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Singapore Management University

A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching.

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About Singapore Management University

Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. It is known to be a pioneer in Singapore for its interactive and technologically enabled pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes, which remains its unique hallmark.

With an emphasis on generating rigorous, high-impact, cross-disciplinary research that addresses Asian issues of global relevance, SMU’s faculty collaborates with leading foreign researchers as well as partners in the business community and public sector through its research institutes and centres. Through executive education, the University provides public and customised training for working professionals in meeting the needs of the economy. Close relationships with leading universities, including the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, allow SMU to draw on their academic and research strengths in various collaborations. The SMU city campus is a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of downtown Singapore, fostering strategic linkages with the business and wider community.

The SMU Areas of Excellence

Real-world opportunities and problems are often multi-faceted, which is why SMU adopts interdisciplinary approaches to solve challenges for society through the Areas of Excellence, where the scope goes beyond any research project, school, institute, centre or degree programme.

Each Area of Excellence creates value for a diverse range of stakeholders through integrating multidisciplinary research, teaching & knowledge transfer, and outreach & collaboration.

The organizing themes for the three Areas of Excellence include:

  • Analytics for Business, Consumer and Social Insights
  • Finance and Financial Markets
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Being located in Singapore and the heart of Asia, we apply our knowledge and global perspectives in an Asian context to bridge concepts and provide critical insights into this part of the world. We invite you to explore our works and activities in the SMU Areas of Excellence and beyond.

Academic Programmes

Today, SMU is home to nearly 8,000 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’s degree programmes in Accountancy, Business Management, Economics, Information Systems Management, Law, and Social Sciences; nineteen Master’s programmes in Applied Economics, Applied Finance, Applied Information Systems, Business Administration, CFO Leadership, Communication Management, Executive MBA, Financial Economics, Global Master of Finance Dual Degree, Innovation, IT in Business (Financial Services), IT in Business (Service Sector Analytics), Juris Doctor, Laws, Management, Professional Accounting, Quantitative Finance, Trisector Collaboration, and Wealth Management;; and eight PhD programmes in Business (Finance), Business (General Management), Business (Marketing), Business (Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources), Economics, Information Systems, Psychology, and an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme.

Faculty & Research

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. To achieve this, SMU’s cadre of faculty members is selectively recruited from around the world to advance knowledge in teaching and research, forming an experienced and committed pool of talent. To bring in the wealth of knowledge from the industry, SMU also calls upon successful leaders in business and their professions for their specific expertise to combine academic vigour with hands-on business savvy. 19 research institutes and centres in SMU serve as key interfaces and link knowledge creation, dissemination, and application within the University and beyond.

Global Diversity

International students in SMU come from India, China, ASEAN countries as well as further afield such as Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East, Maldives, Japan and South Korea. They bring into SMU the richness of diversity and cultural vibrancy, creating a learning environment beyond geographical borders and introducing global perspectives. SMU has over 200 partner universities across all the continents of the world for exchange programmes, allowing students to pursue studies abroad for a semester or two.

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