Since 1986, Sunway Group has played a crucial role in Malaysian education, bringing quality higher learning to our community and country. It has significantly changed the education landscape, having pioneered and popularised industry-changing developments such as the widely acclaimed twinning programmes in Malaysia. Sunway institutions have successfully produced first-class graduates through partnerships with top-ranking universities from around the world. Enrolment numbers in Sunway institutions have grown year after year by an average of 12% per annum and today comprise 16,000 students; of which approximately 30% are international students coming from 80 different countries.
However, to the Founder and Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, Sunway Group’s success in the field of education means much more than university rankings and enrolment numbers.
As one of Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah’s personal hallmarks, the Group’s involvement in education extends far beyond the business realm. Over the years, Sunway Group has given generously to society through education, which it views as a vital vehicle to enrich and improve lives.
The Sunway Education Trust Fund was established in March 1997 for the purpose of managing and administering operating surpluses from the institutions for the benefit of students; be it through reinvestment into the institutions or for the disbursement of scholarships and research grants. To date, more than RM50 million in scholarships have been awarded to thousands of deserving Malaysian students in various fields of study.
In recognition of his many contributions to society, Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah has been conferred eight Honorary Doctorates by leading universities worldwide, and in 2008 was appointed the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah was also recognised as one of Malaysia’s top givers when he was named in the list of Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy 2009.