Sunway University partners UC Berkeley to develop entrepreneurs

Sunway University has signed a partnership agreement with the Sutardja Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) of University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) in Silicon Valley to develop Sunway University’s entrepreneurship programmes.

The partnership, the first for SCET with a Malaysian university, will encourage bi-directional information exchanges, in areas of entrepreneurship and technology between Sunway and SCET.

“With this partnership, our students and faculty will have access to some of the world’s best knowledge, on-campus resources and unprecedented networking opportunities in the heart of Silicon Valley,” said Sunway Education Group senior ED Dr Elizabeth Lee in a statement.

“Sunway University’s development of a robust entrepreneur development ecosystem — from education programmes to its incubator, Sunway Innovation Labs (iLabs), to eventual funding by Sunway Ventures and Sun SEA

Capital is indeed unique, and we look forward to contributing to their ambition to develop world-class entrepreneurs,” SCET founding director Dr Ikhlaq Sidhu said in the same statement.

With the agreement, Sunway University’s faculty and students will be able to collaborate and access SCET’s research projects and training programmes, engage with SCET’s faculty and students, as well as participate in SCET events held in the UC Berkeley campus.

Sunway and Berkeley students will have the opportunity to work together on projects and start-ups.

Annually, SCET will sponsor two visiting students, scholars or professors from Sunway University to be based at the high-end collaboration space in SCET to exchange knowledge and for workshops, such as the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship bootcamp.

Lee and Sidhu represented their respective sides for the partnership signing.

Also present were UC Berkeley College of Engineering assistant dean for international partnerships Anthony St George, Sunway iLabs director Matt van Leeuwen, UC Berkeley Engineering dean Tsu-Jae King Liu and SCET director of global engagement Susan Giesecke. — TMR