Transformation of Malaysian University Models for Sustainability


Over the last 20 years, since the establishment of Malaysia’s first private university i.e. Multimedia University, there has been a rapid increase of public and private universities in Malaysia. The private universities included not only those that grew from local colleges but also foreign universities setting up campuses in Malaysia and running courses out of the parent institutions. During that time, the Malaysian government pushed strongly for the creation of national, regional and global education hubs in order to take Malaysian tertiary education to a higher level.Many of these hubs became the catalysts for economic growth in the regions where they are located. Parallel to this, institutional evolution has taken many forms, both locally and through international collaboration.

This seminar will focus on some of these evolutions, as well as the necessary strategic moves that some have taken in response to the fast changing higher education landscape brought about by technology, economic and geo-political challenge.

Details of the seminar:

Date: 11 July 2017 (Tuesday)

Time: 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Venue: LT5, Level 1, University Building, Sunway University

For more details on the program, kindly download the e-leaflet.

ASEAN Ministers Workshop 2017


The AMW aims to be a regional platform for the nations of Southeast Asia to share and improve national strategies, and to formulate a regional mechanism to implement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Workshop will enable ASEAN members to improve their development plans and reorder their implementation priorities. Topics discussed will include economic development strategies, programs for inclusive social progress, innovation and research policy, sustainable resource planning and energy management.

Details of the AMW Workshop:

Date: 25 – 26 April 2017 (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Time: 8.45 am – 7.00 pm (on Tuesday) and 9.00 am to 12.30 pm (on Wednesday)

Venue: JC1, Level 1, Sunway University

As all RSVPs for the AMW Workshop are managed electronically, kindly respond through this link by 19 April 2017, 1pm.

For more details on the program, kindly download the e-leaflet.



Globalisation Enters a New Phase: How is Southeast Asia to Adapt?

The political upheavals in 2016 in the West heralded a new period in global politics and economics. Not only is the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, the United States under President Donald Trump is backtracking on the decades-long process of trade liberalization. TPP is dead, and severe damage has been done to America’s reputation as the champion of free trade. And President Xi Jinping of China has stepped forward in Davos in January 2017 to unite the rest of the world to protect free trade.

While the rise of China has been a ubiquitous topic for pundits for two decades, how a multi-polar world would actually come into being, and how exactly the new and the old big powers would renegotiate their positions vis-à-vis each other, were never quite clear. Moreover, how the old power would act to fortify its necessarily narrower areas of influence was seldom considered until the election of Donald Trump. Trump acts defensively and treats former foes as friends and former allies as enemies. While most may expect this chaotic condition to end, there is no telling when things would settle down.

The focus of Trump’s reorientation of American foreign policy and economic relations does not seem to be on Southeast Asia at all, despite some comments on the South China Sea. With China establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and launching the One Belt One Road Initiative, and countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia becoming fast friends of Beijing very quickly, the future of ASEAN comes into question. What will be the new geo-strategic game in the region? How will ASEAN economies and societies fare in 2017 from the interaction between their internal dislocations and the large external shocks?


Date:     20 March 2017 (Monday)

Venue:  Auditorium JC 2, Level 1, Sunway University

Time:     5.30 pm – 7.00 pm


  • Dr Ooi Kee Beng – Deputy Director of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore
  • Prof Woo Wing Thye – President, Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia


  • Ambassador (R) Dato’ M. Redzuan Kushairi – Deputy Chairman, Foreign Policy Study Group

Kindly download the e-leaflet and register here.

Asia Public Policy Forum (APPF 2017) on “Improving Education Access and Quality in Asia”

The Asia Public Policy Forum (APPF 2017) on “Improving Education Access and Quality in Asia,” featuring distinguished international panellists, speakers and moderators from USA, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.  This event is co-organised by the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia and the Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.


Date:     18-19 January 2017 (Wednesday and Thursday)

Venue:  Sunway University

Time:     9.00 – 5.30 pm on Wednesday and 9.00 – 2.00 pm on Thursday

Panel sessions:

  •     Creating A Vibrant Knowledge Sector
  •     Balancing Access and Quality in Primary and Secondary Education
  •     Balancing Access and Quality in Tertiary Education
  •     Assessing and Improving Education Quality
  •     Meeting Job Market Demand
  •     Understanding the Relationship between Education and Development

Please refer to the e-leaflet for more information. Kindly register here by 15 January 2017.

Videos and the presentation slides:

Malaysia’s Growth Sustainability and Economic Transformation


Two experienced economists will share their views and insights on Malaysia’s growth prospects and economic transformation challenges and opportunities. They will examine development issues such as the extent to which the country’s factor-driven and export-led growth has reached its limit in the challenging post-global crisis environment, its progress in transforming into an innovation and knowledge-driven economy and the spectre of being caught in the middle-income trap, thus prolonging its quest to be a high income and developed nation by 2020. These and other socio-political assessments will provide the context for discussing the country’s growth sustainability and the necessary structural reforms and economic transformation needed for the economy to reach escape velocity.


“Transforming the Economy: Evaluation through Micro Lenses” by Professor Datuk Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali

“Malaysia’s Middle Income Trap Revisited” by Professor Yeah Kim Leng

Date: 31 October 2016 (Monday)

Time: 3 pm to 5 pm

Venue: Lecture Threatre 5, Level 1, New University Building, Sunway University


Register here

JCI 31 Oct 2016 poster
JCI 31 Oct 2016 poster


University Leadership and Governance: Achieving Greater Excellence in Malaysian Institutions

This seminar brings 3 distinguished speakers from East and West to discuss the issue of university leadership and governance. It will be shown that the success of leading global universities has a lot to do with the system of institutional leadership and governance that promotes greater autonomy, innovation and freedom to its academic body especially to staff and students. The best practices from the East and West will then be brought into the context of Malaysia to see how Malaysian institutions could rise to a higher level of academic achievement.


Governance, Leadership and Environment: The Heart, Soul and Existence of a University by Professor Da Hsuan Feng

The Changing Global Marketplace: Leadership Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education by Professor Alma Harris

Effective University Leadership and Governance: The Malaysian Case by Tan Sri Professor Ghauth Jasmon

Date: 4 October 2016 (Tuesday)

Time: 9 am to 12 pm

Venue: Lecture Threatre 5, Level 1, New University Building, Sunway University

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