PhD stu­dentships for re­search

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - INNOVATIONS MALAYSIA -

OWNED and gov­erned by the Jef­frey Cheah Foun­da­tion, Sun­way Univer­sity is one of Malaysia’s lead­ing not- for- profit pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties.

The vi­brant and mod­ern Sun­way Univer­sity is not only known for the qual­ity of teach­ing and learn­ing, its re­search is now also in­creas­ing in promi­nence both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Sun­way Univer­sity has been of­fer­ing 20 fully funded PhD stu­dentships since last year for as­pir­ing re­searchers to pur­sue their dreams of con­tribut­ing to and help­ing to de­velop a knowl­edge­based so­ci­ety in Malaysia and be­yond.

The stu­dentships, which are avail­able to both Malaysian and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, will cover the three- year pro­gramme fees of suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants and a monthly stipend of RM3,000 for re­search ar­eas in busi­ness, com­put­ing and in­for­ma­tion sys­tems and bi­o­log­i­cal sciences.

The stu­dentships are of­fered through the univer­sity’s Of­fice for Re­search and En­ter­prise to fur­ther boost the univer­sity’s grow­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the world’s knowl­edge base.

Prof Peter Heard, deputy vicechan­cel­lor for re­search and en­ter­prise, be­lieves that the sup­port given to the univer­sity by the Jef­frey Cheah Foun­da­tion to fur­ther de­velop its re­search pro­file pro­vides for a unique en­vi­ron­ment for prospec­tive PhD stu­dents.

“Sun­way Univer­sity is fast be­com­ing one of the top uni­ver­si­ties in Malaysia and South-East Asia. Rated 5* by Quacquarelli Sy­monds for its teach­ing, em­ploy­a­bil­ity and fa­cil­i­ties, it is the only pri­vate univer­sity that I know of in South- East Asia that truly puts qual­ity ahead of any­thing else,” says Prof Heard.

“Sun­way is a truly in­ter­na­tional univer­sity in ev­ery sense of the word; we have staff and stu­dents from prac­ti­cally ev­ery cor­ner of the globe, which means our stu­dents not only learn from the very best but also gain vi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing across dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

“PhD stu­dents who join us un­der this scheme will have the chance to at­tend at least one lead­ing in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence dur­ing their time with us,” he con­tin­ues.

“With op­por­tu­ni­ties to lis­ten to some of the world’s lead­ing aca­demics and thought- lead­ers through the Jef­frey Cheah Dis­tin­guished Lec­ture Se­ries, re­cent speak­ers at which in­clude Prof Jef­frey Sachs, Sir Alan Mil­burn, Prof John Bow­ers and Prof Khaw Kay- Tee, you will be ex­posed to some of today’s great­est thinkers.”

Aside from ex­pe­ri­enced su­per­vi­sion, suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will have ac­cess to some of the most mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties avail­able any­where.

The univer­sity opened its new pur­pose- built RM350mil build­ing in March last year, boast­ing some of the best fa­cil­i­ties for re­search, teach­ing and recreation.

These fa­cil­i­ties in­clude state- of- the- art lab­o­ra­to­ries, lec­ture the­atres, a FIFA- stan­dard soc­cer pitch, gym­na­sium and Olympic­sized swim­ming pool – all within the con­fines of Malaysia’s finest re­sort city Ban­dar Sun­way.

The broader Sun­way Group to which the univer­sity be­longs has an in­spir­ing mis­sion and vision with the core val­ues of hu­mil­ity, in­tegrity and ex­cel­lence that per­me­ate all it does.

Sun­way Univer­sity is a mem­ber of the Sun­way Ed­u­ca­tion Group, which has an ex­ten­sive net­work of links with many of the world’s lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties.

It has strate­gic partnership with Lan­caster Univer­sity, ranked ninth in the United King­dom and in the top 1% of uni­ver­si­ties world­wide, which not only of­fers many joint de­gree pro­grammes with Sun­way Univer­sity, but also un­der­takes joint re­search projects.

Sun­way Univer­sity also col­lab­o­rates with Har­vard Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Cam­bridge and Univer­sity of Ox­ford, run­ning ma­jor events in­clud­ing lec­tures, con­fer­ences, work­shops and sym­po­siums that suc­cess­ful re­search can­di­dates will have the op­por­tu­nity to lever­age on for their re­search.

Prof Jef­frey Sachs at Sun­way Univer­sity’s Jef­frey Cheah Dis­tin­guished Speak­ers Se­ries. Doc­toral can­di­dates will have the op­por­tu­nity to be ex­posed to some of the the world’s great thinkers.

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