Behind The Scenes with Dr Elizabeth Lee


For Dr Elizabeth Lee, Senior Executive Director of the Sunway Education Group and Sunway University, the magic of teaching extends far beyond the classroom and lecture halls- it’s about building gateways for every student’s future.


Ask Dr Elizabeth Lee how her students at Sunway Education Group are doing, and she’ll reel off story after incredible story about their goals, their achievements and the journeys they’ve taken to get there. In the year that’s passed, for instance, there’s Chan Jing Hong – a Sunway University Diploma in Information Technology student who won an Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Scholarship and got to travel to San Francisco. There are also the Sunway students who participated in Sukan Malaysia Sarawak XVIII, winning armfuls of medals for a vast array of sports including swimming, taekwondo, tennis and air pistol shooting, as well as the group of Sunway University volunteers who visited the National Autism Society of Malaysia centre for their community service project, ‘Step Up for Autism’. Perhaps most memorable of all is Dr Lee’s astounding tale of three Sunway students who helped deliver an expectant mother’s baby outside Sunway Pyramid shopping mall in 2015.

Despite the sheer size of Sunway Education Group – its communities including Sunway University, Monash University Malaysia, Sunway College and Sunway International School boast a combined total of over 25,000 students and academic staff – to Dr Lee, every student is far, far more than just a number. As Senior Executive Director of the Sunway Education Group and Sunway University, she believes that each one has enormous potential waiting to be unleashed, provided the opportunities and pathways are there. Of course, being ‘a teacher at heart’ (as she describes herself in her Twitter bio) from the beginning of her career, it’s a view she’s held onto with immense dedication throughout her time in the education industry.


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