About the University
Sunway University was founded as a University College in 2004. In January 2011, the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education upgraded it to full university status, and it became Sunway University. It is a private university in Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia and is located next to the Sunway Lagoon amusement park on a 10-hectare (24-acre) complex including academic and residential buildings.
Sunway University, a leading private university in Malaysia, is committed to offering an outstanding and inclusive education to all students, regardless of their background, faith, or financial situation. Following core values of Integrity, Humility, and Excellence, Sunway University actively promotes the discovery, progress, and practical use of knowledge, aiming to improve both the local and global communities.
Sunway University is a key member of the Sunway Education Group, under the support of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) – the foremost educational social enterprise in Malaysia. With its unique non-profit framework, people reinvested into the institutions or allocated for scholarships, research funding, and infrastructural growth, ensuring a continuous legacy of top tier education.
Information about Sunway University Malaysia
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Sunway, A Top University
Sunway University is a world-class institution that has earned numerous accolades for its teaching, employability, and facilities. It has been rated five stars by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and awarded an international QS five stars for the same. The University is also among Asia’s top 2% of universities, as per the QS Asia University Rankings 2024.
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Sunway University is a cosmopolitan institution that welcomes students from over 90 countries. All programs are accredited and taught in English, making it an ideal destination for international students looking to pursue higher education in Malaysia.
Its campus is within Sunway City, home to the Canopy Walk connecting to the Pyramid shopping mall with easy public transportation to tourist destinations and KL International Airport, with a 350 million Ringgit investment in intelligent infrastructure.
Dedicated Student Welfare teams, BBQ and picnic spaces, air-conditioned lounges, and Wi-Fi-connected study places are offered in various student apartments. Students can participate in racket sports, martial arts, athletics, and the SunGym, which has a deck and juice bar overlooking the football field, as well as a swimming pool and poolside café.
Jeffrey Cheah Foundation
Sunway renowned academic team is supported by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation through research and fellowship schemes with Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge in order to improve teaching excellence and foster collaborations for global sustainable development.
Sunway has established international partnerships with Lancaster University in the United Kingdom for prestigious dual degree awards, Le Cordon Bleu in Paris for prestigious culinary and professional hospitality certification, and Western Michigan University in the United States for an exchange program. It provides extensive scholarships, support, and professional development coaching to all students, and all programs include internships with over 500 multinational and local companies that employ Sunway graduates and interns.
To be a World Class University.
- To develop all-around people and devote ourselves to the discovery, advancement, transmission, and application of knowledge that meets the demands of our society and the global community.
- Sunway University is a melting pot of cultures, a platform for sharing, learning, and networking. It collaborates closely with world-class partners Lancaster University and Le Cordon Bleu International to deliver exceptional higher education.
- The university’s degrees in business, accounting, banking and finance, financial mathematics and statistics, economics and management, psychology, communication, computing and information systems, and biological and medical sciences have been validated by Lancaster University, and its international hospitality management and culinary management degrees have been accredited by Le Cordon Bleu.
- Nursing, engineering, biomedicine, actuarial studies, contemporary music (audio technology), music performance, design communication, interior architecture, global supply chain management, and international business are among the other degrees available at the university.
Students at Sunway University will:
- become self-sufficient, lifelong learners who actively seek information and value its global applicability in economic, political, social, and cultural development
- build strong leadership traits and communication skills are equipped with the competencies and capacity to participate in a fast-changing economic, social, and technological environment
- be equipped for vocations that will allow them to live lives that are productive, rewarding, and meaningful
- Integrity is valued, and students strive to be ethical, accountable, compassionate, and responsible members of society.
The Jeffrey Cheah Foundation owns the Sunway Education Group, which includes Sunway University. From its predecessor Sunway Education Trust, which was founded in 1997, the Foundation was officially created as a registered charity in March 2010. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Chairman and Founder of the Sunway Group of Companies, founded it.
The Foundation’s educational institutions are all non-profit, with surpluses going to student scholarships and bursaries, as well as research awards. Sunway International School, Sunway College (multiple campuses), Sunway-TES Centre for Accounting Excellence, and Monash University Sunway Campus are among the institutions that make up the Sunway Education Group.
Sunway QS Ranking 2024
One of the best private universities in Malaysia’s Petaling Jaya is Sunway University. In 2024 QS World University Rankings, it is placed 586. It is also ranked #121 in Asia.
Sunway University is a broad-based university that offers undergraduate (diploma programs and bachelor degrees) and postgraduate (master and doctorate degrees) academic programs.
The university is divided into seven schools, each chaired by a dean and containing several departments, centers, and institutes:
- School of Arts
- School of Medical and Life Sciences
- School of Hospitality and Service Management
- School of Mathematical Sciences
- School of Engineering and Technology
- Sunway Business School
- School of American Education
- Center for English Language Studies
- Professional and continuous Education
The School of Business is the largest school at the University.
Minimum English Language Requirements
Since all programs are taught in English, international students must demonstrate their English language competency. IELTS, TOEFL, MUET, UEC, SPM, and Sunway Intensive English Program (SIEP) results are only a few of the English proficiency tests that the institute recognizes as valid. Students who cannot provide proof of English proficiency can also take advantage of the institute’s 10-week intensive English programs to develop their language abilities.
for Undergraduate Students
- IELTS Band 6.0 (5.5 for diploma)
- TOEFL iBT score of 80
- TOEFL CBT score 215
- TOEFL PBT score 515
for Postgraduate Students
- IELTS Band 6.0-7.0
- TOEFL iBT score 100
- TOEFL CBT score 250
- TOEFL PBT score 600
Research Centers and Institutes
Sunway University offers several research institutes and centers on a variety of subjects, including:
- Center for Commercial Law and Justice
- Center for Higher Education Research
- Research Center for Biomedical Physics
- Center for Research-Creation in Digital Media (CRCDM)
- Center for Virus and Vaccine Research
- Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI), was established as a think tank to undertake research and policy analysis relating to the economies, societies, and cultures of Southeast Asia. The Institute’s president is Professor Datuk Dr. Woo Wing Thye.
- Jeffrey Sachs Center for Sustainable Development, which conducts research and teaching related to the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in Southeast Asia. The Center is chaired by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, USA.
- Research Center for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization
- Research Center for Crystalline Materials
- Research Center for Nano-Materials and Energy Technology
- Graphene and Advanced 2D Materials Research Group
- Center for Accountability and Governance Research
- Joint Research Center in Information Technology, established in collaboration with Huizhou University, China
- Future Cities Research Institute, jointly established with Lancaster University, UK
- Research Center for Human-Machine Collaboration
- Asia Pacific Center for Hospitality Research
- Center for Actuarial and Analytics Research
Sunway Top Subjects
The most recent QS World University Rankings by Subject list Sunway University as one of the world’s top universities for studying two subjects. The greatest results for the university were in the Hospitality & Leisure Management section.
|Hospitality & Leisure Management
|Business & Management Studies
Academic Facilities and Services: Boasting top-notch amenities, Sunway University in Malaysia offers a stellar educational experience. With 120+ air-conditioned classrooms, 15 modern lecture halls, and campus-wide Wi-Fi, students enjoy a comfortable and connected environment. Additionally, computer labs provide essential resources for completing assignments and accessing services like printing and scanning.
Library Facilities: Sunway University’s library boasts a diverse range of resources, including print, audiovisual, and electronic materials, accessible on- and off-campus via personal devices. The facility features 115 wired PCs, an instructional lab, printing services, and wireless connectivity. Additionally, the library offers a viewing zone, soundproof training rooms, a conference room, collaboration spaces, and group project pods. To ensure security, CCTV monitors the premises, while self-checkout machines and a book-drop streamline borrowing and returning. The library also provides a designated area for drinks and phone usage, as well as an extended-hour study space.
Student Support Services: At Sunway University, the Student Life Department fosters a supportive and engaging environment through various services and initiatives. Located in the Student Centre, the department oversees the counseling unit, extracurricular clubs, alumni office, and additional amenities like a sick bay and travel bureau. Key student development initiatives include PRePARE, a campus career center, and the LEAP employability training program. PRePARE focuses on equipping, enhancing, and empowering students through monthly CV-writing workshops and networking opportunities. The LEAP program further supports skill development with events such as career talks, corporate visits, Job Shadow Day, and soft-skills seminars.
Scholarship and Financial Aids
Various scholarships are available through Sunway College and Sunway University, including:
- Jeffrey Cheah Entrance Scholarship
- Jeffrey Cheah Ace (The Advance and Continuing Excellence) Scholarship
- Jeffrey Cheah Continuing Scholarship, Jeffrey Cheah Scholastic Award
- Jeffrey Cheah Foundation – Sunway Group Scholarship
- Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Community Scholarship
- Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Scholarship
- Sunway-Teach For Malaysia Scholarship
- SEG-Elene Cooke Education Fund
- The Star Education Fund
- Sin Chew Education Fund
- Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali Scholarship For Creative Arts and Music
- Sunway Young Chef Scholarship
- Sunway Art and Design Scholarship
- The Chancellors Scholarship of Sunway & Lancaster University
- Sunway Postgraduate By Research Scholarship
- Sunway Taught Masters Scholarship
- Sunway-Victoria University Excellence Scholarship
- Sunway-ICAEW Global Accountant Scholarship Scheme
- Sunway-ACCA Global Leader Scholarship
- Sunway ECA Achievers and Sports Awards
- Sunway Excellence Scholarship
- Sunway Sports Scholarship
- Sunway CIS-ECA Scholarship
- SHSM Service Industry Scholarship
Financial aid such as the Sunway University Community Bursary and the Sibling & Parent Alumni Discount is also available. The majority of students are also eligible for a PTPTN study loan and an EPF withdrawal.
International Partnership and Collaborations
Since 2006, Sunway University collaborates with Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, in which various degree programs are offered as dual degrees by both universities. The UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education conducted research on the partnership concept and prepared a case study on it. The university also has a partnership with Le Cordon Bleu, an international culinary training organization, which allows graduates of specific hospitality programs to acquire Le Cordon Bleu professional certificates.
Professorial fellowships have been established in perpetuity at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, and Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, to foster academic links with the university, thanks to benefactions from the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. The Jeffrey Cheah Scholars-in-Residence Program, funded by benefactors at Brasenose College and Gonville and Caius College, allows two university academics or postgraduate students to spend up to four weeks each year in Oxford and Cambridge for research or study.
Sunway University also supports Harvard Medical School‘s Southeast Asia Healthcare Leadership Program, which is part of its curriculum.
Sunway has articulation agreements with several international universities, allowing students to earn their degrees by studying part-time at Sunway and part-time at an outside university. Western Michigan University in the United States is one of the longest-running such collaborations.
In addition, IFTM (Macau Institute of Tourism Studies) in China, Meikai University in Japan and Dong-A University in South Korea are among the university international partners.
Accrediting Partner for Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Le Cordon Bleu was created in Paris and is one of the world’s top culinary arts training institutions. Their collaboration with Le Cordon Bleu means that the culinary arts and hospitality management programs we provide are also certified by them as fulfilling the highest industry standards.
Achievements and Rewards
Sunway University has a long history of being regarded as an institution of higher learning that is connected with quality. The following are some of the university most recent accomplishments:
- In the first formal rating system for Malaysian universities and university colleges, known as SETARA, Sunway College obtained a 5-star “excellent” rating; the University continues to receive 5-star ratings in all following SETARA exercises.
- Tier 5 (Excellent) ranking from SETARA’13
- According to the Student Barometer survey entry wave 2014, the university received its first worldwide rating as an overall 4-star university with top 5-star ratings for teaching, facilities, and employability from the QS ranking and rating service.
- According to the Student Barometer poll wave 2015, Singapore ranks first in Asia for employability and overall learning experience.
- In 2017, SETARA (Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education) granted Sunway University a 5-Star (Excellent) rating in the Emerging University category. This distinction, along with the ISO 9001: 2015 accreditation, showcases the University’s commitment to quality in higher education.
- For the first time, Sunway University appeared in the top 2.5 percent of universities in the QS Asia University Rankings.
- The university secured a place as one of only eight Premier Digital Technology Universities in Malaysia.
- It achieved the distinction of becoming the first Superbrand in the field of education in Asia.
- According to the Student Barometer survey wave 2016, Sunway University topped the list in Malaysia for overall learning experience, quality lecturers, and employability.
- Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranks Sunway University as the 232nd university in the Asia University Rankings, situating it among the top 2% of universities in Asia.
- Sunway University also stands as the first private, non-government affiliated university to receive a 5-star QS rating.
- In 2018, the university boasted two of its professors among the top 1% of the world’s most cited researchers.
- In the QS Stars system, the university’s subject of accounting and finance earned a four-star rating.
- Sunway University received a five-star overall rating from QS Stars University, with a five-star score in the following categories: teaching, employability, facilities, inclusivity, and social responsibility.
- Sin Chew Education Awards 2019 “Outstanding Educational Institutions for Private Universities or Colleges” award
- Asia is ranked #194 in the QS World University Rankings for 2020.
- Sunway University is ranked inside the range of 751–780 in the QS World Rankings 2020 for the first time.
- For the first time, QS has placed the university among the top 150 young universities in the world (under 50 years old).
- The Malaysian team, captained by the university, won the World Pastry Cup 2019.
- Tan Sri Dr. Teh Hong Piow received an honorary doctorate from Sunway.
- For the first time (#473), I entered the UI Green Metric Ranking.
- For the first time, the number of students surpasses 8000.
- In the QS World University Rankings 2021 edition for Asia, its rank is #172.
- In the QS World University Rankings 2021, the University moves up to 701-750.
- For the first time, received a QS Subject Ranking in Business and Management Studies (#451-500).
- In the Emerging Universities category, SETARA Tier 5 was awarded.
- The subject of Business and Management Studies is among the world top 450.
The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings placed the university among the top 200 universities worldwide for SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.
- In the QS World University Rankings 2022, the University climbs steadily to #651-700.
- Their dedication to sustainable practices earned us a ranking of #189 in the 2022 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, recognizing our global impact. This achievement underscores their commitment to eco-friendly initiatives.
- Sunway University focused on making sure our students are ready for work. Earning the top rank in the Graduate Employability Index by Talentbank Group in both 2022 and 2023 proves its success. They got a 6-star rating in areas like Accounting, Arts & Design, Engineering, and Hospitality.
- The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2024 recognized Sunway University’s achievements. They continued to be the top ranking private university in Malaysia not affiliated with the government and remain in Malaysia’s Top 10 university list. Notably, they advanced their overall position to the 601-800 band, up from last year’s 801-1000.
- Moreover, in specific subjects, they excelled in Business & Management (ranked #301-400) and Physical Sciences (positioned #601-800).
Sunway University Rankings based on U.S. News
According to U.S. News, the Best Global Universities list places Sunway University at #1281. Schools are rated based on how well they perform against a set of generally recognized measures of quality.
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Best Global Ranking
THE determined the total ranking of Sunway among the Best Global Universities using thirteen parameters.
The comparison between this institution and other universities for each indicator is shown below.
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|Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited
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|International collaboration – relative to country
|Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited
|Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited
Sunway University Rankings based on Time Higher Education (THE) 2024
Times Higher Education (THE) has compiled a comprehensive list of over 1,799 colleges from around the world, using a number of criteria to determine the finest universities. THE announces that the university ranks 586 for 2024.
In addition, according to Times Higher Education World Ranking 2024, Sunway University ranked:
When was Sunway University founded?
In 2004 as a University College and Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education upgraded it to full university status in 2011.
Where is Sunway University located?
Sunway University is located in Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Its purpose-built campus is within Sunway City, which is home to the Canopy Walk connecting to the Pyramid shopping mall, with easy public transportation to tourist destinations and KL International Airport.
Who is the current President of Sunway University?
The current President of Sunway University is Professor Sibrandes Poppema. He is a Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Professor. Professor Poppema is also advising the University on creating a new medical school.
What are the educational goals of Sunway University?
Sunway University aims to develop people and devote itself to the discovery, advancement, transmission, and application of knowledge that meets the demands of society and the global community. The university’s educational goals include developing self-sufficient, lifelong learners who actively seek information and value its global applicability in economic, political, social, and cultural development, building strong leadership traits and communication skills, and equipping students with the competencies and capacity to participate in a fast changing economic, social, and technological environment.
What is the Sunway Education Group?
The Sunway Education Group is a group of educational institutions and its owner is the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. The group includes Sunway University, Sunway International School, Sunway College (multiple campuses), Sunway-TES Centre for Accounting Excellence, and Monash University Sunway Campus. All institutions under the Sunway Education Group are non-profit, and any surpluses go towards student scholarships and bursaries, as well as research awards.
What academic programs Sunway University offers?
Sunway University offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, including business, accounting, banking and finance, financial mathematics and statistics, economics and management, psychology, communication, computing and information systems, biological and medical sciences, nursing, engineering, biomedicine, actuarial studies, contemporary music (audio technology), music performance, design communication, interior architecture, global supply chain management, and international business.
What are Sunway facilities like?
The campus features both academic and residential buildings, with dedicated Student Welfare teams on site. You can find BBQ and picnic spaces, air-conditioned lounges, and Wi-Fi-connected study spots in the various student apartments. The university also provides sports facilities that encompass racket sports, martial arts, and athletics. Moreover, there’s the SunGym, complete with a deck and juice bar offering views of the football field. You’ll also find an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a poolside café.