Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Establishes Academic Ties With University Of Cambridge

Gonville & Caius in the University of Cambridge (Caius) and the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish the Jeffrey Cheah Professorial Fellowship Fund. The Fund will include Travel Funds and support, in perpetuity, two Professors of University of Cambridge who will be known as the Jeffrey Cheah Professorial Fellows. Each Professorial Fellow will visit Sunway University at least once a year to provide public lectures, conduct classes and contribute to academic development and research excellence.

Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Establishes Academic Ties With University Of Cambridge

From left: Professor John A. Todd FRS, Professor of Medical Genetics, University of Cambridge; Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, Founding Trustee of Jeffrey Cheah Foundation/Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group; Professor Kay-Tee Khaw CBE, FMedSci, Professor of Clinical Gerontology, University of Cambridge; Professor Jarlath Ronayne AM, Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Professor, Sunway University.

Professor Kay-Tee Khaw CBE, FMedSci and Professor John Todd FRS, have been named as the first holders of the Jeffrey Cheah Professorial Fellowships. Professor Khaw is a Professor of Clinical Gerontology, and her expertise is in the maintenance of health in later life and the causes and prevention of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis with a focus on nutrition and hormones.

Professor Todd is a Professor of Medical Genetics, and is an expert in the genetic causes of and potential treatments for Type 1 Diabetes.

The collaboration establishes academic and research ties between the Sunway Education Group (SEG) and the University of Cambridge, which will elevate the standards of teaching and research at SEG, and will support Malaysia in its ambition to become a global education hub.

In recognition of his unwavering commitment towards advancing higher education Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO, a Trustee of JCF and Chancellor of Sunway University, has been matriculated as member of the University of Cambridge and admitted as Gonville Fellow Benefactor of Caius. In addition, Tan Sri Cheah’s name has been inscribed on the Benefactors’ Wall at the Great Gate of Caius, which records the names of the College’s greatest benefactors since its foundation in the 14th century. He is the first Malaysian to have received such an honour. In addition, he will be admitted as a Companion of the Guild of Benefactors of Cambridge University at a ceremony in the Senate House of the University in March 2016.

Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Establishes Academic Ties With University Of Cambridge

The Greatest Benefactors Wall at the Great Gate of Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge.

The University of Cambridge, founded in 1209, is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world. Since the inception of various league tables about 10 years ago, it has consistently been in the top five universities in the world. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is reflected in the fact that it is in the top three universities in the world in the number of Nobel Prizes won by its staff and alumni.

This is the second educational partnership established between the JCF and a prestigious university abroad. The first partnership was with Harvard University in 2013 to establish the Jeffrey Cheah Funds for Southeast Asia Studies; the Jeffrey Cheah Professorship and the Jeffrey Cheah Visiting Professorship, both in perpetuity, and the Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants. In August 2014, Tan Sri Cheah was appointed as a member of the Global Advisory Council of Harvard University by the President of Harvard University.

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