Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO recently received Victoria University’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from Chancellor of Victoria University, Mr George Pappas, at the Victoria University Graduation Ceremony held at Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa. After graduating from Victoria University with a degree in business and accounting in the 1960s, Tan Sri Cheah would later receive his first honorary doctorate from the university. As such, the award is especially meaningful to Tan Sri Cheah, being a recognition from his alma mater.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO, Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group, Founding Trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, and Chancellor of Sunway University, receiving the Victoria University Distinguished Alumni Award from Mr George Pappas, Chancellor of Victoria University at the Victoria University Graduation Ceremony on 9 April 2017.
“Victoria University holds a special place in my heart,” he said to a hall of VU graduates. “I treasure my University experience so much that I invited my alma mater to partner with us at Sunway to offer the programmes which you are graduating from today.” As a pioneer in the Malaysian educational landscape for twinning degree programmes, Victoria University was one of the first educational institutions that the Sunway Education Group was affiliated with, stemming from Tan Sri Cheah’s educational experience there. The Sunway Education Group and Victoria University’s 24-year academic partnership has seen the delivery of undergraduate business degrees and the postgraduate Master of Business Administration degree. The Distinguished Alumni Award is awarded each year to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of a member of the Victoria University alumni in their chosen field of endeavour. Only one recipient is selected a year, based on several selection criteria including being recognised as a leader in their field, receiving formal recognition for their endeavours, demonstrating integrity and high ethical standards, and exemplifying the pursuit of excellence in everything they do. Victoria University is ranked 56 in the world’s top universities aged under 50 in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings.