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.
Home to around 10,000 undergraduates and postgraduates, SMU comprises six schools:
SMU offers a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degree programmes in the disciplinary areas associated with the six schools, as well as in interdisciplinary combinations of these areas.
SMU has an emphasis on generating rigorous, high-impact, and relevant multi-disciplinary research that addresses Asian issues of global relevance, SMU faculty collaborate with leading international researchers and universities from USA, Europe, China and India as well as with partners in the business community and public sector, through its research institutes, centres and labs.
The Dato' Kho Hui Meng Career Centre (DKHMCC) works with students to map out career preparation and management strategies. Through internships and a comprehensive range of training programmes, we help students make informed decision as well as maximise their employment opportunities.
In addition, we provide students with the finishing touches to the whole preparatory process through internship programme and career skills, so that they can make informed choices and maximise their employment opportunities. Some of the services students can look forward to include:
SMU Prinsep Street Residences (PSR) is an innovative communal living concept for young studying adults - our answer to the millennial’s desire for open spaces of living and interaction.
PSR has 23 fully-furnished, modern apartments spread across three interconnected blocks in a lush green setting that can house up to 255 students.
Each brightly painted, 12-bedded apartment comes with a suite of amenities - including personal wardrobes, private study desks and air-conditioning, while common recreational facilities and 24 hour security ensure that students live, learn, work and play, in the comfort of their second homes right in the heart of the city.
Situated at the heart of SMU’s city campus, SMU Libraries offers its services through two physical libraries, Li Ka Shing Library and Kwa Geok Choo Law Library as well as virtually through various web based services. SMU Libraries is the centre for academic and professional knowledge resources and services that support the research and learning needs of the SMU community.
The Mrs Wong Kwok Leong Student Wellness Centre puts students in touch with professionals offering counselling and other support services and programmes that promote intellectual and emotional wellbeing. It provides a safe space for students who require a reprieve from the rigours of academic life through its facilities: The Counselling Place and The Cosy Haven.
The SMU campus is the first of its kind – designed, integrated and constructed in the heart of a fully developed cityscape.Purpose-built over 4.5 hectares of prime Singapore land, the SMU campus is surrounded by museums, theatres, educational institutions, art galleries, cafés, restaurants and a range of retail outlets.The campus comprises seven buildings – the Administration Building, the Li Ka Shing Library and five buildings to house the six schools. The buildings between Bras Basah and Stamford Roads are fringed by heritage trees, with the centralized park landscape of Campus Green, and glazed facades shaded by a veil of plants at each storey.
Modern arts and sports facilities are available for booking by the CCAs and students. These facilities are for the exclusive use of SMU matriculated students, exchange students, bridging students as well as staff and faculty. Most arts and sports facilities are located at the SMU basement concourse, with the exception of the swimming pool and sports hall, which are located at the SMU Administration Building. SMU also has a running track located at Campus Green, which is open to public.
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