Our Story

Sunway University (originally Sunway College) was formed with the belief and understanding that higher education is vital to the progress of the Nation. The institution received an auspicious start in 1987 when it was officially opened by the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Alhaj, the Sultan of Selangor Darul Ehsan. Within a short span of time, its student numbers outgrew the original premises, leading to the development of a new, purpose-built campus, complete with a comprehensive range of modern academic and residential facilities.

Prior to becoming Sunway University, the institution was upgraded to University College status by the Minister of Higher Education on 12 August 2004. The approval letter was presented by the then Higher Education Minister YB Dato’ Dr Shafie bin Haji Mohd Salleh to YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO, during the launch of the National Patriotic Day celebrations at Sunway.

On 16 December 2010, our Founder, Chairman and Chancellor, Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah received the official letter from YB Dato’ Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin, Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia, upgrading us to be a full-fledged University.

Five Star Rating

In 2010 Sunway University was awarded a rating of “Excellent” in the national SETARA rating system, placing it in the leading group of Malaysian public and private universities on par with the foreign branch campuses and the best public and private universities in the country, in terms of the quality of our teaching and learning.

The Campus

Occupying 22 acres of prime land in Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, and fully equipped with academic, hostel and sports facilities, our campus is among the largest and most modern of any private institution in Malaysia.

The ground breaking ceremony was held on 9 March 1991, and in December 1992 the institution moved to its new campus. By January 1993, all academic sessions were being conducted there. The grandest moment in the history of Sunway University came on 29 April 1993 when the campus was officially opened by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia.

This event emphasized the aspiration of Sunway University to become a world-class institution and the leader in private education in Malaysia and the ASEAN region, in line with the Prime Minister’s vision that Malaysia should become a centre for academic excellence.

With excellent infrastructure and resources, Sunway University is well placed to meet the growing demand for high quality tertiary education, and address the challenges and goals of Malaysia’s Vision 2020.

Sunway University has achieved enviable success in producing students of outstanding calibre. Many have achieved prestigious awards. It is therefore no surprise that Sunway University has received the praise and accolades of VIP visitors, including Malaysian and foreign dignitaries and representatives from overseas institutions and academic partners, and many distinguished professors of international repute who have delivered guest lectures.

The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation

The institution’s Founder and Chairman of the Sunway Group, Y.Bhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO placed Sunway College into a Trust in 1997, under the eminent chairmanship of the late Y.A.Bhg Tun Omar Ong Yoke Lin. This ceremony establishing the Trust was witnessed by YB Dato’ Seri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, the then Minister of Education.

In March 2010, the Sunway Education Trust was replaced by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. The Foundation was launched by the Prime Minister YB Dato’ Seri Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak and witnessed by the Foundation’s Royal Patron, H.R.H.Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj, the Sultan of Selangor.

Since they were established the Trust and the Foundation have provided more than RM60 million in scholarships and awards to both academically outstanding and to disadvantaged and needy students. As a not for profit higher education institution, Sunway University has built a fine reputation and proud tradition of excellence and leadership in higher education, together with an uncompromising commitment to the nation and society that it serves.

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