Believing that education is the most powerful weapon to change the world, and inspired by the enduring legacy of John Harvard, Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group had in 2010 encapsulated his vision for education, to build the Harvard of the East, by turning the former Sunway Education Trust Fund into the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF), a timeless commitment to benefit generations to come.
In addition to the ongoing collaborations with prestigious institutions such as Monash University, Lancaster University, Le Cordon Bleu and Victoria University; the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation continues to foster links with world renowned academic institutions, including:
Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia
In 2014, the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI) was established to deepen the Foundation’s academic partnership with Harvard and other world leading universities by conducting and promoting joint research and teaching on the economies, societies, politics and cultures of Southeast Asia. The JCI is the first public policy think tank for Southeast Asia that is based in a private university in Malaysia, Sunway University.
Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants for Southeast Asia Studies
Established to support research and education-related travels to and from Malaysia and Southeast Asia, the Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants for Southeast Asia Studies help advance teaching and research focused on Southeast Asia by faculty and students of Harvard University as well as to support engagement with Harvard by Southeast Asia-based scholars.
The Travel Grants will enable members of the Harvard community to travel to Southeast Asia for research or study, while scholars and practitioners from institutions in Southeast Asia including those under Sunway Education Group, will travel to Harvard to present lectures and to conduct research.
University of Cambridge
Establishment of Jeffrey Cheah Professorial Fellowships at Caius
In November 2014, Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) has fostered ties with Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge (Caius) to establish two Jeffrey Cheah Professorial Fellowships in Caius. With a generous benefaction by JCF, the Fund will support, in perpetuity, two Cambridge Professors who are Fellows of Gonville & Caius. Professor Kay-Tee Khaw CBE, FMedSci and Professor John A. Todd FRS, have been named as the first holders of the Jeffrey Cheah Professorial Fellowships at Caius, one of whom is in Life Sciences. Each Professorial Fellow will visit Sunway University at least once a year to provide public lectures, conduct classes and contribute to borderless academic development and research excellence.
The University of Cambridge is in top three universities in the world in the number of Nobel prizes won by its staff and alumni. The collaboration will significantly elevate the academic profile of the Sunway Education Group, and will allow two-way flow of scholars and researchers between Cambridge and Sunway.
University of Oxford
In December 2014, JCF signed a statement of intent with University of Oxford, a leading British institution of higher education in the United Kingdom, to embark on academic and cultural project collaborations, among which include the 4th Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, held outside University of Oxford for the first time at Sunway.
This statement of intent was signed by Founding Trustee of JCF, Chancellor of Sunway University and Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group, Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, AO and Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of Oxford, Professor Nicholas Rawlins on behalf of Oxford.
Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Speakers Series
Since 2005, Sunway has been bringing world class thought leaders to Malaysia via the Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Speakers Series (JCDSS), a free public lecture series organised at Sunway University.
JCDSS provides the community the opportunity to listen to outstanding experts and luminaries who passionately share their knowledge on a broad range of current topics from the fields of business to arts, science, medicine and technology; providing a platform for intellectual discourse and lifelong learning.
This socially responsible programme has enabled more than 12,000 individuals to attend talks delivered by more than 60 eminent international speakers. Past speakers include professors and experts from Harvard University, Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.