11 October 2013 10:47

A total of 443 students have graduated at a ceremony held in Sunway University, Malaysia on 11 October 2013.

Lancaster University validates a range of full degree programmes which are taught at the Sunway University campus in Kuala Lumpur.

After successful completion of the honours degree programme, students are awarded two certificates, making them graduates of both Sunway University and Lancaster University.

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith conferred the degrees on behalf of Lancaster and also conferred an Honorary Degree on Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah,  Chancellor of Sunway University.

During his visit the Vice-Chancellor delivered the Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Speakers Series lecture on Nuclear Magnetic Resonance - a cornerstone technique in much of chemistry and medicine which has been associated with four Nobel Prizes to date.

He said: “Lancaster University’s network of overseas teaching partnerships is a key component of our global outreach and commitment to internationalisation and Sunway University plays a major role in this.

“The collaboration provides Sunway University students, graduates of both universities, with a strong competitive edge on a global level. “

Some graduating students visited the Lancaster campus earlier in the year.

They included three Chancellors’ Scholars who were awarded a funded two week visit during the final year of studies -  Karlisyle Lum Ern Ai, Koh Jun Yee and Trishna Ann Rajaratnam.

The Chancellors’ Scholarships are offered in the names of Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, Foundation Chancellor of Sunway University College and Sir Chris Bonington, Chancellor of Lancaster University, to commemorate the affiliation between Sunway University College and Lancaster University.

Trishna Ann Rajaratnam said the experience of going abroad was invaluable.

“You see a different culture and this really benefits you when you apply for a job because you have a wider experience.” 

Sunway University and Lancaster University established an academic partnership in 2006. Under this institutional arrangement, students at the Sunway campus are able to study for undergraduate degree schemes in the areas of Business, Computer Technology, Communications, Hospitality and Psychology.

In 2009 Sunway introduced new masters programmes in collaboration with both Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) and the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University.