Bandar Sunway – Sunway University is proud to announce the appointment of Professor Graeme Wilkinson as Vice-Chancellor of Sunway University. Professor Wilkinson will be taking over from Professor Robert Bignall on 1 July, and will be responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for the University, representing it both at home and abroad. With this appointment, Sunway University is the only homegrown institution with an international academic as its Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Wilkinson brings with him a broad experience, most recently holding the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Glyndŵr University. Born in England, he graduated with First-Class Honours in physics from Imperial College, London, and received a doctorate in atmospheric physics from Oxford University in 1977.
As he begins a new chapter in an already esteemed career, Professor Wilkinson is excited to play a part in shaping the growth of Sunway University. He states, “I am both proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to play such a pivotal role, leading Sunway University and building upon the outstanding work that has been carried out by my predecessor as well as the highly dedicated staff here. I will be looking to grow this university to become a globally recognised academic institution known for grooming students who think to make a difference.”
The appointment of Sunway University’s new Vice-Chancellor is testament to its continued commitment to providing quality education to its students. As one of the leaders in the field of education in Malaysia, Sunway University is constantly seeking new avenues for growth, enhancing the range of programmes it offers its students. With Professor Wilkinson on board, Sunway University will be able to harness his global experience and expertise, supporting its growth as it continues to cater to the needs of its growing population of students and staff.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO, Chancellor of Sunway University stated, “I am extremely happy to have such an esteemed individual come on board as Vice-Chancellor here at Sunway University. On behalf of all the staff and students of Sunway University, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Professor Wilkinson as he joins the Sunway family. I look forward to working closely with him in bringing Sunway University to greater heights.”
Professor Wilkinson’s career has seen him take up lecturing positions at several highly regarded universities in the UK, including the University College London. As a specialist in satellite remote sensing, he has also worked at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre at Ispra, Italy, where he led a team of international scientists working on the use of space satellite technology to monitor environmental issues. More recently, he helped spur the growth and development of new universities in the UK taking up senior positions as the Head of School, Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Kingston University, University of Lincoln and Glyndwr University respectively.