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Blaze Magazine VOL 02 ISSUE 05

Blaze Magazine VOL 02 ISSUE 05

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MAGAZINE / ISSUE 05 VOL 02 / 2007 / www.sunway.edu.my 
20TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE (1987 - 2007)
KKDN No. Permit: PP14672/07/2008(010196)
 A Triumph in theCause for Education
Toasts to Sunway bySunway AlumniClicking with Kid ChanCommunity Carnival aCelebration Hit
 
 As the Sunway Group grew rom strength to strength over the years,I elt compelled to give others the chance to better themselvesthrough education too. My dream o setting up an educationalinstitution was nally realised in 1987.This year Sunway University College, which rst opened its doorsas Sunway College, will be twenty years old. In those two decades,we have grown and achieved much. The quality o our educationis respected both at home and abroad. Our student populationis made up o more than 60 dierent nationalities rom aroundthe world. We have exceptional teaching sta, each a respectedmember o the academic community. And we still continue to touchthe lives o all who pass through our halls in pursuit o the besteducation available.Most men do not live to see their dreams realised. Hopeullythose who have will dream new dreams to keep them going. Fromhere, a bright uture lies beore us. One day I hope to see SunwayUniversity College become a ull-fedged university, independentand respected not only as a provider o quality education but aspremier private university o equal standing to Harvard, Oxord orCambridge University.I would like to thank the team at Sunway University College. Withouttheir dedication and diligence, Sunway would never reach thesoaring heights o success it has today. Allow me to remind youthat Sunway University College has no encumbrances as expectedin the business sense due to the nature o it being under a Trust,“The Sunway Education Trust”. Sunway is ree to serve solely or thebetterment o students who seek knowledge and a morepurposeul lie.We have run the marathon beautiully in the rst lap. Here’s toanother twenty years as we renew and continually push the limitsthat will bring Sunway University College to an even higher plane inthe realm o world class education.Thank you and my best wishes to all.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) Jeffrey Cheah
Founder and Chancellor, Sunway University College
Message byFounder, SunwayUniversity College
Education has always been a matter close to myheart. Coming rom humble beginnings, it was theopportunity I received to urther my studies thathelped widen my horizons and made me what Iam today. Until now, I am truly grateul or thatimportant git rom my parents, the git o education.
 
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Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam summed it up succinctly, “It wasn’tpurely a business venture. You have to understand Tan SriJerey Cheah’s passion or education. He got to where he istoday rom the education he received early on in lie. And hewants to give others the opportunity to do same.”Sunway opened its doors in 1987 at a time when Malaysia wasdragging itsel out o a bad recession. The struggling collegeset a target or an intake o 500 students, but only 200 studentsenrolled initially in a small premise at Petaling Jaya State.Sunway College started during a recession when the economywas barely in recovery and it was in the red. “We lost moneyor many years. I knew that i I didn’t support it, it would be abig blow to our credibility. There was no way we could close itdown as we could not play around with people’s education,”remarked Tan Sri Jerey o those old days.The repercussions or emphasizing quality in education wereimmense. Even beore the institution was opened, talks hadcommenced with universities in Australia, the US as wellas the United Kingdom. The ViceChancellor o Curtin University, Pro Vice Chancellor o Leicester Universityas well as the Deputy President oWestern Michigan University came toMalaysia to discuss the possibility otwinning programmes. At rst the oreign universities couldn’t see how twinning couldwork, but nally they were convinced. They checked Sunway’scredibility and the rst twinning programmes were started in1987. The pioneering twinning courses at Sunway paved theway or other private institutions o higher education to starttheir own twinning programmes. As Datuk Razman said “Being rst is good, but it is the qualityo education that Sunway University College provides thatmatters.”In the early days, the main obstacle was educating the publicon benets o enrolling in a twinning programme. Parents wereconcerned that their children would not get the same degreeand they were concerned that it would not be recognised. “The Vice Chancellor o Monash inormed parents o this and TunHussein Onn, Malaysia’s third Prime Minister who was thenChairman o the Board, came out in the press conerence toreinorce this point,” commented Tan Sri Jerey.The next step was getting the programmes accepted by thegeneral public, especially the students.“We talked to the press and inormed them that the studentswill get exactly the same degree as i they had studied ull timein the parent university” said Tan Sri. The painstaking work osetting the ground work paid o and Sunway soon saw morestudents enrolling until it outgrew its premises and moved to itspresent site in Bandar Sunway.The 22 acre campus in the township o Bandar Sunway oeredthe best in academic, sporting and accommodation acilitiescosting RM120 million was opened in 1993 by Malaysia’sormer Prime Minister, YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.The quality that Tan Sri Jerey Cheah had developed andthe commitment he demonstrated soon led to in 1996, toSunway University College showing a prot. At this juncture,
 A Triumph inthe Cause for Education
In the 20th anniversary o Sunway University College, it is air to say thatthe existence and phenomenal growth o this institution can be attributedto one person, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr) Jerey Cheah. Tan Sri, as he isondly reerred to, was a property man who started out with a tin miningcompany. As a person who was given the chance to attend university,Tan Sri valued education. During his oray into education, some peopleat that time unairly speculated that it must be because he oresaw thebusiness potential o tertiary education, but he proved them wrong.
“Sunway has a strongacademic teamand its partnershipwith Lancaster isprogressing well”
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr.)Jerey Cheah
04 // BLAZE MAgAZINE 20Th ANNIvERSARY cOMMEMORATIvE ISSuE

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