Lancaster University is a collegiate public research university, based in Lancaster, England. The university was established by royal charter in 1964 and is ranked in the top ten of all three UK national league tables. It also received a Gold rating in the UK Government’s inaugural (2017) Teaching Excellence Framework. In 2018, it was awarded University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and in 2020 was named International University of the Year. There are currently over 16,000 students based in the UK, as well as around 4,000 staff. The academic disciplines of the University are separated into four faculties: Arts and Social Sciences; Health and Medicine; Science and Technology; and the Lancaster University Management School. Since 2006, Lancaster University has operated in Malaysia through a strong partnership with Sunway University. Over twenty four dual-award programmes are offered through the partnership in the areas of Accounting; Business & Management; Communications; Computer Science & Information Systems; Digital Film Production; Interior Architecture and Psychology. Following a commitment of both institutions to deepen and broaden the partnership, in 2019 both universities formed the Future Cities Research Institute. The Institute focuses, initially, on two broad themes: Digital Cities and Sustainable Cities, built around existing expertise at Lancaster and Sunway.
A third Theme, Liveable Cities, will be established later. The institute builds on existing strengths in Sunway and Lancaster, such as the Lancaster Environment Centre , complementing the work of the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, and capitalising on Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah’s pioneering leadership in developing sustainable urban environments.