Sunway University Jeffrey Cheah
Sunway University Jeffrey Cheah, Jeffrey Cheah is the founder and current chairman of the Sunway Group, a Malaysian conglomerate operating in 12 industries with core businesses in property and construction.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah Fook Ling (Hakka Chinese: 谢富年; Qia3 Fu5 Ngien2 or Chia Fook Yin) is the founder and current chairman of the Sunway Group, a Malaysian conglomerate operating in 12 industries with core businesses in property and construction. Jeffrey Cheah is Foundation Chancellor of Sunway University in Malaysia. He is also a Founding Trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.
Cheah is the recipient of 10 honorary doctorates, most of which in recognition of his outstanding contribution towards education.
Jeffrey Cheah moved to Australia to pursue a business degree at Victoria University (then Footscray Institute of Technology) in Melbourne and after graduating, returned to Malaysia to take a job as an accountant in a motor assembly plant. He soon left this employment, and in 1974, he started his own company, a small tin-mining company with a startup capital of RM100,000. Today, Sunway Group is one of Malaysia’s most formidable property-construction conglomerate
Sunway Group and Bandar Sunway
The Sunway Group grew from a gradual conglomeration of Jeffrey Cheah’s business interests. At its heart is the 350-hectare (860-acre; 1.4 sq mi) development Bandar Sunway, in the Petaling district of the state of Selangor. This derelict mining estate was ‘resurrected’ as a new township, twenty minutes’ drive from the centre of Kuala Lumpur, focused around the Sunway Lagoon theme park and the Sunway Pyramid shopping mall, both of which are Sunway Group holdings. Cheah’s investment in Malaysian higher education is represented by the two universities of Bandar Sunway: the Malaysian campus of the Australian Monash University and the local Sunway University. The rehabilitation and transformation of the landscape has won the township international awards, including being recognised as Malaysia’s first fully integrated green township as certified by the Green Building Index (GBI) of Malaysia. The township, Sunway City (formerly known as Sunway Resort City) also clinched the Low Carbon City award from the Malaysian Institute of Planners for implementing low carbon initiatives within the township