Renowned Malaysian tycoon and philanthropist, Sir Dr Jeffrey Cheah KBE AO, founder and chairman of the esteemed Sunway Group, has recently been honoured with the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by His Majesty King Charles III of the United Kingdom.
This distinguished accolade is a testament to Cheah’s outstanding contributions to higher education, healthcare services, and philanthropy.
Sir Dr Jeffrey Cheah – A Historic Recognition
In an unprecedented move, Sir Dr Jeffrey Cheah became the second Malaysian citizen to be awarded an honorary knighthood, with the distinction being the first bestowed by King Charles III.
This historical acknowledgement underlines Cheah’s unparalleled commitment to societal development and global collaboration.
Jeffrey Cheah Foundation: Nurturing Education and Philanthropy
As the founder and trustee of the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, Cheah oversees a not-for-profit structure that governs all entities within the Sunway Education Group.
The foundation has dedicated over MYR 670 million (approximately US$150 million) in scholarships to support deserving students and has endowed chairs and professorships in esteemed institutions globally, including Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, and MIT.
International Educational Collaborations
Sir Dr Jeffrey Cheah’s commitment to education extends beyond national borders.
Through successful partnerships, he has fostered affiliations with prestigious institutions such as Lancaster University, the Royal College of Physicians, Chevening Awards, ACCA, and ICAEW, solidifying educational ties between Malaysia and the United Kingdom.
In the realm of healthcare, Sir Dr Cheah’s collaboration between Sunway Group and the University of Cambridge has seen the Sunway Medical Centre rise as a Regional Site Partner of the Cambridge University Clinical Research Centre.
A Year of Triumphs
The honorary knighthood adds another jewel to Sir Dr Jeffrey Cheah’s illustrious career.
In 2023, he was also awarded the Ernst & Young (EY) ASEAN Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, recognizing his entrepreneurial vision and leadership, propelling Sunway Group to become a leading conglomerate in the ASEAN region since its inception in 1974.
Global Recognition and Commitment to Sustainability
Cheah’s global impact is evident through the 2008 appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) by the Australian Prime Minister, highlighting his efforts in strengthening educational ties between Malaysia and Australia.
His dedication to nation-building and sustainability is further underscored by 12 honorary doctorates from leading universities worldwide, including Universiti Malaya, and being named four times as Forbes Asia’s Hero of Philanthropy.
Sir Dr Jeffrey Cheah’s knighthood stands as a symbol of his unwavering dedication to education, healthcare, and philanthropy on a global scale.
His transformative leadership continues to shape the future, fostering collaboration and positive change across borders.