Words of Wisdom
The Ministry of Higher Education has always recognised the Sunway Education Group, led by Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, as a pioneer and leader in the field of private higher education over the past two decades.
Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah has been at the forefront of the private education sector, having pioneered the twinning concept with foreign universities at Sunway, which enabled many during the economic crisis of the 1980s and later years to afford a foreign university degree by studying partially at home in Malaysia and completing it overseas.
He also introduced a new form of collaboration in higher education by bringing one of the world’s top universities, Monash University, into Malaysia and setting up a world-class campus in the country. Monash University Sunway campus, along with Sunway University College and other institutions in the Sunway Education Group’s portfolio account for around 16,000 students today. Its 30% composition of foreign students is further proof of Sunway’s success in internationalising education on our shores and plays a major role in ensuring Malaysia’s position as a regional education hub.
The Sunway Education Trust Fund has also played a significant role over the years in providing over RM50 million of scholarships to needy and deserving students.
Now with the launch of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, he has again led the way in the Malaysian private higher education sector.
The Foundation is unique and the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia, modeled along the lines of Harvard University established over 360 years ago. It will administer surpluses and funds to be reinvested into the institutions, and to be disbursed for educational, scientific, medical and charitable purposes to the deserving and needy through scholarships and research grants.
The transfer of Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah’s ownership of the Sunway education institutions to the Foundation is the culmination of his vision of giving to society and furthering the cause of education in the country.
The Ministry is delighted that it will now have yet another partner in the private sector for the provision of scholarships to deserving need-based students. Public-private sector collaboration is the key to making education accessible to as many as possible in Malaysia.
We sincerely hope that like-minded groups and individuals will help to bolster the Foundation and its noble aims by getting involved financially or in other capacities in its mission.
The Ministry appreciates the close cooperation that it has received from the Sunway Education Group in the past and now looks forward to seeing the recently established Foundation kick start many new initiatives that will help young and deserving Malaysians to acquire higher education.
The Foundation can also help to enhance the image of private higher education in the country and assist Malaysia to achieve its goal of becoming the centre of education excellence in the region.
We wish Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah and the Foundation every success for the future.