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It was in 1997 that the Singapore government first mooted the idea of a third university for Singapore. Then Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Tony Tan believed that the new university should be different from the two established institutions - the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The government wanted SMU to be an experiment in diversity.
Today, SMU is home to around 9,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students and comprises six schools: the School of Accountancy; Lee Kong Chian School of Business; School of Economics; School of Information Systems; School of Law; and School of Social Sciences. SMU offers six bachelor degree programmes in Accountancy, Business Management, Economics, Information Systems Management, Law, and Social Sciences; a Juris Doctor programme and nineteen master programmes in Applied Economics, Applied Finance, Applied Information Systems, Business Administration (MBA), CFO Leadership, Communication Management, etc.
SMU's research vision is be an internationally recognised leader in high-quality research that results in knowledge creation, dissemination, and application in ways that are relevant and responsive to the changing needs of individuals, organisations, and societies. Specifically, SMU aspires to be the leading university in Asia for high-quality research, with a particular emphasis on providing evidence-based solutions derived from insights that cross disciplines, address Asian issues of global relevance, and bridge theory and practice.
A well-round education that challenges perceptions, enriches the mind and sharpens communication skills helps differentiate SMU graduates and gives them a competitive edge in the global marketplace. Already the University has achieved a high degree of recognition in Singapore, Asia and beyond. Today, SMU has over 10,000 undergraduate and postgraduate alumni.
The Office of Global Learning annually plans a series of social and recreational programmes to engage our international students. These activities provide opportunities for integration with the university community and are aimed at enhancing the student experience.
International and exchange students are in for a special treat, as the International Student Experience team at the Office of Global Learning and student group SMU International Connections (SMU ICON) organise events and programmes specially designed to get you acquainted with Singapore and SMU! Most of these programmes are complimentary.
SMU Residences Prinsep
Just a 10-minute walk from campus, this hostel is highly sought-after by international students and is located within close proximity to Little India, Bugis Junction and the National Library.
The hostel provides apartment-style living with a living and dining area, bathroom, 2 single rooms and 2 double rooms. In total, there are 48 individual apartments which accommodate a total capacity of 250 students.
If you prefer private apartments, you can engage the services of property agents to help you with such arrangements. Please note that you would need to pay an agent fee if you engage their services. Housing in Singapore is generally expensive, especially within the city.
The Mrs Wong Kwok Leong Student Wellness Centre is dedicated to providing students with top quality mental health support. This facility provides safe spaces for students to explore and manage their personal lives through attending sessions with our professional counsellors or simply to have a mental repose from the daily rigours of academic life.
Purpose-built over 4.5 hectares of prime Singapore land, SMU's campus is the first of its kind - designed, integrated and constructed in the heart of a fully developed cityscape.
Surrounded by museums, theatres, educational institutions, art galleries, cafés, restaurants and a range of retail outlets, planning and development of the SMU campus involved a broad spectrum of professional, community, civic and public groups who together were intent are on creating a unique city campus directed towards the challenges of the new millennium, and yet connected to the historical origins of this important district.
The gym is located along the concourse under the School of Economics. Opened in Dec 2005, it is by far the biggest and has the most state-of-the-art equipment amongst Singapore institutions. Upgraded in 2010, it has 33 cardio machines, a wide variety of stack-weight machines, free weights, kettle bells, Purmotion equipment, strength bands, sleds, TRX, etc. What's more, each cardio machine is equipped with a programmable touch screen television!
What's more, the gym houses two studios — one for aerobic fitness or dance classes and the other, a Ladies Circuit Express! So move over private gyms, membership at the SMU Gym has its privileges!
The SMU Students' Association, also known as SMUSA, comprises of you!
All full-time matriculated SMU students are automatically a part of the Association.
Through the SMU Students's Association Council, which is the highest student leadership body in SMU, SMUSA represents the interests and welfare of all SMU students.
The highest leadership body of the Students’ Association, the Council is led by the elected President and comprises the Vice President, elected heads of the 8 Departments, 6 School Constituent Bodies (or CBds) and 4 CCA CBds in SMU.
Together, we strive to be an effective body that protects all students' rights and enhances student life in all capacities.
AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education which has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programmes. According to AACSB, among all the institutions offering business degrees across Southeast Asia, SMU is one of only two universities that have earned accreditation in both business and accounting.
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