Essay competition to champion “climate action” among Malaysian students

Essay competition to champion “climate action” among Malaysian students

Sunway-Oxbridge Essay Competition 2017

Bandar Sunway, 17 March 2017 – The Sunway Oxbridge essay competition aimed at improving English proficiency in Malaysian schools is back this year. Secondary school students, aged 13 to 17 from public and private schools using the Malaysian syllabus, are invited to submit original English essays on “Climate Action” online from April 1st to April 30th (1:00 pm), and stand a chance to win Sunway Bursaries worth RM190,000 and cash prizes worth RM28,000.

Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, the essay competition is in its fourth year and has received more than 8,000 entries in the last three years.

The Sunway-Oxbridge Essay Competition 2017 is divided into two categories:

Category A (Form 1 to Form 3)

Topic: “What could you do as an individual to reduce the impact of climate change?”

Word count: 200 – 350


Category B (Form 4 to Form 5)

Topic: “Who is really responsible for the seasonal air pollution, also known as the haze, in Malaysia?”

Word count: 500 – 560

Eligible students are encouraged to submit one essay per student at


The competition focuses on taking action to combat climate change, which is listed as one of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s competition is in line with Sunway Group’s sustainability efforts and adoption of the SDGs following the establishment of Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC) at Sunway University.

The JSC was established with a USD10 million gift by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, Malaysia’s largest education-driven social enterprise, and in partnership with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network led by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, who is a world-renowned economist and champion of sustainable development.

“Sunway is committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s English language essay competition is an ideal platform to promote awareness and improve education at an early stage so that our young learn to take charge of the need to combat climate change and its impact,” said Dr Elizabeth Lee, Senior Executive Director of Sunway Education Group and Sunway University.

“The Sunway Oxbridge Essay Competition is an opportunity for schools, parents, and teachers to work together as a community to inspire the young to share their ideas and opinions on climate action,” she added.

Once online submissions are closed, the judges will select the eligible students for the final stage of the competition, which requires the shortlisted students to sit for an on-site essay assessment on 10th June 2017 at various locations nationwide. Winners will be announced on 23rd June 2017 via website and email.

In each category, the winner will take home RM5,000 cash and a Sunway bursary worth RM20,000, the runner-up will win RM3,000 cash and a Sunway bursary valued at RM15,000, and the second runner-up will take home RM1,000 cash and a Sunway bursary worth RM10,000.

Each category will have ten consolation prizes, comprising a cash prize of RM500 and Sunway bursary of RM5,000. To encourage student participation in the competition, a special prize will be awarded by Sunway to the school with the most submissions.

The essay competition is organised by Sunway Group, The Oxford & Cambridge Society of Malaysia, Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, Sunway University and Monash University Malaysia.

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