Sunway College A-Level students head to Oxbridge


Sunway College A-Level students making waves with placement in Oxbridge.

Sunway College A-Level students continue to excel during these unprecedented times with a number of them receiving a placement in University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.

Before the global pandemic, Teoh Khai Yang recalls bumping into his classmate playing table tennis at the student hub in Sunway College and asked to be coached.

Turns out his new coach was a Perak table tennis representative and agreed to teach Teoh the game, from the basics to advanced skills needed to play.

It was experiences such as this that made his time at Sunway College A-level one for the books.

“Sunway College and the entire experience I had – the events, friends and lecturers – all of these experiences have helped me achieve many goals and I am grateful to all of them, ” he said.

With a conditional offer to study Computer Science at University of Cambridge, he expressed gratitude towards his lecturers, describing them as the “best group of teachers” he has ever had.

He added that the staff at International Office University Placement (IOUP) would freely share information about his further education with prompt and efficient responses – nothing was deemed trivial.

(From left) Teoh Khai Yang, Jarell Cheong, Natalie Tan and Ethan Sip are some of Sunway College's finest candidates who will be attending university at Oxbridge.(From left) Teoh Khai Yang, Jarell Cheong, Natalie Tan and Ethan Sip are some of Sunway College's finest candidates who will be attending university at Oxbridge.

Meanwhile, Jarell Cheong Tze Wen reminisces about a trip he took to Sunway College when he was in secondary school and recalls falling in love with its library.

“I really felt like this is a place I could spend a lot of time and especially the environment there, it was really something special – it's a very unique and nice environment to study.”

After enrolling, Cheong discovered that Sunway College has the best A-Level further mathematics faculty in Malaysia.

Having a strong penchant for mathematics and finance, the passionate 20-year-old found his lecturers to have boosted his “mathematical maturity.”

“My teachers were the best I ever had, ” he said, adding that his pure mathematics lecturer inspired him to further pursue mathematics.

“I think it's the way he explained concepts. I not only understood, I was curious and wanted to learn more.”

Reeling in disbelief, he said “I screamed until I lost my voice” when he received his conditional offer to study Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.

Jarell is not just quick with his thinking, he is also quick on his feet as this successful young man also represented Malaysia in the Dancesports Events at the 2019 SEA Games.

(This video was taken pre-Covid)

Sharing the same sentiment, Natalie Tan Wen Hui said: “When I received my conditional offer letter and read the words ‘congratulations’ I immediately screamed and ran to my mother.”

In disbelief over her placement, she would be reading Law at the University of Cambridge.

Tan found the application process to Cambridge to be stressful but found comfort in the help she received from her English Literature lecturer and mentor.

“She (lecturer and mentor) made time to help me with my personal statement for application and the IOUP office was fast and efficient in their help and response, ” she said.

With a passion for chemistry since he was 13, Ethan Sip Zi Cheng, now 18, found Sunway College’s extensive library, online journal collection and lecturers to have aided his thirst for knowledge.

“The lecturers really helped a lot, and even though (my questions) are not in the syllabus they welcome and are open to questions.”

The budding academic who would be studying Biochemistry at University of Oxford is certain of his path and found that “Sunway College helped realise this was possible.”

A-Level students who also received conditional offers to Oxbridge are Vaness Lai, Eng Yi Jun and Hor Ye Heng. Click here to read about them.

Interested in getting a head start at a prestigious institution? Join the first Sunway Education Exploration Month (SEEM) from now till April 4.

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