Sunway-Oxbridge Essay Competition to improve English proficiency

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In line with Sunway Group’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to raise standards of education in Malaysian schools, especially in the proficiency of English; Sunway is calling all secondary school students to submit essays on smoking issues starting from 6 July 2014.

This is the inaugural Sunway-Oxbridge Essay Competition jointly organised by Sunway Group, The Oxford & Cambridge Society Malaysia, Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, Sunway University and Monash University Malaysia. This competition is also endorsed by the Ministry of Education Malaysia.

The Sunway-Oxbridge Essay Competition is open to all secondary school students using the Malaysian education syllabus. There are two categories to the competition – Category A for students in Form 1 to Form 3 (aged 13 - 15) and Category B for students in Form 4 to Form 5 (aged 16-17 years old). Under Category A, participants are required to write a 350-word or less on the importance of staying away from cigarettes; while participants in Category B are required to write 650 words or less, on why they believe a smoke-free environment is good for everyone.

Senior Executive Director of Sunway Education Group and Sunway University, Elizabeth Lee said it would be interesting to tap into the minds of young Malaysians on their views towards smoking and how they could influence their peers in their argument about cigarette smoking and its impact.

“Sunway advocates a smoke-free environment in its Sunway-owned buildings in Bandar Sunway and the township aims to be smoke-free by 2018. This year, Sunway Group will start to progressively roll out a comprehensive smoking cessation plan and smoke-free policy to educate its employees of the benefits of a smoke-free environment,” said Lee on the theme of the essay competition.

She added that with this year’s theme, participants will be exposed to current issues and more aware of health concerns which are often overlooked by teenagers.