Sunway University is fully recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education of Malaysia. All academic programmes have been approved by the Ministry and have been accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA), which adheres to rigorous international standards for academic quality. Where relevant, the academic programmes have also met the requirements of appropriate professional bodies.
In the recently released QS World University Rankings 2023, which ranked 1422 universities globally out of 2462 analysed institutions, Sunway University has emerged within the #601 – 650 band, a rise from its previous band #651 – 700. Sunway University is also ranked among the top 150 young universities worldwide.
In the 2022 edition, Sunway University performed among the top 18% in the QS Asia University Rankings 2022. The University also emerged as an Overall 5 Star rated (Excellent) institution for the second time in the QS Stars University Ratings, as well as Five-Star ratings for the individual categories of “Teaching”, “Facilities”, “Employability”, “Social Responsibility”, “Inclusiveness”, "Academic Development", "Internationalisation" and "Actuarial Studies".
Sunway University has also been named as one of the world’s top universities for the study of 2 subjects. Sunway University’s best performance was in Hospitality & Leisure Management #101 -150 and Business and Management Studies #451 - 500 in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022. Additionally, the University has a five-star "excellent" rating in the national University and University College Excellence Assessment (SETARA-2018/2019), and has also achieved ISO 9001 certification for the University’s quality management system in regards to the provision of higher education and research management.
In recognition of the quality of the University's education in the information technology field and its commitment to the use of advanced digital technology across the institution, the University has been awarded the "Premier Digital Technology University" status by the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation.
In the 2021 Student Barometer Survey Entry Wave, the University was rated #1 in Asia for "Campus Buildings", "Campus Environment", "Postgraduate Support", "Student Council", and "Career Support", and #1 in Malaysia for "Facilities", "Living Day to Day Life", Employment/Career Support" and Covid-19 Response".
Sunway University has also risen from position #473 in 2020 to #280 in 2021 as the World's Most Sustainable University. UI GreenMetric World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings on sustainability. It is an initiative of the University of Indonesia that ranks universities around the world based on their commitment and actions towards sustainability. It aims to increase university awareness towards sustainability.
In 2022, the University has been awarded number one in Graduate Employability among all universities in Malaysia by Talentbank Group through the National Graduate Employability Index which gauges the employability rate of graduates from universities all across Malaysia. Sunway University received a 6-star Employability Rating in multiple fields of study including Accounting, Arts & Design, Engineering, Hospitality Management, and many more. Established in 2011, Talentbank Group is a mover and shaker of the employability ecosystem focused on producing career-ready candidates and helping them with better careers, by connecting them with industry leaders that welcome prime talent.
In the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023, Sunway University is the No. 1 non-government linked university (GLU) private university in Malaysia and ranked as one of Malaysia’s Top 10 universities. Sunway University is now ranked 801-1000, out of 1,799 universities across 104 countries and regions. The University has also managed to rank two broad subject categories: Business & Management at #301 – 400; and Physical Sciences at #601 – 800. THE World University Rankings is the largest and most diverse university rankings.
In 2022, the University has been ranked as the No. 1 private university in the Best Global Universities in Malaysia by U.S. News & World Report. The evaluation was based on the research performance and ratings by members of the academic community around the world and within Asia.