished scholarship foundation – Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JFC).
Sunway University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Graeme Wilkinson elaborates on the partnership with Lancaster University in the following Q&A.
Why was Lancaster University the chosen one for this partnership?
We always wanted a top global university to be our partner to help raise our standards and ensure our students get a high-quality education by leading international standards and Lancaster was an excellent fit for our requirements. They are a particularly outward-looking institution keen to build relationships around the world.
What made this arrangement such a success?
Sunway and Lancaster University staff have always maintained very close ties with one another, interacting regularly through two-way visits and exchanges. It was such a tremendous opportunity for our staff to experience what it’s like in a top UK university. Many of our academics have also gone through an extensive Lancaster training programme on how to be a first-class university teacher. There’s also a permanent on-site Lancaster academic leading and coordinating the partnership.
How is this different than collaborations with other universities?
This collaboration gives our students dual degrees by studying right here in Malaysia, whereas other collaborations focus on progression opportunities whereby students need to leave the country to complete a degree overseas. Our dual degree arrangement ensures students get two degrees just by studying here alone, with one of them from a top international institution which is more cost-effective for their parents too.
What can future Sunway University students expect from this programme?
This programme allows students to obtain both Sunway and Lancaster degrees without having to incur such heavy costs. There are also plans to widen the range of degrees to offer our students and we expect more students to benefit from studying abroad at Lancaster University.
What will Sunway University students benefit from this acknowledgement and long-time collaboration?
This collaboration gives our students an added advantage because they are gaining knowledge which has been well-crafted for Malaysians but also includes input from a leading overseas institution. Upon graduating, they would automatically become alumni of two world-class institutions, both Sunway and Lancaster University, and have access to all the networks and social links that it comes with to help them in their careers long-term.
How will this programme prepare graduates for the working world?
Graduates of this dual degree programme will be getting degrees that are career-focused and adheres to a certain curriculum standard that is highly relevant for the world of work in two different countries, preparing them for any obstacle coming their way.
Head on over to Sunway University in Selangor during their Open Day on the 30th of June and 1st of July to learn more about the programmes available and get a feel of the event. To find out more, visit here.
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