Sunway Alumni Relations

 

What We Do

The Sunway Alumni Relations team looks after all aspects of the institution's relations with its former students and fully concentrates on alumni issues. We provide valuable benefits and programmes that allow our alumni to stay connected with their alma mater. As an independent unit in Student LIFE Centre, we cultivate a mutually beneficial relationship with and among current and future Sunway alumni worldwide. In all that we do, we believe in the importance of education and are fully committed in providing excellent service with utmost integrity. 

Mission

  • Promote and foster effective relationships and active involvement between alumni and the Sunway institutions
  • Keep our alumni in touch with Sunway via networking & developmental opportunities and highlighting their achievements while at this
  • Strive to create a platform of contribution back to the alma mater
     

Stay in touch!

Meet your fellow alumni and build a strong network to develop yourself and enhance your skills. It is always a joy to find out you come from the same institution and reminisce about the old times. This unique alumni network can support you throughout your life – whether to build your career, to develop your business, or to grow your social network.

Join us for:

Homecoming High Tea 

for university only

Targeted to the graduating students for each year, this event allows young graduates the chance to network with each other and catch up after a short time apart. It is also a good opportunity to meet up with the lecturers and staff who were so supportive during their time in university.

 

 

 

Dinner with 12 Strangers
A cozy evening getting to know fellow alumni you may have never met before. It is a great opportunity to make new friends and build new career connections. Come as strangers, leave as friends!

 

 

Reunions
What can be more iconic for alumni than to have reunions? Meet up with your old classmates and talk about how fast time has flown. Who knows, some of your lecturers may still be around! If you’d like to organise one, just get in touch with us!

 

 

As Sunway Alumni, we believe that your success can have the power to motivate others to achieve their own personal goals and expand their horizons. We hope that you will join us to inspire your juniors by guiding them on their Sunway journey. Make a difference in the next generation of great minds today!

You can partner with us in these ways:

Be a Mentor
Groom top students through coaching sessions, focusing on core competencies which are highly sought after in the workplace. To serve as a mentor, you will need to have 3 years of corporate working experience and hold at least a Senior Executive position.

 

Give Inspiring Talks
Share your experience and knowledge by speaking to our current students. Tell them your story, inspire them to pursue your chosen career and encourage them to make the most of their tertiary education experience.

 

Support our Community Scholars
One of the most meaningful scholarships we offer is the Community Scholarship which is awarded to students from children’s welfare homes, NGOs and underprivileged communities, covering tuition fees, accommodation, and allowances. We invite you to join hands with us to provide an opportunity at education for the underprivileged by sponsoring the book purchases for these treasured students. You may make a contribution directly to our Scholars here: https://jeffreycheah.foundation/donation/make-a-difference/ 

 

 

As Sunway Alumni, you still have access to some of the facilities you enjoyed as a student! So you don’t have to miss us too much, just come back to campus! Among the benefits are:
 

SunGym
Situated at Tower A of the Sun-U Residence, you will not miss the orange SunGym logo gleaming at you from afar. You can now enjoy this 12,000 sqft facility that houses state of the art strength, cardio, and free weights equipment. If you prefer group workouts, then feel free to join in the Zumba, Yoga, Boot-camp style, Cross-fit style, toning classes and many more. Register at http://bit.ly/SunGym

 

 

Library
You may also enjoy our brand new library which has 3 floors, with a total floor area of 72,000 sqft and provides more than 1,000 seats. You may use all open shelf books and periodicals within the Library, borrow AV materials for viewing within the Library premises, and access E-databases within Library premises. It is just an application form away!

 

Go to http://library.sunway.edu.my/?q=webfm_send/87 to access the Application Form for External Membership.

*You must have completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent to utilise this alumni privilege.

 

 

Career Advising
Our Career Services team continues to offer their services to Sunway Alumni throughout their careers. Whether you are a young graduate or an experienced hire, you may make an appointment to have a chat with our friendly Career advisors. Among the services available are:

  • Career Counselling
  • Career & Interest Assessment
  • Career Resources
  • Resume Critique
  • Mock Interview
  • Career Fairs
  • Job Ads
  • Job Placement
  • Internship

Aloysius Ang Yu Chien
BSc (Hons) Information Technology

I am a co-founder of COREDGE, an innovation developer agency which exists to bring ideas to life and business into future. As a graduate from both Sunway University and Sunway College – with a BSc (Hons) Information Technology – I have a passion in tech innovation, and enjoy educating people about tech. Apart from being a geek, I love to hunt for the best food in town, and to meet new people.

At a young age, I developed a growing interest in computers and technology, and was fascinated by how machines are able to improve the way people live, work and play. I was firm about my career path to be a computer engineer - that is, until my education at Sunway exposed me to the world of entrepreneurship. With the help of the lecturers, I was able to piece both technology and business together. The university also did play its part in providing me with a platform to shine – and by the Grace of God, I won a Silver Medal for Innovation (for the Smartphone Based Auxiliary System for Drivers) at the Malaysia Technology Expo 2014, and got third place in the IDEAs Business Startup Competition!

Upon graduation, I worked as a software developer in ApptivityLab before cofounding COREDGE, for which I am the project lead. With a team of awesome individuals, we set out to build amazing websites and mobile applications. I have experience working with prominent companies – such as Astro and iMoney – as well as other SMEs and start-ups. One of ALUMNI ON THE MOVE 22 my greatest accomplishments so far was partnering with an Australian start-up to build an app which was then featured in the Apple App Store as “Best New App” and “Best Fashion App”.

I am constantly on the move, wanting to change the world through ideas, codes and products. Have Faith!

 

Itianne Lee
BSc (Hons) Psychology

I enrolled in Sunway University’s BSc (Hons) Psychology in 2011 – and for me, it was a time of exploration and discovery at both personal and intellectual levels. I managed to maintain the Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah Continuing 75% Scholarship for three consecutive years! It was challenging but very rewarding, and I had a great time making many lifelong memories.

After graduating, I worked as a Teaching Assistant – and working at Sunway University was an absolute pleasure, with the experience giving me a taste of academic life. Although the teaching hours are fixed at definite times, one is given a certain amount of flexibility and freedom. This is something to cherish, though this “freedom” comes with responsibility, commitment and selfdiscipline. I also had the opportunity to interact with different students. While different students have different learning styles, it was incredibly rewarding to see subtle but progressive changes in them.

The Psychology Department gave me far more support and encouragement than I could ever imagine. I was given a chance to co-author a research paper – and it won Gold Medal for Best Paper Presentation (Professional Category) at the International Conference on Applied Psychology 2015! The paper was presented by Associate Professor Dr. Alvin Ng Lai Oon from the Department of Psychology, with whom I co-authored it with.

This success further motivated me to pursue my postgraduate studies - so I chose the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Bangor University, because of its highly reputable Psychology Department. Furthermore, I was given an International Scholarship and a Postgraduate Achievement Scholarship! This course is also approved by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board, which would enable me to work in many parts of the world. It will be very gratifying if I can help individuals suffering from behavioural problems to live a more productive life. I hope to be able to contribute towards knowledge in this field as a scientist-practitioner. Perhaps, most appealingly, I could one day use the principles of behaviour modification to improve the quality of life.I enrolled in Sunway University’s BSc (Hons) Psychology in 2011 – and for me, it was a time of exploration and discovery at both personal and intellectual levels. I managed to maintain the Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah Continuing 75% Scholarship for three consecutive years! It was challenging but very rewarding, and I had a great time making many lifelong memories.


Joshua Yee
Bsc (Hons) Business Management

Joshua Yee is a caffeine dependent life-form. I want to live in a world where cars can fly, Windows Operating System was never invented – Mac, the best OS ever! – and iPhones are cheaper. I was born into a Chinese family in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. I spend most of my free time reading, playing football, and drinking coffee whenever I can. I also sing and play the electric guitar for my church.

After completing the Australian Matriculation in Sunway, I stayed on in Sunway University to pursue my degree in Business Management. Today, I possess the BSc (Hon) in Business Management, and I am proud to be a Sunway Alumni. My study life at Sunway University has shaped me to become more focused, and a stronger individual. Having also been very active in my local church while juggling my assignments and exams, I learned the ability to manage my time wisely, as well as maintaining the standard of my work.

Upon graduation, I spent a brief period in Naga DDB – a high-profile advertising agency – before deciding to take my career into a different direction. Today, I am a Project Analyst in Leaderonomics, currently involved in the Campus Division.

Since joining Leaderonomics, I have led programmes for university students, and co-developed business simulations that enhance student learning in a more experiential and meaningful way. I feel passionate when I see young people realise their true potential, leading them to take realistic steps to pursue their dreams.
 

My message to Students

Do not be influenced by what people say and think about you! Peer pressure is real – but we can kick it in the butt! Remember: what you study does not necessarily determine where you end up in the future. So do everything in moderation, and remember to have a balanced life!


Sherlyn Yong Geok San
Bsc (Hons) Psychology

EPIC Homes is a place where radical dreamers, courageous trailblazers and selfless team players lend their hand to provide safe and sustainable housing for the underprivileged communities, starting with the Orang Asli. It is a platform where Extraordinary People Impacting Community (EPIC). At EPIC, we aim to see a world where serving others is a lifestyle. To quote Helen Keller, who inspires me, “The most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

My passion has always been to serve others especially the indigenous people and refugees. I believe that through serving these communities, I not only receive satisfaction when I see them feeling happy, but I also get to help those who are in need. Studying psychology in Sunway has taught me to understand others who are less fortunate. When I completed my studies, I started my internship in EPIC Homes – and currently, I am working full time in EPIC Homes as the current leader of community development. As part of my duties, I lead volunteers to visit the Orang Asli village, understand their culture, and consult the Orang Asli regarding building homes.

My work in EPIC Homes has been an adventurous roller coaster ride, because EPIC taught me three important lessons in life. First is the importance of serving others who are underprivileged. This is what EPIC Homes’s vision and mission clearly shows. Second is the fundamental rule in EPIC – to understand others through relationship building and by listening first. I remember Johnson Oei, my boss, always teaching me to love others unconditionally. Finally, the job is not all about the benefits and income that we get. One must always think of the experience, and always learn to be nice to all – even to the cleaning lady.

My strongest impression of EPIC is the learning culture. I feel this is a good way to encourage the contribution of opinions and ideas – which leads us to great teamwork. To end with another quote from the source of my inspiration, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

 

Aiman Maulan
BA (Hons) in Communication

I became fond of the Malaysian media, specifically the editorial side after my internship and wanted to make a career out of it. Unfortunately, being a fresh graduate put me at a disadvantageous position as I had to compete against others with years of job experience. Eventually, I found a solution. I created my own media company. With the power of Google and utilising the branding, graphics and media skills I’ve gained from my degree, I started my own tech & gaming website, and a YouTube channel. Even if I fail to make a living out of it, I would’ve at least gained the necessary experience and knowledge to land a job. My website continued to grow, reaching as high as 36,000 monthly visitors, and I was eventually approached by a gaming media company called Gamehubs. The founder offered me a job as an editor, where I’ll be managing content for both their magazine and website. Here I am now, the editor of both Gamehubs and The Assemblage.

Other people might think it was my lucky streak but they didn’t see the hard work that I’ve put in. Media companies usually have plenty of people to perform specific tasks, from web developers to a fullfledged editorial team. With very little money, I became the one-man army needed to run the business, which included maintaining the website, writing articles, recording videos, and more. My advice is that if there are no opportunities, you create them. The only thing that’s stopping you from achieving your dreams, is you.

 

Lim Fang Hao
American Degree Transfer Program

I graduated in Microbiology, with a minor in Emerging Global Diseases. I transferred to Iowa State University through the American Degree Transfer Program (Center for American Education) at Sunway University.

After graduating from Iowa State University in May 2015, I applied for several entry level positions throughout The States. Unfortunately, my work authorisation was rejected by the Department of Homeland Security, which led me to return home.

I spent my remaining days in the US with friends, volunteering at the Ames Public Library and even travelled via university-sponsored trips. During that span of time, I visited 25 out of 50 states there. Not a bad tally, in my opinion!

Now that I am back to reality, I am still looking for a job pertaining to my major which is in the realm of healthcare. In the meantime, I have committed more time in writing for my personal blog and hopefully submit some of my work to Readers’ Digest as well.

What I have gained in the last four years at Sunway University has helped me to adapt to such changes at different stages of life. The two key lessons I have learnt was networking and personal growth. Sunway University’s student-centric campus broadened my social and professional network while the lecturers played a big role in my personal growth.

 

Mikhail Hendro
Diploma inHospitality & Tourism Management

Growing up on a tiny Island in Batam, Indonesia, I was enriched with many cultures and languages. It has always been my dream to further my studies overseas because I wanted see the world and make friends of different cultures. Enrolling in the Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management was like a dream come true. I made many friends from Korea, China, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and even Botswana.

After completing my Diploma, I furthered my Business degree with Cardiff Metropolitan University and graduated with First Class Honours.

I am currently entrusted to lead the Sales Team in my region for Procter and Gamble (P&G). Here, I get to manage and develop growth for multibillion dollar brands such as Pantene, Pampers and Gillette. With the given resources, I am responsible to improve market share through understanding consumers, effective penetration strategy, promotion and brand communication. With that, I am able to match both brand and store’s positioning to create sparks of business growth.

I heard many people say, I wasted 4 years sitting and heating the college bench just for a piece of paper. For me, taking anything for granted is the worst thing to do. Everything I learnt on campus has indeed turned into assets in my career life. I also believe in the motto of “Work Hard Play Hard”. Go out and make as many friends as possible, don’t be choosy because you will learn new things only from new people. Have fun!

 

Leong Sheng Yik
BSc (Hons) in Accounting & Finance

I am grateful for what I have learnt in and out of classrooms. Equipped, Driven and Inspired are three key takeaways from my time here.

Equipped - Apart from offering industry-experienced lecturers in the classroom, Sunway emphasised students to participate in soft skills workshops, which I am glad that I took full advantage of. These skill sets has since provided me a ‘lever’ to excel in my career, for example, the ‘story telling’ approach has proven to be extremely useful be it presenting a regional strategy roadmap to the management team or pitching a product to the end user.

Driven – A week after final exams, I joined a multinational management consulting firm as an Analyst for Mergers & Acquisitions projects. While I indulged in the opportunity to analyse complex issues and develop strategic solutions, the intense environment often demand a focused, driven mentality which I was trained from my university.

Inspired – I am immensely inspired by the spirit of entrepreneurship from the success stories of Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah. Upon returning home from Sydney, I took the plunge to join a fintech firm to pioneer Equity Crowdfunding (ECF) in the S.E.A region. As of today, we have completed the region’s largest ECF deal and I see my fulfilment to help more aspiring businesses.

My time at Sunway was a wonderful one, and this would not be realised without the friends, lecturers, supporting staff and everyone from the Sunway family. I look forward to contributing back to this community and did I mention to you, that I am proud to regard myself as a Sunway graduate!

 

Jeffred Tham King Why
Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Management (Hospitality Specialisation)

Jeffred Tham King Why is the Managing Director of Thai Syok Seafood Restaurant, a restaurant serving authentic Thai delicacies.

The Sunway alumnus who completed his Diploma in Hospitality & Tourism Management (Hospitality Specialisation) in August 2007, says his role is to oversee all aspects of the business from guest satisfaction to profit and loss. He also manages over 13 full time employees working with the restaurant.

In 2008, Jeffred joined Wynn Macau as captain of Cafe Esplanada. He was then promoted to the position of Trainer of Food and Beverage (F&B) in May that year. A year later, he became Training Managerfor the F&B Division, with responsibilities managing and organising training for 1300 team members. Jeffred and his management team created the F&B Academy.

In his spare time, Jeffred enjoys photography and Teakwondo. He is now a second Dan black belt in the martial art and previously served as a president of Sunway University Teakwondo Club.

"When talking about hospitality, we talk about the 'moment of truth'. We cannot rely merely on academics but must balance it with fieldwork as well," he opined."Sunway University really excelled in this area. During my time there, the school provided a real restaurant for students to operate, a 5-star kitchen and experienced lecturers to lead the class. This was a great platform for us to put what we learnt into practice, learning to serve real customers. The patient and professional lecturers not only thaught us from books, but also shared their experience with us, equipping us well before stepping into the industry."

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The 30 Stars of Sunway are selected alumni who have showcased and attained significant career or academic achievements, portray exemplary service or have made exceptional contributions to the institution and community.

Congratulations to our 30 Stars of Sunway! 

  • Dato’ Adrian Ooi Kok Aun – Curtin University Twinning Programme
    • Dato’ Adrian is the Corporate Advisor for Global Capital Ltd, an investment portfolio of RM 1 billion.
  • Alex Ooi – Monash University Twinning Programme
    • Alex is the Director of the Audit Oversight Board (AOB) for Securities Commission Malaysia whose primary role is to monitor auditors of public interest entities in Malaysia.
  • George Ang – University of Western Australia Twinning Programme
    • George is the Group CEO & Founder of Revenue Valley Group, which owns & operates a chain of restaurants such as The Manhattan Fish Market and Tony Roma’s.
  • Ts. Ricky Liew – VU MBA
    • Ts. Ricky is the Head of Engineering for SR Aviation and was the first to set up the only Cessna Citation Business Jet Authorized Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) in Malaysia.
  • Chua Teck Boon – VU Undergraduate Programme
    • Teck Boon is the Managing Director for Sistem Simfoni. He was a past president and an active member of the VU Alumni Malaysia Chapter and was awarded the distinguished “Hoadley Medal”.
  • Jagadesan Chandra Mohan
    • Jagadesan was formerly a Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Community Scholarship recipient and is now the founder & CEO of Mitra IT Solutions providing consultation services on software development. He has come full circle by contributing back to the Community Scholarship.
  • Anthony Tan – Cambridge GCE A Level
    • Anthony is the co-founder & Group CEO of Grab; Southeast Asia’s leading mobile technology company focused on bringing transport freedom and financial inclusion to millions of lives in more than 500 cities across seven countries.
  • Stephen Lee – Sunway TES
    • Stephen is the Manager for Sunway Group’s Internal Audit team and spends his personal time coaching futsal in a community programme to kids as young as 5 years old.
  • Mallory Loone Li Mei – Sunway TES
    • Mallory is the CEO of Thriving Talents. She has global work experience and is passionate on topics pertaining to youth and women empowerment.
  • Loh Jon Ming – Sunway TES
    • Jon Ming is the co-founder of EPIC Group of Companies with an aim of creating a cooperative world of response-able people through experiential learning and community-driven development projects.  
  • Joanne Soo
    • Joanne is the Senior Technical Product Manager for Groupon Inc. She was the only Malaysian selected to be transferred to the Product & Engineering HQ in Silicon Valley.
  • Jack Tan – Centre of American Education
    • Jack is the Head of Sales for Brand's Suntory. He started his career in Unilever and was the youngest in the senior management team, managing to grow the business by double digits year on year.
  • Lim Wen Kai – Foundation in Arts
    • Wen Kai is the co-founder of 97Bros, a fashion accessories brand. With just an initial RM500 investment and lots of effort, he and his partners successfully generated more than half a million of revenue in just a year.
  • Lee Jie Wen – School of Science & Technology
    • Jia Wen is a Senior Consultant, HR at PwC Singapore and is recognised as one of the change agents in PwC. She played a key role in conducting salary benefits analysis and benchmarking for every industry in Malaysia.
  • Shalini Loganathan –School of Science & Technology
    • Shalini is the Head of HR Transformation and Change Management in Petronas. She was also a finalist for the PETRONAS ICT Excellence Award.
  • Riley Pham – School of Hospitality
    • Riley is the Chief Marketing Officer of Agritour JSC Vietnam & owns two innovative cafes in Vung Tau City, Vietnam. In his spare time, he also teaches Hospitality Operations & Management at Ba Ria Vin Tau University.
  • Daniel Lee – School of Hospitality
    • Daniel is the Group Account Director for Hotshoes and has over a decade of experience in the events industry. His biggest achievement is the successful execution of the inaugural Volkswagen Das Auto Show, the largest single brand auto show in Malaysia.
  • Tan Wei Ni – School of Hospitality
    • Wei Ni is the youngest Business Development Manager at the Sarawak Convention Bureau and is currently leading several big projects in Sarawak.
  • Cyrus Chin – School of Hospitality
    • Cyrus is the founder of Bravo Events & Entertainment which has clients across a wide portfolio of industries, such as Disney Malaysia, LBS Bina Group & many more.
  • Shahira Najia – Sunway University Business School
    • Shahira is an investigation officer for the Commercial Crime Department of the Royal Malaysia Police. She is a committed investigator who leads the operations team in raid sessions.
  • Alphaeus Tan – Cambridge GCE A-Level
    • Alphaeus is a Senior Operations Associate at Lazada Malaysia and the Business & Technology Consultant for Ideal Living Furniture and Spicy Crab Restaurant.
  • Dr. Qu Hsueh Ming – Cambridge GCE A-Level
    • Dr. Qu is an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. He has won prestigious awards such as Hume Society Young Scholar Award, Gibbs Prize in Philosophy and many more.
  • Malvin Ong – VU Undergraduate Programme
    • Malvin is currently a Manager & Trainer for Coway. He is an active volunteer who has led many community works such as makeover projects that aimed to provide basic necessities and education.
  • Jet Chan – Sunway University Business School
    • Jet is a Corporate Audit Staff for General Electric Company. He has over seven years of audit, financial and project management experience with GE, KPMG and EY in Asia Pacific and North Africa.
  • Keeran Sivarajah – Australian Matriculation
    • Keeran is the Director, Strategy Advisory for Ernst & Young & also the co-founder of Teach for Malaysia, an NGO with a mission to empower Malaysia through education.
  • Dr. Rona Chandrawati – Canadian International Matriculation Programme
    • Dr. Rona is the ARC DECRA fellow at the University of Sydney. She is committed to developing new technologies & has won many awards such as Elsevier Woman in Chemical Engineering Award and the Marie Curie Research Fellowship.
  • Kevin Khaw – Centre of American Education
    • Kevin is a Cloud Platform Engineering Manager at Google in Silicon Valley. He has worked with Google for more than 10 years and manages a team in Google’s cloud computing group.
  • Riad Asmat – Centre of American Education
    • Riad is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer for AirAsia. He was previously in Naza Corp, a key player in the establishment of Team Lotus and oversaw the growth of the F1 team in Malaysia.
  • Chow Shenn Kuan
    • Shenn was a graduate of the Australian Matriculation programme & is currently an active student leader who is involved in many events and activities for the institution.
  • Choong Kar Wai – Sunway University Business School
    • Kar Wai is a young entrepreneur with a love for the F&B industry. He is the founder & owner of 4 Cafés; CoffeeSociété, Garage 51, Underground Société & Procaffeinating. 

The 30 Stars of Sunway Awards were presented by Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. R.V. Navaratnam during the ‘Alumni Homecoming Dinner: 30 Years of Giving’ which was held on 18th November 2017 at Jeffrey Cheah Hall, Sunway University.  

Carine Hew (carinehew@sunway.edu.my)

Geetha Baba (geethaba@sunway.edu.my)

Farah Muthu (farahm@sunway.edu.my)

Rinee Hamidon (hazrineeh@sunway.edu.my)

Sue-Ann Chia (sueannc@sunway.edu.my)

 

You may also reach the entire team at alumni@sunway.edu.my

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