Achievements & Accolades

Of the Sunway University students AWARDED first class honours in 2020


are FIA & FIST Alumni
More than


graduates qualified for Jeffrey Cheah ACE Scholarship


graduates progressed into university

About Sunway Foundation Programme

Sunway Foundation Programmes (SFP) consist of Foundation in Arts (FIA) and Foundation in Science and Technology (FIST). Both programmes are designed to enable students to set personal and academic goals and to identify their individual talents. It also develops social responsibility through community involvement and participation in extracurricular activities.  Students will be equipped with technical and soft skills necessary to be resourceful and successful in higher studies and enterprising in their careers.

Holistic education that guides students to a balanced world view, as well as to a better understanding of social issues and world affairs
Wide variety of subjects for different interests and strengths to develop confidence in own ability
Diversity of experienced educators from different industries that incorporate experience collected into teaching
Student support system that provides academic guidance, supported by Programme Advisors

Entry Requirements

Foundation in Arts (FIA)​:
Passed SPM, O-Level or equivalent with minimum (5) credits.
Passed UEC with minimum three (3) subjects with Grade B.

Foundation in Science and Technology (FIST)​:
Passed SPM, O-Level or equivalent with minimum (5) credits including Mathematics and two (2) Science subjects.
Passed UEC with minimum three (3) subjects with Grade B including Mathematics and two (2) Science subjects.


January, April, July, September

Programme Structure

Sunway Foundation Programme runs over 3 semester.

Assessment and Examination

  • 50% coursework (quizzes, projects, topic reviews, investigations, assignments and presentations)
  • 50% examination

Sunway Foundation Programme practises the blended learning approach which combines face-to-face instruction and self-directed learning via an e-learning platform and the internet. Teaching and learning happens through a dual-mode approach. With this approach students are advised to bring their own electronic devices i.e. laptop or tablet.

Choice of Subjects
Students are to complete 13 subjects. Core Units and Enrichment Subjects are compulsory.

  • Core Units: Involves Mathematics and English subjects aiming to build strong foundation in Mathematics application skills and academic research writing. 
  • Enrichment Subjects: Broadens students’ general knowledge; develops their critical thinking skills through an understanding of individuals, groups and events influencing the world around them.

Foundation in Arts (FIA)
Besides completing all Core Units and Enrichment Subjects, students are also required to select a minimum 4 Elective Subjects

  • Communication: Audience and Context
  • Language and Communication
  • Language and Knowledge
  • Contemporary Business Mathematics
  • Mathematical Techniques and Analysis
  • Statistical Techniques or Contemporary Creative Expression (Film as Art)*
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Culture: Art & Expressions
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Accounting Processes and Reports
  • Introduction to Accounting Techniques
  • Introduction to Advertising
  • Introduction to Business: Management and Marketing
  • Introduction to Business: World of Finance
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Microeconomics: Concepts and Models
  • Macroeconomics: The Global View
  • Social Media in the New IT World
  • Travel and Cuisine
  • Calculus*
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Mathematics for Actuarial Studies

* Please consult programme advisors for selection of this unit.

Foundation in Science & Technology (FIST)
Besides completing all Core Units and Enrichment Subjects, students area also required to select a minimum 6 Elective Subjects

  • Academic Writing Skills
  • English Language for Scientists
  • ICT Application Skills
  • Statistics for Scientists
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Science and Ethics
  • Scientific Revolutions

Technical Sciences

  • Basic Computer Concepts
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Mathematics for Scientists (Compulsory)
  • Principles of Electrical Science*
  • Principles of Mechanical Science
  • Technical Mathematics
  • Introduction to Renewable Energy

Life Sciences

  • Basic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Biology*
  • Principles of Cell Biology
  • Principles of Chemistry*
  • Safety Health and Environment
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Food Science

* Completion of prerequisite is needed before pursuing this subject. Please consult programme advisors.

For more information on the Sunway Foundation Programme, refer to:

Testimonials & Alumni

Ko Chia Huey

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance,
Sunway University

First Class Honours • Scholastic Award • FIA Special Scholarship Recipient • FIA Academic Excellent Award. Dell Champion Award for 2 years in a row as a top performer in the company

Don't think outside the box, think like there is no box. Sunway Foundation in Arts (FIA) has taught me to be creative, innovative and proactive. These three lessons have brought me to where I am today! From classes to field trips, assignments to exams, you will have to juggle between so many tasks, but I assure you, your time spent in FIA will be the most memorable and amazing experience in your learning journey.

Chloe Tee

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance,
Sunway University

First Class Honours

As a recent valedictorian of the Sunway Foundation Programme, an exciting career pathway awaits. None of that would have happened if I did not land my feet at the door of the Sunway Foundation Programme (SFP). SFP taught me lessons beyond academic – the importance of finding balance between study & doing things we love, the beauty of building genuine relationships, and most significant of all, the greatness in believing we can all achieve wonderful things. Sunway Foundation Programme has truly been a home to me, a place with its people I will never forget.

Nihaal Gill Jagraj Singh

FIST student

The Foundation In Science & Technology (FIST) programme has been an amazing programme that has completely exceeded my expectations of what a foundation would be. The lecturers are very interactive and have helped me greatly throughout my development journey, not only as a student but as a well-rounded individual determined to make a positive impact on the world. This programme o ers many opportunities for future degrees in the elds of IT & Science, and has helped me become the person I am today.


FIST Alumni

My experience with the Sunway Foundation in Science and Technology (FIST) programme was life changing. Not only was I able to affirm my passion and interest for the workings of the human mind, it also aided my self-confidence, socialising ability, and passion for educating. My lecturers’ encouragement in the present day still keeps me going. FIST helps prepare students for their future, both academically and mentally. I’m truly glad to have pursued this programme.

Raenuga Indran

BSc (Hons) Psychology, Sunway University

Achievement and Contribution
  • Strong advocate for Sustainable Goals which mainly includes Quality Education and Climate Action
  • Jeffrey Cheah Foundation Scholarship (Pre-University & Degree)
  • Sunway Extracurricular Achiever Award
  • President of Sunway Student Ambassadors
  • Event Organising Chairperson for Sunway’s Got Talent Season 3
  • Operations Associate for the Harvard Project for Asian and Internationals Relations (HPAIR)
  • Offline Marketing Associate for Glimpse of Malaysia

Kaartiik A/L Vijayan

BSc (Hons) in Computer Science,
Sunway University

Achievement and Contribution
  • AVOWS Algo League 2019
  • BMW Shorties 2017 competition
  • Lancaster Summer Programme 2018

Koh Mei Quen

Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons), Sunway University

Achievement and Contribution

  • Combat Robot Malaysia 2019 - Top 14
  • #codeathon 2017: Technopreneurship for Gender Equality
  • Lancaster Summer Programme July 2018 – August 2018 • Peer Assisted Learning Programme (PALP) March 2018 – March 2019
  • Peer Leader
  • Sunway University Ensemble 2016 -2017 • Certifications - Certified Professional in Requirements Engineering (CPRE) Foundations Level 2019

Ajnish Ghimire

Final year of BSc (Honours) Medical Biotechnology degree, Sunway University

Achievement and Contribution
  • His research “Invertebrates living in polluted environment are potential source of anti-tumor molecules (2019)” target to find novel anticancer molecules for the benefit of society
  • Working as a Pioneer of “Project – HOPE: One Child, One Donor’ sponsorship program of Solidarity International, NGO from Nepal
  • Project Coordinator of “Project BAG (Jhola)” – A bag for every child in Nepal through Solidarity Nepal, An NGO recognized by the Government of Nepal from 2019
  • Circulating the flow of information of projects carried out by INGO to members and partner organizations since December 2018

  • SFP graduates are able to choose their degree of choice from a wide range of degree programmes at Sunway University.
  • Over 80% of SFP graduates are eligible for the Jeffrey Cheah ACE Scholarship.
  • 48% of Sunway University’s First Class Honours graduates are SFP alumni.

SFP graduates are currently employed at:

Sunway University
BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance
Current Employer: Khazanah Nasional Berhad
Avryl Ooi Wan Cheen

Sunway University
BSc (Hons) in Communication
Current Employer: Chanel
Bridget Lim Cher Yee

Sunway University
BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance
Current Employer: Axiata Group
Chloe Tee

Sunway University
BSc (Hons) Business Studies
Current Employer: Sunway Pals
Darren Khaw Teng Chern

Sunway University
BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Studies
Current Employer: Actuarial Partners Consulting
Foo Hui Shee

Sunway University
BSc (Hons) in Actuarial Studies
Current Employer: Hannover Re (Reinsurer)
Foo Hui Sze

Sunway University
BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance
Current Employer: Dell Technologies
Ko Chia Huey

Sunway University
BSc (Hons) in Communication
Current Employer: M&C Saatchi
Sharifah Aliah Bt Syed Alwi Alhabshi

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