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News in 2012

16 May 2012  There's more than one layer to this cake venture

It is not uncommon for naysayers to be critical of best friends starting a business together. Business, after all, deals with money, which many a time strains even familial ties. But long-time friends Robin Pho [an SMU alumnus] and Darryl Lim will tell you that it is not just about bringing in the dough. Their online kueh lapis business, Kue, has seen significant success by receiving rave reviews and acquiring adoring customers - a testament to the strength of their friendship and their sound business ethos.

14 May 2012  A soft Y generation?

SMU alumna Acelyn Ong spoke up on remarks made about Gen Y in Singapore being soft and begs to differ. Acelyn who runs a blogshop Chaceylove, selling ladies apparel, said that she has had her fair share of knocks, facing the challenges of surviving with fierce competition, finding ways to innovate, making sure customers are satisfied and dealing with peer pressure and self-doubt.

13 May 2012  Fifth university must be special and top-notch

SMU’s graduates have a reputation for being more polished and well-spoken, and highly sought after by management consultancy firms and investment banks. Differentiating itself from NUS and NTU, SMU provides quality education that would give students an edge in the job market by adopting an American-style approach in teaching, with students taught in small seminar groups of 40 to 50. To address a common complaint from employers that Singapore graduates do not think on their feet and are afraid to speak up, SMU students are graded for class participation. Employers who received the first batch of SMU graduates said they noted “an SMU difference” and the then Education Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam called SMU “a change agent of the university space” when it turned five.

11 May 2012  Raising entrepreneurship in Singapore

[SMU Alumnus] Clarence Chan, founder of Bandwagon, an online portal for fans of live bands, talked about his passion for live music, how he started his company and what motivated him to do so. Clarence also shared his thoughts on being a young entrepreneur here in Singapore and his vision for this startup.

9 May 2012  68 SMU students went on study mission to Middle East

In an encouraging sign of growing interest in the Middle East markets, SMU will be sending its largest ever group of undergraduates to the Middle East on the bi-annual Business Study Mission (BSM) to the Middle East, which is in its fifth year. The delegation of 68 students will travel from May 7 to May 20, shuttling between United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman. At the close of the study mission, 28 students will embark on their 11-week internships in Middle Eastern companies as well as Singapore companies with business interests in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
Rebecca Lim: If I lower my self-expectations, I'd let down those who trust in me
Mediacorp artiste, Ms Rebecca Lim, 25, is a graduate from SMU. She graduated with an Accountancy degree and a major in Law. She was also a Hockey player in school. Six years ago, she joined Mediacorp and has emerged as one of the top ten most popular female artistes of this year’s star awards, organised by Mediacorp.

3 May 2012  Branding made accessible

Mr Soh Jit Seng, a pioneer of SMU, and Mr Dennis Lee decided to form their own branding firm, Leftfield Concepts, in 2005. Celebrating its seventh year of operations this August, the company counts small and medium enterprises, multinational corporations and listed companies among their clients. Although their company is small, the duo said that ideas and application - and not size - are the ingredients for success.
Preschool kids learn how money works
SMU postgraduate alumna Janet Chia is a co-founder of Kindernomics, which was started about two months ago along with two of her friends to help children make sense of the world around them by teaching them essential economic concepts in simple bite-sized chunks. The programme uses interactive e-books and even has its own automated teller machine “Kinderbank” to teach the children that the ATM is not a free money machine.

12 April 2012  On the road less travelled

[SMU Alumnus] John Tham and his business partner Nicole Lim are the owners of a relatively young business, Traveller International, offering tours to off-the-beaten track destinations. Though the duo may not be earning as much as their fellow graduands, they say their compensation comes in the form of seeing their company progress and grow
Project Hello Stranger
Initiated by SMU student Valerie Ong Si Hui and recent SMU graduate Tham Yining, the voluntary movement named Project Hello Stranger is aimed at spreading the spirit of love and giving among people in Singapore. Their recent activities include a Happy and I Honk It! movement and a High five! activity at Raffles Place which was featured in The Straits Times.

2 April 2012  Not all fun and games for app developer

Many Gen-Y video game aficionados have sweet memories of hand-held games like the Pokemon series, or even the black-and-white Tamagotchi. This reliving of childhood nostalgia is what pushed 27-year-old [SMU alumnus] Sam Yong Zhi to craft PetMonster, a hand-held game harking back to those good old days, but in a renewed incarnation – the smartphone application. Already, PetMonster has garnered more than 10,000 downloads despite being released less than a month ago.

23 March 2012  Designer discounts: Reebonz

SMU business graduate Daniel Lim and NUS real-estate graduate Benjamin Han launched Reebonz in 2009 and today, it is arguably Singapore's best-known designer discount website. They have recently opened a bricks-and mortar retail store, Reebonz Space, a VIP lounge in Clifford Centre.

19 March 2012  Starting Young: The joy of speaking and coaching

SMU Alumni Benjamin Loh's passion for public speaking and coaching drove him to start up a training and consultancy outfit, Speaker's Flare Training and Consultancy. Having participated in Toastmasters competitions and public speaking events before university, he took it to the next level as a teaching assistant for Communications 101 modules at SMU. He also set up a website with the help of a friend who runs a Web design business, alluding to the collaborative start-up culture among youth in SMU.

14 March 2012  Upswing in starting salaries for university graduates

SMU achieved an employment rate of 95.6 per cent last year, with an increase of 3.6 per cent in starting salaries to $3,388, a record high since its first cohort graduated in 2004. NTU graduates saw starting salaries increase by an average of 4.2 per cent to $3,152, while NUS graduates also saw starting salaries rise from an average of $2,970 to $3,112.

13 March 2012  Class of 2011 SMU graduates' salary at record high: survey

The Education Ministry has published the results of the 2011 Graduate Employment survey, which polled 12,998 graduates from the three public-funded universities. Graduates from the Singapore Management University's (SMU) class of 2011 earned an average of S$3,388 a month from full-time employment, a record high since 2004 when SMU's first batch of graduates entered the job market.;
Fresh Graduates got higher starting salary
Despite the economic uncertainty last year, the graduating cohort of 2011 from three local universities saw robust employment and good starting salaries, according to graduate employment surveys released yesterday by the Ministry of Education. The overall employment rate for graduates was at about 91 per cent for NUS, 90 percent for NTU, and 95.6 per cent for SMU. Information systems Management graduates (cum laude and above) at SMU saw the highest median basic monthly pay of S$3,800 and mean basic monthly pay of S$4,057.
Dip in hiring hits SMU's Class of 2011
The Graduate Employment Survey just released by MOE indicated that 95.6% of graduates from SMU’s Class of 2011 found jobs within six months of completing their final examinations. Among NUS graduates, the rate was about 91%, and among NTU graduates, about 90%. SMU graduate Jacintha Tan, now a management associate at Citibank, said that having a well-rounded university experience helped her stand out and land the job.

27 February 2012  The right blend of service and business

SMU graduate Adeline Tan starts a business called LINS Smoodees. It is the first project of The Healing Concierge which promotes holistic and natural living. 'The Healing Concierge is driven by the five senses and total wellness living. It is about natural healing, going back to how our ancestors healed themselves in ancient times,' said the SMU business management graduate, who plans to develop other arms of The Healing Concierge. Before LINS Smoodees, Ms Tan worked in SMU's business incubation development programme at the Business Innovations Generator for five years. It was during her work at SMU mentoring startups that she was prompted to start LINS Smoodees.

13 February 2012  Win-win partnerships in tourism

SMU alumni Chiang Zhan Xiang, founder of Travelmania had won accolades for his inventive spirit. Though both he and Travelmania are young, they had received some affirmation and was commended for his innovation by Second Minister for Trade & Industry S Iswaran at a tourism conference just three months into his venture. Amidst that and praises from SMU mentor Anne Cheng from the Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at SMU, who described him as a 'good business man (with) great business sense' in spite of his youth, he continued to surround himself with entrepreneurs who influence and shape the way he thinks.

9 January 2012  Rebecca the perfect pupil

Actress Rebecca Lim has headlined TV dramas but learns to be down-to-earth like veteran actors. She was a finalist at Miss Singapore Universe 2005, joined MediaCorp after that and studied accountancy at SMU. When ask how she got into acting, she said that she never wanted to be an actor or a model but her family encouraged her to do so. She added that they told her to complete her studies and pushed her to go into acting. “This industry is fickle, so if this doesn't work out, I still have a professional degree,” she said.
Starting Young: Underdogs champion on
What started as a passion has turned into a thriving business for Puppy Love's Kenny Mah [an SMU alumnus] . When Puppy Love, a dog training centre, first introduced the concept of positive reinforcement to the dog training scene in Singapore, many canine trainers did not agree with their methods. Today, Kenny Mah, co-owner at Puppy Love, proudly notes that other trainers have started incorporating positive reinforcement techniques in their training. Puppy Love sees an average of 50 clients a week through private consultations or group training sessions.

News in 2011

17 April 2011  Her aim is to brand her blends

Alumna Adeline Tan talks about her green smoothie business and how she is developing her brand.
Psst! Here's a way to get US work visa
SMU graduate Allen Tan, is comfortable staying on the H-1B1 visa. The technology consultant, who is based in Pennsylvania, first applied for the visa fresh out of Singapore Management University, for an 'extended graduation trip'.

13 April 2011  Betting on life

Actors of local movie The Ultimate Winner prefer to take a gamble on life instead of casino chips. Actress Rebecca Lim, an accountancy graduate from Singapore Management University talks about her choice to become an actress.

12 April 2011  SMU earns accreditation from top professional institution

SMU is one of the youngest universities, and the second university in Singapore after NTU, to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for both its business and accounting undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
SMU earns AACSB accreditation for business, accounting programmes
SMU is one of the youngest universities to be accredited by the AACSB, the oldest and most recognised forms of professional accreditation programmes an institution can receive.

11 April 2011  Tertiary students go online to buy or sell textbooks

Student Tay Wei Kiat and graduate Alvin Poh are among those who have set up online bookstores retailing used texts.

10 April 2011  Social media gaming scene in Singapore

[Information Systems graduates] Keith Ng and Damon Widjaja are behind FameMark, a Facebook game which allows account users to trade virtual shares of real people.

6 April 2011  Would you pay $135 for graduates' night?

A posting on Stomp which had described the ticket price for Graduates' Night at the Marina Bay Sands as “ridiculous” was criticized by SMU graduating students, the majority of whom had picked the venue as their first choice despite being offered less costly alternatives, and had expressed their willingness to pay for a “memorable” and “once-in-a-lifetime experience”.

2 April 2011  Postgraduate law student is potential WP candidate

Postgrad law student Pritam Singh, who studied history and political science at the National University of Singapore and enrolled in the Singapore Management University's Juris Doctor programme, which gives mid-career professionals the chance to do a law degree, in 2009, is a potential Workers' Party candidate.

23 March 2011  Record employment rate for SMU grads

With an almost full employment rate of 99.99 per cent, SMU's 2010 graduates achieved the highest employment rate and average gross monthly salary for all degree programmes across all local universities, excluding medicine and law.
Banner year for SMU graduates in terms of employment and pay
It was a year for SMU's 2010 graduates in terms of employment and pay. Of all the degree programmes, SMU's Information Systems Management graduates topped the salary band, followed by its economics graduates. SMU also announced yesterday that it has launched a new graduate degree in corporate communication, in collaboration with Switzerland's Universitầ della Svizzera Italiana and the UCLA Anderson School of Management in the United States, touted as the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
SMU graduates achieve record employment rate
The 2010 cohort achieved a record employment rate of 99.9 per cent and higher starting salaries across five of the university's degree programmes. It surpasses the performance of the 2009 and 2008 graduates of 96.8 per cent and 95.9 per cent respectively.
Class of 2010: More jobs, better starting pay for grads
Graduates from SMU last year had a record employment rate of 99.9 per cent and higher starting salaries across five of the university's degree programmes, surpassing the performance of graduates in 2009, when 96.8 per cent found employment.

21 March 2011  Three migrant couples speak of their baby plans

Assoc Dean and Assoc Prof (Practice) of the School of Accountancy TheminSuwardy and wife Febrita Suwardy, Manager at the Office of Advancement and Alumni, share how life has changed with their first child, 14-month-old Milla.
SMU Launches SE Asia's First Masters Communication Degree
SMU is launching a new Master in Communication Management degree, believed to be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. The program is offered in collaboration with Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, and the UCLA Anderson School of Management in the US.
SMU launches first ever South East Asia graduate comms degree
In response to the steady demand for senior communication professionals in this region, the SMU launches a new Master in Communication Management. This programme is offered in collaboration with Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano, Switzerland, and their partner, the UCLA Anderson School of Management in the US.

19 March 2011  Looking for fellow travelers

SMU alumni Ethan Lin and John Tham and their business partner NUS alumna Ms Nicole Lim founded Traveller, a year-old tour operator which organises eco-holidays to exotic locales in India, Nepal and Bhutan and is currently residing at SMU's Business Innovations Generator for start-ups.

18 March 2011  Families shed tears of joy as loved ones return from Japan

SMU business graduate Lim Kian Fong returned HOME from Tokyo yesterday. Kian Fong, who won a scholarship for postgraduate studies in Japan and has been working in Tokyo for the past seven months, said said he was lucky to have secured a ticket online to fly home.

14 March 2011  Business schools lacking globalised touch: study

Prof Arnoud De Meyer, president of SMU is part of a task force in putting together a new report released by AACSB which found business schools in general are not doing enough to prepare their students to compete in an increasingly globalised world. He said the report's findings make a strong case for why this is a 'major turning point' in fundamentally changing the way business schools should organise themselves.

19 February 2011  Experiences in Korea

SMU graduate and former President of SMU Ambassadorial Corps Shawn Ho, who went to Seoul for summer exchange in 2010, was interviewed for his experiences in South Korea and how the Korean wave has washed over Singapore.

17 February 2011  Medical Tourism flies high with FlyforSurgery

[SMU graduate] Vijay Vadlamani who co-founded FlyforSurgery with fellow [SMU graduate] Mohit Garg, talks about what it takes to build a global enterprise and give shape to a dream.

15 February 2011  Why paying taxes in Singapore is a breeze

[SMU graduate] Lim Kexin writes jointly with a colleague at PricewaterhouseCoopers that the pace of streamlining tax cost and administration here must not slow down while the world races to catch up.

7 February 2011  Beyond an MBA

Professor Arnoud De Meyer, President of SMU, re-evaluates business education and says an interdisciplinary approach is required for business schools to become schools for business in finding solutions to problems.
SMU launches EMBA programme
The new SMU EMBA is 13-month programme designed to impart deep knowledge and understanding about the engines of growth in Asia, where participants will spend time in Singapore, China, India and the United States.

28 January 2011  Look far, but don’t lose sight of what is near

SMU alumna and first female Valedictorian Lim Kexin, who is brand ambassador for the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore, talks about how she multi-tasks family life, community outreach and her career as senior tax consultant with PwC.

27 January 2011  Tuition agency provides up to 80% subsidy in fees

SMU graduates Tay Lian Soon and Lim Hsi Hao, Deven have set up a private tuition agency called Role Modele which provides highly subsidised fees for lower income households and introduced two different types of teaching methods to students of different aptitudes.

24 January 2011  Internship seals the deal

Recent graduate of SMU, Ng Cai Lin considers some of the unique factors that contribute to the outlook for the art market.

22 January 2011  Internship seals the deal

SMU alumna Joyce Hooi, a Singapore Press Holdings scholar with double degrees in business management and economics, is now a financial journalist with The Business Times and was chosen in 2009 as the paper’s nominee for the Young Journalist of the Year category in the SPH annual awards.

14 January 2011  Graduates set up tuition centre which subsidises poorer kids

Two SMU graduates 29-year-old Zheng Lian Shun and 26-year-old Lin Xi Hao have set up a tuition centre, Role Modele, which offers subsidised tuition to children with a family income of under S$3,500. Monthly fees cost as little as S$16. The two had met while studying business management at SMU.

10 January 2011  Rating plan benefits both charities and donors

In light of NTU's large $150 million donation from the Lee Foundation for their upcoming medical school, the Straits Times reported that most of the donations given to local universities come from smaller cheques made out by thousands of donors, which add up to tens of millions every year. SMU collected an average of $21 million a year from about 250 donors a year over the past three years. This figure does not include donations from alumni. NUS and NTU collected $94 million from 8,010 donors and $26 million from 10,000 donors respectively for the past financial year.

9 January 2011  SMU in the spotlight

The financial crisis turned out to be one real learning experience for the university, its staff and students. SMU President Professor Arnoud De Meyer shares with Money Mind his vision for the university, his thoughts on entrepreneurship, and how the university needs to transform itself from being a business school to a school for business.

5 January 2011  Lee Foundation and its causes

In 2004, it gave $50 million to SMU, which made it the largest private donation to an educational cause at the time. The donation was boosted by the Government, resulting in $200 million going into SMU's endowment fund.
Who decides to name a school after a donor?
The idea of naming a school after a benefactor is common in American universities. The practice first surfaced here when SMU named its business school after the late businessman Lee Kong Chian in 2004, following a $50 million gift from his Lee Foundation. The intention was 'that students to come will emulate the values and character of the late Mr Lee', said SMU.

3 January 2011  New faces on Young PAP committee

[SMU graduate and valedictorian] Lim Kexin was elected to serve as Organising Secretary of the Young PAP executive committee.
Young PAP picks new secretaries
SMU accountancy alumna Lim Kexin, who joined Young PAP since 2006 and is currently chairing its Aljunied GRC and Serangoon division, has been elected organising secretary of the executive committee of the youth wing of PAP.

News in 2010

20 December 2010  The Pupil graduates

[SMU alumna] Rebecca Lim makes her mark in showbiz nabbing Best Drama Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the regional Asian Television Awards for playing the titular role in Channel 5's legal drama The Pupil.

12 December 2010  Polishing A Diamond Till It Shines

[SMU Alumni] Hamidah Aidillah Mustafa, is among 14 young and dedicated Executive Committee members of the Mendaki Club holding prominent positions in their respective industries and willing to sacrifice their time to help Malay/Muslim students achieve success. Hamidah was awarded the SMU Student Achievement Award for her community service work with Mendaki Club during her undergraduate days.

24 November 2010  Pioneer Grad offers green smoothies

LINS Smoodees is a service provided by Adeline Tan's (SMU pioneer alumnus) main business - The Healing Concierge, a non-profit business that provides listings of natural sensory healing therapies.

9 November 2010  Grads set up Asian paintings portal

They may not be artists themselves, but these recent business graduates are already making headway in debunking the myth of the “starving artist”. Ng Cai Lin, 23, and Shannon Lim, 26, who were classmates at SMU, have set up Asia's first community for Asian artists to sell their original works online.

11 October 2010  College mates team up to ‘give back'

Four SMU alumni have set up aidha, a non-profit body, to impart principles of entrepreneurship and money management to foreign maids. Separately, an SMU alumna who is now a senior associate in human resources at the Singapore Exchange spends a good part of her annual leave volunteering as an English teacher in Timor Leste. All five say their commitment to giving back to society started at SMU, which requires its students to log 80 hours of community service before graduating.
Catch the trade winds in your sails
SMU graduate Thenugar Vijakumar, who is on the Juris Doctor programme, recalls her experience as the sole SMU graduate to have undergone three business study missions to Chile, New York and Israel.

7 October 2010  Every success needs a catalyst

SMU's first female valedictorian and Class of 2005 alumna Lim Kexin, now a senior tax consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and a CPA Singapore, is poster girl for the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore talent campaign.

13 September 2010  He spends $100,000 on dream eatery

[SMU alumnus] Pornsak, a TV host for four Chinese variety shows, is now the boss of Thai restaurant, Porn's on Liang Seah Street and shares his learning experiences building the restaurant from the bottom up.

11 September 2010  Floods turn tourists into volunteers

A trekking holiday with a group of friends turned into a volunteer mission when flash floods hit their intended destination in northern India early last month. Ezen Ho, one of the trekkers and an SMU alumni, got the school to email fellow former students, canvassing for donation.

5 September 2010  Ad campaign images provoke

SMU alumnus Khairul Mondzi was part of the creative team which designed the Breast Cancer Foundation's latest ad campaign.

1 September 2010  Former CJ appointed chancellor of SMU

Former chief justice Yong Pung How has been appointed Chancellor of SMU, taking over from former Finance Minister Dr Richard Hu, who has been Chancellor for eight years.
Ex-chief justice is SMU's new chancellor
Former chief justice of Singapore Mr Yong Pung How has been appointed the chancellor of Singapore Management University. The five-year term will see him presiding over all major formal ceremonies involving the university. Mr Yong takes over the SMU post from former finance minister Dr Richard Hu, who was its chancellor for the last eight years.
Former Chief Justice Yong Pung How appointed SMU Chancellor
Former Chief Justice Mr Yong Pung How has been appointed the new Chancellor of SMU from 1 September 2010 for a period of five years, taking over from Dr Richard Hu.

31 August 2010  Fund-raising alumni welcomes new Singapore Universities Trust

SMU alumni Anthony Chang (25 years old), who chairs the Senior Class Gift Committee 2010, shared that they started fund-raising from April this year. Some alumni resisted giving back because they felt the university had enough financial resources or they were unsure of where the contributions would be channelled towards. He pointed out that most hoped the donations would go towards helping needy students and that scholarships can be set up, through the donations, to help students with financial hardship.
Former Chief Justice to be SMU chancellor
Former chief justice of Singapore Yong Pung How has been appointed the chancellor of Singapore Management University. His appointment, for a term of five years, takes effect Wednesday.

30 August 2010  Singapore Universities Trust

SMU alumni Anthony Chang, who chairs the Senior Class Gift Committee 2010, commented that he gave a portion of his salary to SMU upon graduation. He will need more details on how the Singapore Universities Trust works before deciding if he will contribute to this fund but his personal inclination is to donate directly to his alma mater.

28 July 2010  Fund-raising for flood-hit town

Six trekkers, including [SMU alumni Ezen Ho and] five young Singaporeans, who will be trekking in Leh Ladakh in India next month are now raising funds for the town of Leh after it was hit by flash floods earlier this month. They will leave on Sept 10.

12 August 2010  SMU welcomes new president

President-designate Professor Arnoud De Meyer believed SMU is in a good position to become one of the top quality universities in East Asia and 20 years from now, be a model that can influence what other universities will do.
New SMU head's bold vision
Professor Howard Hunter, the third president of SMU, presented his successor, Professor Arnoud De Meyer with the Presidential Chain of Office in a symbolic ceremony during SMU's Convocation last evening to formally enrol this year's batch of 1,700 freshmen. The incoming president takes office on Sept 1 and wants the university to be a pioneer in inter-disciplinary research.
Tying up with foreigners is a plus, say local grads who have done so
Some Singaporean graduates building local start-ups have found that a good first step is to cultivate foreign business partnerships with friends of various nationalities. Singapore Management University alumni Keith Ng, and Damon Widjaja found a business that develops digital platforms and games. Professor Desai Narasimhalu, director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SMU, said that while more students are embarking on business ventures, it is still too early to tell whether foreign and local partnerships are a trend.

22 July 2010  SMU's 7th Commencement

25-year-old Kenneth Cheok, Valedictorian of SMU's Lee Kong Chian School of Business, started a swimming instruction company, The Swim Lab, in his second year of University with two other partners. He will be pursuing his other passion, finance, when he joins DBS Institutional Banking Group at the end of this month, but will stay a silent partner in the company he founded.

21 July 2010  SMU's 7th batch of graduates

SMU celebrated the graduation of more than 1,500 students, the largest to date. In this year's graduate employment survey, nearly 100 per cent of 2009's graduates found jobs within six months of graduation.

11 July 2010  Coming together to catch the World Cup Finals, have fun and witness history in the making

SMU alumni, students and staff will be gathering at the University Lounge to catch the World Cup Finals. SMU alumnus Ezen Ho says she was prompted to join in this after catching one of the earlier matches with friends.

7 July 2010  Perfect shot from the top

A panoramic shot of Niagara Falls helped SMU student Hong Huazheng clinch the Singapore Young Photographer Award. He, along with two other course mates from SMU, also recently started Flagship Creatives, a commercial photography business in Maxwell Road.

1 July 2010  50 most inspiring women under 40

She makes juggling work and volunteerism seem so effortless. It is no surprise the World Bank has made SMU's first female valedictorian Lim Kexin one of Singapore's emerging leaders. She is a senior tax consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a community and youth advocate.

15 June 2010  Grad trips now a rite of passage

Graduation trips have become a must for freshly minted degree holders, who see them as a rite of passage ahead of starting their careers. Singapore Management University finance graduates Lim Rong Jie spent a week in China and Olivia Chiu is travelling in Europe and US.
Helping business deal with social development issues
Final-year student Aye Kyithar Swe from Myanmar writes about how her past three and a half years in SMU have shown her that education outside the classroom adds immense value to the learning process of a tertiary student and how her interest in development work was identified.

5 June 2010  Why SMU students signed the oath

Three MBA graduates from SMU's pioneer batch Eshwari Shunmuganathan, Chan Ching Hwee – who spearheaded the drive for signatories among his coursemates - and Yvonne Ho speak about why they signed the MBA oath.
New MBA graduates promise to 'do no harm'
So far, more than 3,100 MBAs from more than 300 schools around the world are signatories, and more are expected to join during the year. At the Singapore Management University, 25 students who graduated last December signed the oath.

26 May 2010  Challenges facing Asian thought leaders

Mr Ho Kwon Ping, Chairman of the SMU Board of Trustees, argued in his speech at the inaugural 2010 Asia Regional Conference of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) held in Singapore that Asian thought leaders – including academics – need to proactively create an entire value values system rooted in the symbols and fables of their own cultural traditions.

11 May 2010  Leadership devt institute launched

The Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) was officially launched yesterday to help meet growing demand from global companies for talent strategies tailored for an Asian context. HCLI is a partnership between Singapore Management University and the Ministry of Manpower.

26 April 2010  Small gaming firm with big dreams

Tyler Projects [set up by SMU alumnus Leonard Lin and two friends Ng Tian Yang and Ronnie Neo] does not crave to be the number one gaming company. It aims to be influential enough to change the social gaming scene altogether.

6 April 2010  90% of grads found jobs within 6 months

According to the Graduate Employment Survey, most university graduates last year secured full-time permanent jobs within six months of leaving school despite the bleak economic conditions. Graduates from SMU’s economics and accountancy programmes were largely recession-proof and those from the School of Information Systems earned the highest mean monthly salary of about S$3,450.

19 January 2010  Cambridge biz school director to be new SMU head

The Singapore Management University (SMU) has appointed the current director of Cambridge University's Judge Business School, Professor Arnoud De Meyer, as its new president.
Gearing up to be an Asian giant
The Singapore Management University (SMU) has appointed the current director of Cambridge University's Judge Business School, Professor Arnoud De Meyer, as its new president.
SMU appoints old S'pore hand as new president
Professor Arnoud De Meyer has spent four years in Singapore as the founding dean of Insead's Asia campus from 1999 to 2002. Currently director of Cambridge University's Judge Business School, the Belgian returns in September to take office as SMU's fourth president. Professor Howard Hunter who has served as SMU's president for six years, will continue as a Professor of Law, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as providing mentorship to the faculty at SMU.
SMU President to hand over end August
SMU President, Professor Howard Hunter, who is 63, will step down from his position at the end of August. The current dean of the Judge Business School at Cambridge University, Professor Arnoud De Meyer, will take over as the new President from 1 September.

18 January 2010  More than just jobs the grads get

In his speech delivered on the occasion of SMU's 10th Anniversary Celebration, Mr Ho Kwon Ping, chairman of SMU's Board of Trustees paid tribute to then-Deputy Prime Minister and Minister-in-Charge of Higher Education Dr Tony Tan, for having been the visionary behind the university. Mr Ho also called for the university to measure its success beyond conventional quantifiable measures.
'We both act for a living'
SMU alumna Rebecca Lim and Juris Doctor graduate student Vadi PVSS takes on roles as lawyers in MediaCorp TV Channel 5's latest courtroom drama, The Pupil.
Professor Arnoud De Meyer to step down as director of Cambridge Judge Business School
Professor Arnoud De Meyer, director of Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, will become president of SMU from 1 September 2010.
De Meyer quits Judge for Singapore
Professor Arnoud De Meyer, director of the Judge Business School at Cambridge University, is quitting to become president of SMU.
Judge loses dean to Singapore
Professor Arnoud De Meyer is to step down as director of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge this summer after just four years in the job, to become president of SMU.

16 January 2010  SMU celebrates 10th year

SMU celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday with a night of student performances and an exhibition showcasing life on campus. Some 1,200 guests, including President S R Nathan, Education Minister Ng Eng Hen and SMU board of trustees chairman Ho Kwon Ping, graced the occasion.
Dr Tony Tan gave them autonomy, that's why SMU can be different
Speaking at the 10th anniversary celebrations of SMU, Chairman Ho Kwon Ping pays tribute to former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of Higher Education Dr Tony Tan.
Entering SMU allowed them to blossom
SMU's first batch of graduates Rich Ho, his wife Katharine Chong and Frodine Lee speak about their experiences as pioneers of the new university.

15 January 2010  SMU celebrates 10th anniversary

SMU turns 10 this year, and it hopes to build on its successes as it celebrates a decade of achievements. It started off as the first government-funded private university, and over the years, it has groomed business leaders and creative entrepreneurs who have made their mark in Singapore and abroad.
Ten years of nurturing
Mr Ho Kwon Ping, Chairman of the SMU Board of Trustees, hopes to build SMU into a truly great university able to impact and influence Singapore and society, as well as set the tone for national values and perspectives.
Strengthening postgraduate education
Enhancing postgraduate education and faculty research will be the emphasis of SMU in the coming years in order to elevate it to a great university.

11 January 2010  Seeing the world in a new light

Felicia Yeoh and Dennis Wee discuss how MBA classes helped them to venture beyond their comfort zones.

9 January 2010  Legal wrangles

Starring in Channel 5's new legal drama, The Pupil, are SMU alumna Rebecca Lim who majored in business law for her accountancy degree and Juris Doctor graduate student Vadi PVSS.

5 January 2010  Monitoring social media important for managing corporate reputation

Monitoring social media important for managing corporate reputation

Practice Assistant Professor Michael Netzley and [SMU alumnus] Anshul Jain, chief executive officer of ThoughtBuzz commented the need for organisations to think of new strategies to cope with the growing popularity of social media websites.

News in 2009

21 May 2009  Wedding hongbao goes to charity

Having known what hardship is holding down part-time jobs while at university, two SMU alumni who tied the knot yesterday in a simple solemnisation and tea ceremony on the grounds of their alma mater, have donated their wedding hongbaos to the ST School Pocket Money Fund.

02 May 2009 Desert Diplomacy

Wong Wai Hon, International graduate for priority banking, Standard Chartered, talks about life as an expatriate Singaporean in Dubai. He founded the SMU Alumni Chapter in Dubai in 2008 and has helped two student groups acclimatise to the culture of Dubai.

11 April 2009 Varsities keen to click with alumni

In June, SMU will launch its social networking website for alumni to keep in touch with one another and the university. It is hoped that a stronger sense of belonging will encourage more to give back to their alma mater.

07 April 2009 Grads flexible about salaries

Graduating students such as SMU business management undergraduate Wang Wei Xiang and marketing graduate Desiree Koh, who turned up at the opportunity fair organised by Young NTUC, have indicated they will be flexible when it comes to their starting pay.

06 April 2009 She's an unsung hero on a mission

26-year-old SMU graduate Shereen Aziz-Williams was the first Singaporean to be presented the Uthman Dan Fodio Award for Excellence in Community Development at the Muslim News Excellence Awards in London on 30 March.

05 April 2009 Cheaper than opening a shop

[SMU graduate] Sarah Yip started a business selling Singapore-made messenger bags with $50,000 of her savings.

04 April 2009 It pays to do econs at SMU

In the latest Graduate Employment Survey, last year, economics graduates from the Singapore Management University received average starting salaries of S$4,164 per month. That's a shade above the S$3,971 earned by business graduates at the NUS Business Administration honours graduates.
Most graduates still landing jobs
One of the most stellar performances in the latest Graduate Employment Survey (GES) comes from SMU economics graduates, who scored full overall employment rate. Wage-wise, SMU graduates are also ahead of their NTU and NUS peers.

03 April 2009 SMU economics graduates top earners among cohort in 2008

In the latest Graduate Employment Survey, last year, economics graduates from the Singapore Management University received average starting salaries of S$4,164 per month.
Which grads earn the most?
Fresh graduates from SMU's economics degree programme are among the best paid in their peer group, with a median starting salary of $3,300. Those with distinctions fare even better, with a corresponding starting salary of $3,750.

01 April 2009 New job offers for unemployed PMETs

Singapore Management University has launched a new Business Advisors Programme where jobless professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) will provide full-time management expertise to SMEs in short term projects.

28 March 2009 Finally, you can loosen your purse strings

SMU graduate Hozen Yong is the proud owner of Maestro Guitars, a homegrown brand that has been dubbed “cheap and good”.
Jobless? Be an SME adviser
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which need expert advice in these trying times - but cannot afford it - can now turn to the inaugural Business Advisers Programme (BAP), launched by the Singapore Management University (SMU) on Friday.

27 March 2009 I was a teen rebel

SMU alumni Pornsak Prajakwit, 27, shares how his mentor and “fairy godmother” – SMU Practice Assistant Professor Margaret Chan – had encouraged him to host various campus events and it was then he discovered an interest in hosting.

23 March 2009 Grads think outside the box to create own job opportunities

Final year SMU finance and marketing students Casimir Chia is cobbling together enough money to set up a travel planning company with a couple of second year undergraduates.
The lucky ones: Accountancy students who already have jobs
Some accountancy graduates have multiple offers, like SMU student Ashley Gan who received three offers but eventually chose the company she interned with last year.
Grad expectations not so great now
Instead of a job in banking, SMU finance and management student Keith Punzalan intends to apply for a management post with biotechnology firms to take advantage of the up-and-coming biotech and renewable energy sectors.

20 March 2009 Alumni idea to woo foreign students pays off

SMU was named 'Best Host for International Students Studying in Singapore - Schools' at the Singapore Tourism Board's annual Singapore Education Awards ceremony, held last night at Raffles Hotel.

19 March 2009 US-style law degree at SMU

Graduates seeking to become lawyers in a career switch can now do an American-style law degree at SMU. SMU law school dean Michael Furmston said yesterday that with the new Juris Doctor programme, 'SMU will be able to groom talent from a wider sphere of expertise who show competence and aptitude to be good lawyers'.

13 March 2009 Grants for 1 in 8 new SMU students

One in eight SMU students starting school this year will receive a scholarship – due in part to the generosity of other students and alumni.
27 year-old pledges $100K to help students
Final-year Business Management student Lawrence Kim has four weeks to go before he graduates from SMU but he has already pledged more than S$100,000 to help students.
Undergraduate pledges $100K to help students
Final-year SMU undergraduate Lawrence Kim has already pledged more than S$100,000 to help student entrepreneurs.
Student and benefactor
SMU undergraduate Lawrence Kim donated $17,500 to fund a new Kim's Entrepreneur Scholarship and book prize for SMU students – making this the single largest contribution to SMU by an undergraduate.
Undergraduate pledges to help student entrepreneurs
27-year-old SMU undergraduate Lawrence Kim, who is due to graduate in four weeks, has pledged more than $100,000 to help student entrepreneurs.
Money-driven gamer
[SMU graduate] Game developer Leonard Lim, one of the three co-founders of Tyler Projects, sees himself more as a “traditional Chinese businessman” and eschews comparisons between him and an entrepreneur.

News in 2008

December 2008 Dudes In The Hood – The Walking Political Encyclopedia

SMU Business Management alumni Kaushal Dugar, an Indian national living and working in Singapore, probably knows more about the political system than most locals.

22 August 2008 Giving back: Not by money alone, says SMU

Wong Hur Ming, President of the SMU Alumni Association, explains that while each graduating class gives a senior class gift, individual alumni also make donations to create scholarships.

07 March 2008 More than just numbers

KPMG scholar and SMU graduate in accountancy and law Kathy Lin credits SMU's lesson structure for her seamless transition from classroom to working life. She continues to play for her alumni netball club.

29 January 2008 4 SMU students receive new scholarships on SMU Patron's Day

Nguyen Tue Vy, Serene Ser, Teoh Pei Ying and Wilson Lim Yong Ming receive news scholarships totalling $13,000 set up from funds by SMU alumni and undergraduates.
4 SMU students receive scholarships from alumni and fellow schoolmates
Although SMU is 8 years old, accomplished alumni and current students have long displayed a strong spirit of repaying the university by helping to set up scholarships to support their younger schoolmates through university.

News in 2007

26 December 2007 Back to campus for Christmas day wedding

SMU alumni Joshua Chua and Bijun Chan, who met and studied at SMU, returned to the SMU campus at Bras Basah Road for their Christmas Day wedding.
Bride and Bridegroom fulfill their wish to marry on Christmas Day
SMU alumni Joshua Chua and Bijun Chan met while studying at SMU. Yesterday, they celebrated their solemnisation ceremony with about 70 relatives and friends at the SMU campus.

23 October 2007 Social enterprises - the answer to true happiness?

SMU alumni Shashank Nigam writes that living in Boston has a number of upsides. One of them is the opportunity to meet world-renowned luminaries such as Dr Mohammad Yunus, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Grameen bank.

September 2007 To Alumni or Not?

All graduates awarded an undergraduate or postgraduate degree(s) from SMU are eligible to apply for the SMU Alumni Association (SMUAA) Ordinary membership. Two member plans are available to SMU Alumni: Silver and Gold at affordable prices.

22 March 2007 SMU faculty and student pool in money for scholarship fund

The SMU Alumni Scholarship Fund is 80% on its way to the $100,000 target amount

News in 2006

21 August 2006 Banding together to give back to the community

In his National Day Rally speech, PM Lee Hsien Loong said he was encouraged by projects started by universities and their alumni, such as SMU accountancy graduate Darren Lim.
Alumni who gives back
Darren Lim feels the donation towards the scholarship is the best way to show his appreciation to his parents and SMU.
SMU graduate Darren Lim sets up scholarship
Darren Lim will donate to this scholarship in perpetuity as long as he is fetching an income.

03 July 2006 It pays to join an alumni club

The SMU Alumni Association offers two scholarships sponsored by OCBC and valued at $10,000 each for needy students.

June 2006 Stock answers

SMU student Lee Chin Ser and her two team mates recently beat 57 teams from all four local universities to win a stock analysis competition.

News in 2005

21 July 2005 SMU valedictorian pursues education and social work

Every minute of Ms Lim Ke Xin's time in SMU is filled with activities. In addition to the demands of studies, much time is devoted to activities like social work and giving back to the community.
Sickly once, she creates ripples
23-year-old Lim Ke Xin took to the stage as SMU valedictorian and made a bold promise: SMU alumni will one day be Cabinet members.
Yesterday's poster girl is today's model SMU graduate
Best remembered for her back-arching pose, Ms Elsie Lin graduated with summa cum laude and snagged eight of the 11 accountancy awards.

20 February 2005 Who says I'm a wild child?

Third-year SMU undergraduate Lavinia Tan is featured in the E-mail Interview on clinching her gig as Discovery Travel & Living's new Asian host for Globe Trekker.

17 February 2005 Bright job outlook for grads

100% employment for SMU's new grads; more firms take part in job fairs at NUS, NTU.
SMU scores with all graduates finding jobs within 6 months
A full 100 per cent of SMU's graduates found work within six months of graduating, with more than half securing a job before graduating.
SMU graduates land jobs within 6 months
The first patch of SMU graduates all found jobs within 6 months of graduation.