national Network
Region: Asia & Pacific

SDSN Malaysia, hosted by Sunway University and established in 2013, mobilizes its members in Malaysia and leverages their strengths to help realize the SDGs. Key focus areas include hosting its flagship National Solutions Forum to spotlight its members and the country’s most innovative solutions, creating a state and district-level SDG dashboard for key stakeholders, and fostering collaboration around education for sustainable development in Malaysia and the region.

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The Network Convenes Youth Leaders Around SDG 3-focused Projects

SDSN Malaysia convened a group of youth leaders from Sunway University to implement SDG-related projects. SDSN Malaysia Youth’s main solutions-building effort focuses on SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, particularly the indicator on promoting mental wellbeing. In 2022, a participatory public art experience Wall of Kindness initiative received over 240 handwritten notes. In April 2023, a campus postcard delivery service engaged over 480 staff and students to pen heartfelt messages to students and colleagues on kindness cards, which were then hand-delivered. These projects represent solutions initiatives delivered directly to the target population.

Dashboard Supports Decision-makers With Tracking SDG Progress

An SDG dashboard at the district-level was publicly launched September 7, 2023. The dashboard further disaggregates SDG progress tracking for Malaysia, providing decision-makers with a snapshot of SDG progress at the district level. The data powering the dashboard is publicly available from the Malaysian Department of Statistics. Sharing sessions on the district-level dashboard have been carried out with public universities, state institutions, national media, government departments, a parliamentary body, and foreign researchers.

The Network Participates in Inaugural Regional Solutions Forum

SDSN Malaysia was selected to participate in the inaugural Asia-Pacific Solutions Forum hosted by SDSN in Sunway City, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The solution featured was Life Origin, a sustainable protein start-up. This solution presents a unique model of start-ups, which incorporate insect biofuel research from multiple SDSN Malaysia members into a commercial product.

SDSN Malaysia Network Members

Organization Country Network Sector
Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) Malaysia Malaysia Research Institution
Penang Institute Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Sunway University Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Universiti Utara Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
University Malaysia Sabah Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Universiti Malaya Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Centre for Environment, Technology & Development, Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia Non-Governmental Organization
Center for Fundamental and Liberal Education, University Malaysia of Terengganu Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Manipal International University Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Pulau Banding Foundation Malaysia Malaysia Research Institution
Social Innovation Movement Association Malaysia Malaysia Non-Governmental Organization
National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute),Research Institution
Islamic Banking & Finance Institute Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia Non-Governmental Organization
University of Nottingham Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Institute for Poverty Research and Management (InsPeK), Universiti Malaysia Kelantan Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Sarawak Tropical Peat Research Institute (TROPI) Malaysia Malaysia Government Agency
Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Universiti Putra Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)
Taylor's University Malaysia Malaysia University (Department/Institute)

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Jeffrey Cheah

  • Founder and Chairman Sunway Group and Chair, SDSN Malaysia
  • Sunway University

Karen Chand

  • Director, Education Studies; Co-Network Manager, SDSN Malaysia
  • Education Studies

Phui Yi Kong

  • Research Analyst, Education Studies
  • Education Studies

SDSN Focal Point

Gautham Varada Narayan

  • Manager, Asia Pacific Networks
  • Networks Program