UC Berkeley Sutardja Center forms partnership with Sunway University

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From left to right:  Anthony St. George, assistant dean for international partnerships, University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering; Matt van Leeuwen, director of Sunway iLabs; Elizabeth Lee, senior executive director, Sunway Education Group; Tsu-Jae King Liu, dean, UC Berkeley Engineering; Susan Giesecke, director of global engagement, UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology; and Ikhlaq Sidhu, director, UC Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology
From left to right: Anthony St. George, assistant dean for international partnerships, University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering; Matt van Leeuwen, director of Sunway iLabs; Elizabeth Lee, senior executive director, Sunway Education Group; Tsu-Jae King Liu, dean, UC Berkeley Engineering; Susan Giesecke, director of global engagement, UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology; and Ikhlaq Sidhu, director, UC Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology

UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, or SCET, signed a partnership agreement with Malaysian institute Sunway University on Monday to help develop Sunway University’s entrepreneurship programs.

Signed at the University of California, Berkeley by SCET founding director Ikhlaq Sidhu, Sunway Education Group’s senior executive director Elizabeth Lee and director of Sunway iLabs Matt van Leeuwen, the agreement represents the first time SCET has partnered with a Malaysian university.

“The partnership is an impactful milestone for Sunway University in its aim to develop world-class entrepreneurs that will bolster the sustainable economic development of Malaysia,” Lee said in a press release. “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.”

Sunway University will have access to a collaboration space at UC Berkeley, and Sunway’s students and faculty will be able to participate in SCET events at UC Berkeley as well as collaborate on SCET research projects.

“Sunway University’s development of a robust entrepreneur development ecosystem — from education programs to its incubator, Sunway iLabs, to eventual funding by Sunway Ventures and Sun SEA Capital is indeed unique,” said Sidhu. “We look forward to contributing to their ambition to develop world-class entrepreneurs.”

Additionally, the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, or BMoE, will be taught to Sunway students and faculty. Sunway students will also have the opportunity to work with Berkeley students on projects and to start companies together.

“Our students will have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning courses and workshops, using the latest teaching methods from one of the best universities in the world when it comes to entrepreneurship and technology education — all of which will help them achieve their ambitions to be game-changing entrepreneurs and innovators,” said Lee.

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