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SMU CIRCLE - August 2017


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21 august 2017 

launch of smu rugby alumni group

26 august 2017

launch of smu city samba alumni group

8 september 2017

SMU interaction night for arts & cultural fraternity alumni

SMU Rugby – aka “Home of the City Boys” have seen batches of rugby boys played passionately and bonded over their love for the sport. Some of them continue to return to SMU after graduation to play and to coach their juniors. The SMU Rugby Alumni Group will be officially launched on 21st August at the University Lounge. The formation of this interest-based Alumni Group brings the total Alumni Groups to 35. If you were once a part of Home of the City Boys, join us in the launch and to relive the glorious rugby days of yesteryears! Register now! Incepted in 2004, SMU's resident brazilian percussion band Samba Masala began as a humble dhol percussion group. Since then, Samba Masala has made a name for itself on both local and international stages, wowing audiences and establishing itself as an esteemed batucada. Samba alumni can now join the Alumni Group - the SMU City Samba Alumni Group - with its official launch on 26th August. With the formation, we can expect the tempo of Samba music to be raised even higher! The band will also strive to make Samba music more relatable to audiences everywhere, whilst staying connected and giving back to the University The Arts and Cultural Fraternity, with some 25 clubs, binds students and alumni with a love for art, music, dance, and the performing arts together. With a fraternity a few thousand strong, it is fitting for a networking event to be organised each year - to catch up on old times and to pursue new collaborations. This year, the SMU Interaction Night for ACF alumni and students is slated for 8th September to coincide with the SMU Arts Festival Opening Event. Gather your friends and meet to relive the memories over food and drinks at your own Alumni Bistro B3!
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spotlight on alumni entrepreneurs

chua meimei (bbm 2007)

managing director, the keier group & united beauty palace myanmar co., ltd

Entrepreneurship is in alumna Chua Meimei's DNA. Since graduating from SMU in 2007, she has been instrumental in setting up various joint ventures and expanding her family business. For a young entrepreneur and “boss”, her early days were challenging. However, with determination and perseverance, she overcame the odds and brought her family business, and the firm which she co-founded, to new heights. They are now recognised brands in their respective industries. Here's her story.

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inspiring alumnus

shereen williams (bacc 2005)

Regional community cohesion coordinator, east gwent

SMU Accountancy alumna Shereen Williams flew the SMU flag high when she was recently made an honorary Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) for her community service in Wales. The Regional Community Cohesion Coordinator tackles hate crime, violent extremism, and inequality in Wales. She felt that if one is in a privileged position one must contribute back to society. In her free time, Shereen also supports victims of forced marriages in Muslim families across the country by providing care and helping them through legal processes in annulling their matrimonies. Read about her experiences in her journey in volunteerism and community work. Congratulations Shereen, we're proud of you!

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upcoming events
join us!

17 Aug - SMU Interaction Night for SMU Sports Union (SSU)

18 Aug - SMU Eluminix Alumni Group Initiation Night 2017

20 Aug - Sunday Futsal for Postgraduate Alumni & Students

21 Aug - Launch of SMU Rugby Alumni Group

23 Aug - SMU Industry Night for Travel and Hospitality Industry

25 Aug - SMU Interaction Night for International Students & ICON Alumni 

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The SMU Arts Festival is an annual celebration of creativity and the arts, involving over 20 SMU student clubs. In its third consecutive year, the festival casts the spotlight on the theme of Pages, brought to life through a 10-day showcase of workshops, theatre, dance, music and the visual arts. This event is open to public. Visit for details.



Over 360 Class of 2017 graduates, alumni leaders, faculty and staff attended the inaugural SMU Alumni Welcome Night 2017 on 14th July.
Upcoming events
see you there! 

26 Aug - Launch of SMU City Samba Alumni Group

30 Aug - Professional Development Fireside Chat: Lead, Not Just Manage 

7 Sep - Marketing Analytics Workshop by SMU Marketing Alumni Group

8 Sep - SMU LL.M. Student / Alumni Networking Reception

8 Sep - SMU Interaction Night for Arts and Cultural Fraternity (ACF) Alumni

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past events
in case you missed it

14 Jul - Alumni Welcome Night 2017

27 Jul - Professional Development Workshop: Planning and Attacking the Hidden Job Market

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Over 25 alumni attended the Professional Development Workshop on Planning and Attacking the Hidden Job Market on 27th July 2017.


 Fireside Chat: Lead, Not Just Manage (30 August 2017)


Strong management skills are the basic ingredients for good organisational performance. However, to achieve organisational excellence especially in a competitive world, leadership is key.


Join Professor Lim Soo Ping on 30th August in this Fireside Chat as he share his perspectives and observations on the practice of leadership. Hear from him as he relates the concept of staff engagement to leadership quality, and talk about the role of communication and courage in the exercise of effective leadership.



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career & professional development
courses by smu academy

- Storytelling for Organisations, Brands & Leaders
- Leadership and Communications
- Transformative Strategy
- Data Analytics
- Digital Media
- Digital Marketing

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alumni job board

- Programme Manager (Singapore Academy of Law)

- Project Manager (Singapore Academy of Law)

- Data Centre Asset Management Analyst (Keppel Capital)

- Digital Communication and Content Manager (Save the Children Asia Regional Office)

- Equity Research Associate (Credit Suisse)

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SMU Alumni Association
special Asian fare at b3

For the month of August, celebrate the Nation's 52nd Birthday with special Asian dishes at your Alumni Bistro B3. You’ve tried and loved their nasi lemak. Up next is a hearty beef rendang and a delicious assam prawn dish for only $6.90! Add on a virgin mojito or iced tea for $1.90. Stay tuned for the new releases on the Mondays of August!

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alumni privileges  lifelong learning / Alumni chapters

contacts and more links

Access your virtual Alumni Card on the SMU Mobile App to enjoy the following privileges and more.  Click here for more information.

B3 Alumni Bistro

15% off F&B for SMUAA members, 10% off for SMU Alumni/Staff/Faculty/Students

Sign up for SMUAA Membership here

Chip Soon Aluminium Pte Ltd - Up to 5% off for Renovation Services

Frasers Hospitality Pte Ltd - 15% off Best Flexible Rate for Frasers Hospitality Hotels

JSG Photo - Up to 15% off Photography Projects in New York

Print for Fun - 10% Discount for All Canvas Products

Straits Cafe - 10% off Buffet at Straits Cafe, any day of the week

13-15 Sep
Global Supply Chain Management Programme - SkillsFuture Study Award Available  

2-3 Oct
Advanced Negotiation Strategies

4-6 Oct
Women & Leadership Programme

21-22 Nov
Accenture Change Management Programme

Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent (START) Development Scheme

This scheme is co-funded by SMU and the Ministry of Education to encourage and support outstanding young Singaporeans with an interest in an academic career to pursue doctoral and or post-doctoral training. Find out more about the three types of post-graduate development opportunities under this scheme.

Alumni Representative in Canada 

Looking to travel or relocate to Canada and would like more information? Contact our SMU alumni representative in Canada Norman Wijaya (BBM 2008) or join the Facebook group "SMU Alumni in Canada" to connect with fellow alumni in Canada. 

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Last updated on 15 Sep 2017 .