An agreement was signed recently in Oxford between Brasenose College, University of Oxford, represented by its Principal John Bowers QC, and Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group and Founding Trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.
Following the agreement, two professors of the University of Oxford, who are Fellows of Brasenose were named as Jeffrey Cheah Professorial Fellows. Each of the Jeffrey Cheah Professors will visit Sunway at least once every year to give lectures and seminars and provide advice in their areas of expertise.
In addition, a Jeffrey Cheah Scholars-in Residence programme will be instituted which will allow for two academics or postgraduate students from Sunway University to reside in Brasenose for four weeks each year to undertake research and scholarly study for four weeks each year. The Jeffrey Cheah Professorial Fellowships and Scholars-in-Residence initiatives are in perpetuity.
On 9 December 2015, two Jeffrey Cheah Professorial Fellows were appointed by the Governing Body of Brasenose, following consultation with Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah. The first is Professor William James, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Planning and Resources) in the University of Oxford, and Fellow in Medicine at Brasenose. Professor James is a virologist and is a principal investigator in the Stem Cell Research Institute at Oxford. The second is Professor Mark Wilson, Fellow of Brasenose and Professor of Physical Chemistry in the Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Oxford.
With the agreement, Sunway University will be able to excel in teaching, and boost research in areas of great importance in medicine and advanced sciences. The University will be the hub of high-level academic conferences.
For example, in March 2016, a high level symposium on precision medicine organised by Professor John Todd FRS, and Professor William James, Jeffrey Cheah Professorial Fellows from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Brasenose College Oxford will bring together world experts in this vital area of medicine to Sunway. Many other initiatives are in the pipeline stimulated by the links that have been formed between Sunway and its prestigious partners.
Sunway University’s relationship with University of Oxford was first formalised in December 2014, when the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation signed a statement of intent with the University to embark on academic and cultural project collaborations, among which included the fourth Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, held outside University of Oxford for the first time at Sunway.
The University of Oxford is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research and the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The University has produced Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, Olympic medallists, Nobel Prize winners, world leading scientists and world leaders. Amongst its renowned alumni are Stephen Hawking, Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi and Indira Ghandi.
Brasenose College is one of the oldest and most distinguished of the Oxford colleges. It was founded in 1509 and received a Royal Charter from King Henry VIII. In modern times, its most famous alumni are William Golding, Nobel Prize winner in Literature, David Cameron, former student, Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, a former Rhodes Scholar and Sir John Gorton, former Prime Minister of Australia. David Cameron is now an Honorary Fellow of Brasenose.
In March 2016, Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah will be admitted as an Honorary Fellow of Brasenose at a ceremony in Oxford.
Sunway Education Group, which is governed by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, has forged academic ties with global academic leaders, namely, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Harvard University, Lancaster University, Le Cordon Bleu and Monash University.