Introduction to Jeffrey Cheah Institute

The Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia is an independent public policy think-tank, based at Sunway University on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

The Institute’s research programme is grouped around three core disciplines: economic development, governance and social progress, including education. Its mission is to develop solutions to some of the region’s most pressing development problems.

JCI seeks to engage policymakers, scholars and ordinary citizens through regular public lectures and discussions, and to build lasting academic partnerships in the region and the wider Asia-Pacific. International partners include Harvard University (United States), Columbia University (United States), ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (Singapore), Keio University (Japan) and Fudan University (China). In Malaysia, JCI’s collaborators include the Foreign Policy Study Group, Merdeka Center and the Centre for Public Policy Studies.

JCI also manages the Jeffrey Cheah Travel Grants, which are designed to further academic exchange between Malaysia/Southeast Asia and the United States. Students and staff at Sunway Education Group institutions (Monash University Malaysia, Sunway University and Sunway College) and Harvard University are eligible to apply for the grants.

The Institute was formally established on March 18, 2014.