More than 6,000 students from Sunway Education Group’s learning institutions received scholarships totalling up to RM80 million recently.
Disbursed by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF) at its Scholarships and Awards Ceremony 2019, the sum was accorded to students for the Sunway University Postgraduate Studentship and Scholarships, The Chancellors Scholarship, Sunway Excellence Scholarship, The Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants for Southeast Asia Studies at Harvard University, Jeffrey Cheah Foundation-Sunway Group Scholarship and Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Community Scholarship.
Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah said the primary mission of the scholarship to make quality education affordable and accessible to as many Malaysians as possible.
“I believe that a family’s limited financial circumstances should not be an obstacle to advancing the education of their children. Apart from making quality education accessible to more deserving Malaysians, the foundation is committed to advancing knowledge. In the process, we are also enhancing Malaysia’s credentials as a regional hub of excellence in education and research.
“Our active partnerships with Cambridge, Harvard and Oxford universities as well as University of California, Berkeley are all part of this mission. We are now in the process of establishing partnerships with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and Peking University in Beijing. We believe in working with the best and learning from the best,” he said.
He remarked that his ultimate dream was to establish Sunway University as the ‘Harvard or Cambridge of the East’ one day and was laying the foundation for the “task to be completed by those who follow”.
In his speech, Lim said the government needed the involvement of the private sector through a 4P partnership — collaborations between the public sector, the private sector, professionals and the people — to help prepare the future for the young.
“The setting up of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation exemplifies how the private sector can help Malaysia achieve our shared vision through collaboration. Such collaboration in education will help deliver skilled talent we need to bring our country to the next level,” he added.
This year, the JCF established two new scholarships to study in the area of entrepreneurship which will lead towards the award of The Doctor of Philosophy in Business with the SMM Centre for Nested Entrepreneurship.
JCF also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to fund a Chevening-Jeffrey Cheah Foundation scholar for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years pursuing a medical, physical or life sciences related Masters course at either the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, or Lancaster University.
To-date, JCF has contributed RM482 million in scholarships and growing, along with education grants, and donations to Malaysian schools in an effort to provide access to quality education for all