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UEA signs Memorandum of Co-operation with Sunway University

Prof David Richardson, the Vice-Chancellor of University of East Anglia (UEA) and Prof Graeme Wilkinson, the Vice-Chancellor of Sunway University (Sun-U), Malaysia, signed a Memorandum of Co-operation (MoC) at Bandar Sunway today (2 June).

The ceremony was attended by representatives from both institutions, including Prof Ho Chee Kit, Head (Academic), Centre for Actuarial Studies, Applied Finance and Statistics at Sunway University.

The MoC builds on the growing relationship between the two universities and will enable students from Sun-U to spend two years at UEA to complete their studies in BSc Economics, BSc Business Economics and BSc Actuarial Science in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Science.

The Vice-Chancellor of Sunway University, Prof Graeme Wilkinson, was delighted to welcome UEA into the fold of leading universities which work with Sun-U to provide students with the best possible educational experience during their time in the University. The exchange of ideas, discussions and positive academic relations between members of staff from both universities are also some of the areas Prof Graeme Wilkinson hopes will strengthen the ties between UEA and Sunway University.

Prof Wilkinson said: “This Memorandum of Co-operation with UEA will work to strengthen the position of Sunway University as a leading private university in Malaysia and position Sunway University as an international education hub in Asia. The memorandum enables Sunway University students to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Economics Year 2 in the Faculty of Social Sciences once they meet the admission criteria set by UEA. Ranked in the Top 15 Economic departments in the United Kingdom (2016 Guardian League Table), the Economics department of UEA utilises a research-inspired approach to enable students to benefit from world-class research in Economics.”

UEA Vice-Chancellor Prof David Richardson said: “At UEA we deliver quality degree programmes that will allow our students and graduates to thrive in an ever changing global environment. That is our goal but it cannot be achieved alone. In an increasingly competitive world we must work together to provide unique experiences and added value in order to achieve this goal of providing the very best educational experience possible. I am delighted to sign this agreement and look forward to building on a productive partnership with Sunway University.”

Prof Richardson added that universities are significant contributors to economic growth and partnerships between universities around the world are key to meeting global challenges and growing knowledge-based economies.

Prof Wilkinson added: “By pursuing a Bachelor of Actuarial Sciences at Sunway University, our Sunway students have the option to take up Year 2 in the Faculty of Sciences at University of East Anglia. The undergraduate students will benefit from engaging with real-world business problems, with teaching conducted by professional Actuaries and strong industrial links with relevant business organisations in the United Kingdom. I hope this co-operation will serve to stimulate further research opportunities in Asia and enhance the quality of teaching for both UEA and Sun-U.”

A top 15 university in the UK and voted one of the top 5 for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2005-2017. Overall student satisfaction, English mainstream universities) for the past five years, together with one of the top five private universities in Malaysia and ranked No. 1 in Asia in the 2015 i–graduate international student survey for employability and learning, both UEA and Sun-U are pleased to have reached this understanding as substantial synergies from this cooperation will benefit students and academic staff from both universities.

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