Vice-Chancellor’s Address

Universities are highly complex and diverse organisations in the 21st century, with many interacting goals and ambitions, and they are not always easy to comprehend or be differentiated from one another. So let me paint a brief picture of our university. 

At Sunway, we see our primary purpose as supporting economic development, wealth creation and social progress. We are a leading Malaysian private not-for-profit institution which is both globally connected and locally relevant.  We have been ranked by QS Asia amongst the top 2.5% of institutions in Asia. We have high-quality courses that meet the highest international standards, as well as research at the leading edge in a number of fields. We are a broad-based institution with academic programmes spanning the arts, science, technology, business, finance, hospitality and healthcare. Many of our programmes also lead to dual degrees from our close partner institution, Lancaster University, a top 10 UK institution. 

While all of our academic programmes are tailored to the needs of relevant industries and employers, we also recognise that many of our students will want to create their own businesses, and so we also give a high priority to supporting student entrepreneurship and innovation. In particular, we have developed some niche courses that give students a unique grounding to do that, such as our Bachelor’s programme in Mobile Computing with Entrepreneurship. We have also established Sunway iLabs, our Innovation Centre to help students with great business ideas to get up and running.

Our not-for-profit status has enabled us to invest in high-quality campus infrastructure, employ many world-leading academics and develop high-quality research centres, such as the Research Centre for Nano-Materials and Energy Technology. We have invested in developing our links with the very best global universities such as Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge, through funded chairs, fellowships and travel grants.

Our student experience is one of the best in Asia, as confirmed in successive years by the worldwide International Student Barometer Survey in which we have come first in Asia amongst participating institutions in several categories of the survey. 

As an organisation, we are committed to sustainable development and are delighted to have been able to establish the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development in collaboration with Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, USA, who is arguably the leading figure in this field in the world.

Our campus is in a special place at the heart of Sunway City, Selangor, which is a unique environment on the edge of one of Asia’s fastest developing capitals. Sunway City is both an integrated model community and a tourist destination with a theme park right next to our campus. 

There is really so much more that can be said about Sunway. To find out more, please explore this website. What you will find is a university that is dynamic and ambitious, combining the best of classical Western academic traditions and quality, with the dynamism and pace of modern Asia. Thank you for your interest.

Professor Graeme Wilkinson
DPhil(Oxford), FBCS, FRSA
Vice-Chancellor

 

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