Welcome to the Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference 2018!

Research to Real world Impact: A Transdisciplinary Perspective

The Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference (MSRC) is a multi-disciplinary conference, encompassing the spectrum of STEM-M & AHSS disciplines.

STEM-M : Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine
AHSS : Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

The conference aims to foster inter-disciplinary knowledge exchange amongst academics (early career researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students), as well as stakeholders in industry and policy-making. The envisaged goal is to translate research into real-world impact, by transcending inter-disciplinary boundaries and potentiating trans-disciplinary outcomes.

Malaysia Singapore Research Conference 2018

Date : 7 April 2018, Saturday

Time : 8.30AM – 6.30PM

Venue : DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Cambridge

Dress Code : Smart

Drinks Reception & Formal Dinner

Time : From 6.30PM

Venue : DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Cambridge

Dress Code : Business Formal

Mission & Goals


To lead and facilitate knowledge sharing amongst young researchers – undergraduate, postgraduate and early career academics – currently in the UK.





MSRC 2018's Speakers, Sponsors and Organizing Committees


MSRC 2018 Delegates at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel


Time Programme Venue
0800 - 0900 Registration Main Hall
0900 - 0930 Welcome Address & Briefing
0930 - 1030 Keynote Addresses - How Education is Instrumental for Achieving Trans-disciplinary Impact
Dr. Elizabeth Lee, Senior Executive Director, Sunway University and Sunway Education Group
Prof. Ling San, Provost and Vice President (Academic), NTU Singapore
1030 - 1045 Keynote Speakers Q & A
1045 - 1100 Tea Break
1100 - 1230 Panel Session - Achieving Trans-disciplinary Impact: Challenges and Opportunities
Prof. Bee Wee, Associate Director of Clinical Studies, University of Oxford
Dr. Fauzi Mohd Som, CEO, Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC)
Dr. Koon-Yang Lee, Senior Lecturer, Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London
Dr. Chander Velu, Lecturer, Institute of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
1230 - 1330 Networking Lunch Foyer
1330 - 1515 Concurrent Thematic Presentations I Theme 1: Cayley Suite
Theme 2: Cam Suite
Theme 3: Main Hall
Theme 1
Science, Technology, Engineering
& Mathematics (STEM)
Chair: Li Hong Liew
Theme 2
Biomedical Sciences
Chair: Alexander Mok
Theme 3
Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Chair: Ainul Hanafiah
1515 - 1545 Tea Break Foyer
1545 - 1800 Concurrent Thematic Presentations II Theme 1: Cayley Suite
Theme 2: Cam Suite
Theme 3: Main Hall
Theme 1
Science, Technology, Engineering
& Mathematics (STEM)
Chair: Li Hong Liew
Theme 2
Biomedical Sciences
Chair: Alexander Mok
Theme 3
Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Chair: Ainul Hanafiah
1800 - 1830 Closing Address & Prizes Main Hall
1830 - 1900 Networking Session Foyer
1900 - 2100 Private Dining Dining Hall

Theme 1 – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Theme 2 – Biomedical Sciences

Theme 3 – Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Session Topics

Keynote Address

How Education is Instrumental for Achieving Transdisciplinary Impact

Transdisciplinarity is the cornerstone of our increasing globalised world. This requires collaborative and integrative efforts of not only researchers from multiple disciplines but capital and support from stakeholders across government, industry and the public. Tertiary education institutions are havens for innovation and ideas and thus, an ideal platform to champion the adoption of transdisciplinary philosophies. Our distinguished keynote speakers lead world-class academic institutions and will share their unique perspectives on how the role of education and academia can impact the real world.

Panel Session

Achieving Trans-disciplinary Impact: Challenges and Opportunities

It is hoped that synergy from multiple stakeholders such as researchers, government, industry, and the public would transcend interdisciplinary boundaries and achieve consilience between the sciences and humanities, with the intent of translating research into societal impact via multiple streams including new technology and products, innovative processes and paradigm shifts, as well as policy changes. Functional differences between academia, government and industry can pose significant challenges to achieving transdisciplinary outcomes. Fortunately, challenges can stimulate gateways to opportunities and this session will give further insight into this matter.

Presentation Themes

Academic diversity ensures a collection of knowledge that is balanced, relevant and practical. Thus, the subject themes of the MSRC are as follows:


THEME 1 – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

• Robotics, Physical & Mathematical Sciences etc.

• Aeronautical, Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering etc.


THEME 2 – Biomedical Sciences

• Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Oncology, Reproductive Medicine etc.

• Biochemistry, Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology etc.


THEME 3 – Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

• Economics, International Relations, Law, Political Sciences etc.

• Art, Business, Education etc.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Elizabeth Lee

Dr Elizabeth Lee Fuh Yen is the Senior Executive Director of the Sunway Education Group. Since her appointment in 1992, the Sunway Education Group has developed from just one institution, Sunway College which had a student population of less than 1,000 to a dynamic group of sixteen institutions, catering to more than 26,000 students.

Educated and trained in the United Kingdom in Multi-Cultural Education, Elizabeth read her Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Education at the University of Cambridge. Her Cambridge links see her actively involved in the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Malaysia of which she is a past President.

A veteran in the field of private higher education provision, Elizabeth also serves on National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN) and the International Academic Advisory Council (IAAC) of Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia. She sits on the Board of Management of the Master Builders Association of Malaysia Education Fund and also the Board of Trustees of MERCY Malaysia. A thought leader in her own right, her international engagements have included speaking at the Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh and the Malaysia-UK Diamond Jubilee Forum in commemoration of 60 years of Bilateral Relations organised by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) in London. She is also known as an advocate for women in leadership and serves as a mentor in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) global programme for specially chosen female corporate leaders.

In August 2014, she was conferred the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the University of Nottingham for her immense and exceptional contributions to education in Malaysia. She is also a recipient of several international and national awards which include the Visionary Women Leadership Award at the 2nd World Women Leadership Congress and Award (WWLCA) in Mumbai (2015), the Malaysia Most Impactful Leadership Contribution Award 2014 by Asia Success Inc. and the Outstanding Asian Women Community Contribution Award from Malaysia Women’s Career Building Association in 2011.

Elizabeth was elected as a member in the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Council effective January 2016, Chair of the MQA Investment Committee and member of the MQA Disciplinary Committee since 1 February 2016.

In April 2016, she was conferred a second honorary doctorate by Victoria University. The Doctorate of the University award is in recognition of Elizabeth’s role as a distinguished educator, for her work in promoting international education and issues relating to the education of women. The award also recognises her pivotal role in fostering the partnership between Victoria University and the Sunway Education Group.

In May 2017, she was nominated to be on the Trustee Committee of the Chair on Women Leadership, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. In the same month, she was bestowed the award for Women Entrepreneur in Canadian Education at the Malaysia Canada Business Council (MCBC) 25th Anniversary Business Excellence Award ceremony which was held in conjunction with Canada’s 150th Anniversary Celebration. In August, Elizabeth was bestowed the Malaysian Chinese Women of Excellence Award in Education by Wanita MCA in celebration of National Women’s Day.

In her personal capacity, she has written and edited a number of children’s English storybooks for early language learning. Her culinary interests find her serving on the National Council of the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs, Baillage de Malaisie, where she is the Baili Regional for the state of Perak.

She is married to Company Director Mr Cheah Ming Chiew. They have three daughters, aged between 19 years and 22 years.


Prof. Ling San

Professor Ling San is Provost and Vice President (Academic) at NTU Singapore. A Professor of Mathematical Sciences, he joined NTU in April 2005 as the Founding Head of the Division of Mathematical Sciences in the School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences (SPMS). He was Chair of SPMS from April 2008 to December 2010, and Dean, College of Science, from August 2011 to December 2017, before assuming his current appointments on 1 January 2018. Before joining NTU, he spent 13 years at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Professor Ling’s research interests are in applications of algebra and number theory to combinatorial designs, coding theory, cryptography and sequences. He has published more than 180 journal and conference papers and two textbooks, and edited several conference proceedings. His research has clinched more than S$20 million in funding.

A visiting scholar at institutions such as the University of California, Berkeley, CNRS, ESSI Sophia Antipolis, INRIA, ENS Lyon, Macquarie University, the Technion, and Hanyang University, he is a recipient of the Singapore Youth Award (Science & Technology) in 2001, National Science Award (Team) in 2003, Service to Education Award from the Singapore Ministry of Education in 2010, Public Administration Medal (Silver) from the President of the Republic of Singapore in 2013, and Fellowship of the Singapore National Academy of Science in 2014. A passionate educator, he has also won numerous teaching excellence awards at both NTU and NUS.

Active in serving the professional community, he is the Second Vice President of the Singapore National Academy of Science, and has been a Past President of the Southeast Asian Mathematical Society and the Singapore Mathematical Society, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Cryptologic Research. He is also on the Management Boards of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences at NUS and Temasek Laboratories at NTU, and has served as a reviewer for research funding agencies in Singapore and abroad.

He obtained his BA and MA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and has a PhD in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.


Panel Speakers 2018

Prof. Bee Wee

Prof. Bee Wee is Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Sir Michael Sobell House, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Associate Professor of Palliative Care at the University of Oxford.

Originally from Malaysia, Prof. Wee qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1988 and trained in general practice in Dublin before moving into palliative medicine in Ireland, Hong Kong and the UK. Prior to joining Oxford, she was Consultant/Senior Lecturer at Countess Mountbatten House, Southampton, and Deputy Director of Education for the School of Medicine at Southampton University. She was President of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland from 2010 – 2013.

Currently, Prof. Wee is National Clinical Director for End of Life Care at NHS England. In this role, she provides strategic leadership for improving palliative and end of life care across England. She chairs one of four Standing Advisory Committees for Quality Standards for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). She is also Head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaboration Centre for Palliative Care in Oxford, Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University and University of Worcester, and Honorary Professor at Sichuan University, China.

Prof. Wee is a Tutor in Medicine at the College, and Associate Director of Clinical Studies in the Medical Sciences Division within the University. She also serves on the Education Policy and Standards Committee for the Medical Sciences Division. Her teaching ranges from bedside clinical teaching, through workshops and seminars, to lectures to local, national and international audiences. She has a strong interest in supporting professional development for individuals and teams, and developing leaders in health care and education.

In 2010, she led the development of e-ELCA: an e-learning programme for end of life care commissioned by the Department of Health, and now hosted by Health Education England. This is accessible free of charge to all health and social care professionals across England, and at cost globally.

Prof. Wee’s research interests span many aspects of palliative care: symptom management, rehabilitation, care of the caregivers and care at the very end of life. She is also involved in research of educational methods in health care, and the delivery of health services.


Dr. Chander Velu

Dr. Chander Velu is a University Lecturer in the Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is also the Course Director for the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos (MET) IIA. He is a Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Prior to joining the Institute for Manufacturing, he was a member of the faculty at Cambridge Judge Business School. Prior to his academic career, Chander worked for Booz Allen & Hamilton and PricewaterhouseCoopers in London as a management consultant. He completed his MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Chander has an interest in innovation with a specific focus on exploring the antecedents and consequences of business model innovation. He has been examining issues related to business model innovation and implications for strategic decision making, ownership and challenges in transforming to more collaborative innovation models. In addition, Chander has been examining the relationship between innovation and entrepreneurial spawning in service industries.

Chander has also been developing alternative means of strategic decision making in game theory with particular applications to competitive settings including business strategy and innovation.

Chander also works on issues related to management and development economics. In this stream of research, Chander applies theories developed in economics and management to issues in development. Work in this theme includes the interactions of religion, economics and management and also the role of new business models for development.


Dr. Fauzi Mohd Som

Dr. Fauzi Mohd Som has been appointed by the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) as CEO of the Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC), the UK-based research and promotion centre of the MRB, with effect from 3rd November 2017. The appointment has been made following the retirement of Dato' Dr. Kamarudin Ab Malek.

Dr. Fauzi obtained his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemistry from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. In 1999 he received a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Dr. Fauzi held several posts throughout his career at the Malaysian Rubber Board. He was for several years the Head of Malaysian Delegates negotiating with the ASEAN Member States on Technical Barrier to Trade. He was also acting CEO of RRIM-Consult Corporation for 14 months from 2013-14. He was then Manager for Research Asset Management for the R&D Centre of Excellence at the Malaysian Rubber Board until 2015.

Dr. Fauzi was then promoted to the Director of R&D Centre of Excellence Division from 2015 until his appointment at TARRC in November 2017 as the new CEO.

He has 31 publications to his name and two patents as well as receiving several awards such as Excellence Service Award, Appreciation Service Award and Best Technical Paper Award.

Dr. Fauzi believes that TARRC, which was founded in 1938, has tremendously benefitted the Malaysian Rubber Industry especially with the establishment of the Rubber Technology Centre, Rubber Research Institute of Malaysia of the Malaysian Rubber Board. TARRC will continue collaborating with RRIM as well as other Malaysian institutes maximizing impact due to its location and linkages to the industry and academics in Western Countries. As an internationally recognized industrial and technological research and development organization (RTO), TARRC always has mutual benefit with others who require its services.


Dr. Koon-Yang Lee

Dr. Koon-Yang Lee is a Lecturer in Composite Manufacturing in the Composites Centre of the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London (ICL). His work focuses on the manufacturing and development of novel composite materials, with a focus on tailoring the interface between two (or more) phases to bridge the gap between chemistry, materials science and engineering.

Prior to this appointment, he was a lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London. Earlier, he worked as a senior post-doctoral fellow (Habilitant) at the Institute for Materials Chemistry and Research, University of Vienna and prior to this, as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering, ICL (seconded to a carbon fibre multi-axial producer, Formax UK, recently acquired by Hexcel). During this employment, he developed a novel binding technology to bind loose carbon fibres (reclaimed or cut-offs) into robust fibre preforms that possess the required downstream handing strength for use in conventional composite manufacturing techniques, such as vacuum assisted resin transfer moulding.

Dr. Lee currently has 1 awarded US patent, 1 pending US patent application, (co-)authored 38 peer-reviewed journal articles (incl. Green Chem – highlighted on the journal cover and Comp. Sci. Tech. – the top ranked composites journal), 9 invited book chapters and 6 confidential industrial technical reports for Cytec Engineered Materials UK, Mondelez International and Kennedys Solicitors (as an expert witness). His expertise are in the manufacturing of cellulose (nano)composites, hierarchical composites, polymer foams and lifecycle assessment of composite materials. His work has been recognised for excellence with the Dudley-Newitt Prize (2012) awarded by ICL and the Student Achievement Award (2011), awarded by the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS).

Dr. Lee is currently the associate editor of the J. Biobased Mater. Bioenergy. His research is supported by several EPSRC grants, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and the European Union (Climate-KIC). He is also a chartered engineer (MIMMM).



Mr. Samsurin Welch

Samsurin Welch is an PhD candidate in Strategic Management at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Prior to studying in Cambridge, he was the Head of Digital Innovation, Strategy & Architecture for PETRONAS, the national oil & gas corporation of Malaysia. Samsurin advised C-level management on strategic use of digital, and led the innovation team that incubates emerging technologies for value creation to the energy sector. He has over 13 years of experience in digital innovation, technology planning and corporate strategy across multiple sectors including Oil & Gas Upstream & Downstream, Retail & Education, with more recent focus on the applications of Industry 4.0, data science, Internet of Things and robotics.

Samsurin holds a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the London School Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University. His current research interests are in disruptive business model innovation for the digital economy.



DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is the only hotel in Cambridge city centre situated on the River Cam with stunning river and city views. This will be the venue for the Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference 2018 as well as the dinner that follows.

Granta Place Mill Lane
Cambridge, CB2 1RT
United Kingdom



Theme 1 presentation abstracts available here

Time Presenter Title
1330 Mr. Leonard Ng Wei Tat
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Printed Graphene Sensors for Human Motion Detection in IoT Applications
1350 Mr. Liu Yu Yang
Department of Physics, University of Cambridge
Calculating the Force Constant Matrix via Quantum Monte Carlo
1410 Mr. Jeremy Wong
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Generalising Teacher-student Learning for Automatic Speech Recognition
1430 Mr. Benjamin Cheong
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham
Design & Optimization of Aerospace Motor Drive Systems
1450 Mr. Bang Ming Yong
Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
Growth of Technology-based Not-for-profit Firms
1515 Break
1545 Mr. Kaif Hilman bin Muhammad Borhan Tan
Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge
Topological Data Analysis: What does Algebraic Topology have to do with Data?
1605 Mr. Hee Jee Loong
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nottingham
Dynamics of Waves on Surfaces Close to An Aeroengine High Pressure Shaft Location Bearing
1625 Mr. Valerian Chen
Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford
Nuclear Fusion – Challenges and Prospects
1645 Mr. Lee Wen Yao
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
The Aerodynamics of Jet Engines
1705 Mr. Yin Jou Khong
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Bipolar Metal Oxide Thin Film Devices
1725 Mr. Daryl Jude Lawrence
Department of Materials, Imperial College London
Investigation of the Percolative Behavior of Multi-layer Silver Nanowire Films


Theme 2 presentation abstracts available here

Time Presenter Title
1330 Ms. Aleya Aziz Marzuki
Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge
Learning Impairments in Adolescents with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
1350 Dr. Hannah Yong
Centre for Trophoblast Research, University of Cambridge
Placental Programming of Insulin Resistance in Adult Offspring
1410 Mr. Tsen Vei Lim
Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
Learning from Learning: Psychological Insights into Neuropsychiatric Disorders
1430 Ms. Magdalene Yin Lin Ting
University of Cambridge School of Medicine
Eyes: A Window to Diagnosis and Management of Multi-system Autoimmune Disease
1450 Ms. Irene Cheng
University of Sheffield, University of Lincoln
Metastasis of the Body – when Architecture and Science Combine. Study of Bodies with Cancer as Inspiration to Architecture Designs
1515 Break
1545 Mr. Toh Qin Kane
Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge
Cell Fate Decision Making: Insights from Non-genetic Heterogeneities
1605 Ms. Alicia Yoon
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London
The Resilience Challenge Game – An Exploratory Learning/Training Tool for Medical and Nursing Students
1625 Ms. Olga Laurentya
Department of Paediatrics, University of Cambridge
Early Growth Trajectories and Later Life Metabolic Risks
1645 Dr. Hannah Nazri
Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health, University of Oxford
Endometriosis: An Update on Biomarkers
1705 Ms. Silvana Talisa Wijaya
Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge
Role of Glutamatergic Neurons in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex in Cue-induced Reinstatement of Food Seeking
1725 Empty Session
Empty Session


Theme 3 presentation abstracts available here

Time Presenter Title
1330 Ms. Semine Long-Callesen
Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge
What does Colonial Heritage Mean to Malaysia 135 Years After the Construction of British Malaya’s First Museum?
1350 Dr. Nurul Huda Mohd. Razif
Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
There & Back Again: Mobility & Multilocality in Malay Polygamy
1410 Ms. Claire Tan
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
National Unity: An Educational Cliché? A Project on Ethnic Representation and Narratives of Nationhood in Malaysian English Language Schoolbooks, 1968-2015
1430 Mr. Azam Malek Wan Haron
Diploma School, Architectural Association
Waste Cathedral : Familiarizing Infrastructure and the Built Form
1450 Mrs. Alison Wells
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Continuing Professional Development Provision Needs a Theory of Change for Impact on Practice
1515 Break
1545 Ms. Pei Rong Cheo
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Exploring the Potential and Feasibility of Scaling Up the Learning and Leadership Group Approach to Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Conservation in the Asia-Pacific or ASEAN Region
1605 Mr. Samsurin Welch
Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
Bitcoins, Cryptokitties and Diamonds: Demystifying Blockchains and Distributed Ledger Technologies
1625 Mr. Matthias Wong
Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Reacting to Shock and Uncertainty: Some Observations from the Seventeenth Century
1645 Dr. Parastoo Galamchi
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Impact of Digital Learning Technology on Children Learning Outcome, Mediated by Parental Involvement
1705 Ms. Kathryna Kwok
Department of Education, University of Oxford
How Singlish can Help Students Learn Standard English: Insights from Computer Modelling
1725 Mr. Ngee Derk Tiong
Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
Critical Reflections on Private and International Education in Malaysia: Perspectives and Possibilities


Platinum Sponsor

Sunway Group

Gold Sponsors

TalentCorp Malaysia

Platinum Sponsor Profiles


Sunway University is one of Malaysia’s top universities offering programmes from diploma to post-graduate levels. It is part of the Sunway Education Group which is owned and governed by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation (JCF). The University is one of 16 institutions in the Group which includes Sunway College, Monash University Malaysia, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Sunway International School.

Sunway University is a hub of multicultural interaction, a platform for sharing, learning and networking. In its aim to deliver quality higher education Sunway University works closely in partnership and collaborating with world-class institutions, Lancaster University and Le Cordon Bleu International. With the partnerships, Sunway University’s home-grown degrees in areas of business, accounting, banking and finance, financial mathematics and statistics, economics and management, psychology, communications, computing and information systems, biological and medical sciences are validated by Lancaster University while its international hospitality management and culinary management degrees are accredited by the Le Cordon Bleu. The University also offers programmes in various other areas which include nursing, biomedicine, actuarial studies, contemporary music (audio technology), music performance, design communication, interior architecture, global supply chain management and international business.

The University also offers the American Degree Transfer Programme which enables students to transfer to top 10% universities in the United States, for example John Hopkins, Cornell, Washington University in St Louise, and Michigan Ann Arbor. Sunway University also partners Harvard University, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge to promote a two-way flow of scholars and researchers.

Sunway University has received recognition placing it on a par with long established international institutions. The University was awarded an overall rating of four-stars out of a maximum of five-stars by the QS World university ranking and rating organisation receiving individual five-star ratings in the “teaching”, “employability” and “facilities” categories placing it on a par with long established international institutions. In the QS Asia 2018 ranking, Sunway University was placed among the top 2.5% of all institutions in Asia.

In its aim to deliver high quality education, conducive study environment and overall learning experience, Sunway University along with Sunway College were recognised in the Student Barometer survey (SB Autumn 2017) - a global benchmark survey administered by igraduate - as Asia’s No. 1 in “Laboratories”, “Physical library”, “Technology”, “Social facilities” and “Campus buildings” as well as Malaysia’s No. 1 for “Overall” satisfaction. In 2017, Sunway University was one of the eight universities to be awarded the Premier Digital Tech University status by MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation). In the SETARA (Rating System for Malaysian Higher Education) 2017, Sunway received a 5-Star (Excellent) rating in the Emerging University category. It is also an ISO 9001: 2015 certified institution further amplifying the University’s commitment to quality on all levels in the higher education provision.

The JCF is founded on the fundamental premise of giving to society, a philosophy that has governed the Sunway Education Group thus far. Through the Foundation, operating surpluses are ploughed back into the institutions for expansion of faculty and facilities, and disbursed as scholarships and research grants, ensuring that education and development programmes of the highest quality are supported and sustained.


Gold Sponsor Profiles


TalentCorp was established on 1 January 2011 under the Prime Minister’s Department to formulate and facilitate initiatives to connect leading employers to talent that Malaysia needs. Collaborating closely with relevant Government agencies and employers in priority economic sectors, TalentCorp develops demand-driven initiatives to enhance graduate employability, optimise Malaysian professionals, engage Malaysians abroad and facilitate foreign talent.


The Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC), founded in 1938, is the UK-based R&D and promotion centre of the Malaysian Rubber Board, whose mission is to enhance the competitiveness and viability of the Malaysian rubber industries in the global environment through focused R&D, effective transfer of technology and quality support services. TARRC’s scientific and engineering excellence is focussed towards the advancement of the Malaysian rubber industry through compounding and processing, materials and product development, engineering design, evaluation and testing and production technology. TARRC’s participation in international events promotes Malaysian manufacturers as leading worldwide suppliers of rubber products and materials.


Supporting Partners

Cambridge University Malaysia Society (CUMaS)

Cambridge University Malaysia and Singapore Association (CUMSA)

Young Malaysian Engineers (YME)


Alexander Mok

Programme Coordinator

Alexander is a 2nd Year PhD student in Population Health Sciences. His research focuses on the combined influence of Nutrition and Physical Activity on health and chronic disease using large population-based studies. Alex graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology and subsequently completed interdisciplinary training in Public Health at Harvard University. Prior to studying in Cambridge, he worked in the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre within the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences and was awarded the National Science Scholarship from Singapore, A*STAR to pursue his doctoral studies.

Toh Qin Kane

Data Manager

Kane is a first year Genetics PhD student in the Department of Genetics, and he is funded by the Cambridge International Scholarship. He is studying the mechanisms underpinning cell-state transitions in developmental biology by adopting a dynamical systems approach, which sees development as the dynamic unfolding of potentialities, and life as more than just its material constituents.


Ainul Hanafiah

Sponsorship Officer
Founding Member & Sponsorship Officer (2016)

PhD candidate in Public Health, Ainul is passionate in health, community and international development. Currently, she is involved in reviewing the Malaysian mental health policy. Amongst the community projects she has been involved include the Child Protection Policy (CPP) of Sime Darby and Rock Up!, a fund raising event participated by local celebrities. Her recent publication on stigma of people with mental health problems in Malaysia has garnered attention globally.

Magie Teoh

Finance Officer

Magie is currently studying MPhil Real Estate Finance at Cambridge after obtaining her First-Class Honour Degree in Accounting and Finance at University of Liverpool. Her research interest is in housing market and policies, particularly in emerging countries. She aims to complete her ACA qualification after graduation to become a qualified Chartered Accountant.


Li Hong Liew

Venue & Logistics Officer

Li Hong is a second-year undergraduate student reading Engineering at University of Cambridge. He was awarded a full scholarship by UEM Group Berhad to complete his course. He is the President of Young Malaysian Engineers (YME), function mainly to encourage young people to take part in and to highlight the relevance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in multiple fields.

Hannah Yong

Branding & Publicity Officer

Hannah is an A*STAR Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Trophoblast Research in Cambridge. Her research interests are in understanding the role of the placenta in driving the physiological adaptations of the mother during pregnancy and investigating the lifelong consequences of a poor environment in the womb.


Yin Jou Khong


Yin Jou is a second-year Engineering PhD student studying semiconductor materials in Electronic Devices & Materials group. He is currently funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship to undertake research on utilising metal oxides to produce novel thin-film devices for applications in large-area electronics, sensors and ubiquitous electronics.

Wen Yao Lee

Founder & Programme Coordinator (2016)

Wen Yao is a 3rd-year Engineering PhD student studying the aerodynamics of jet engines. Before pursuing his PhD, he worked as a system designer in the Future Programmes & Strategy team of Rolls-Royce plc. He is currently working on design methods for high pressure turbine blades and passionate about aviation, propulsion, energy and, sustainability.