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SMU CIRCLE - July 2017



july 2017 /


23 august 2017 

smu industry night for travel and hospitality industry

25 august 2017

smu interaction night for icon alumni / international students 

coming soon!

SMU alumni mentoring programme - 13th run 

The SMU Industry Night series provides a platform for alumni in the same industry to meet and to expand their professional network. Organised by SMU Travel and Hospitality Alumni Group, with OAR support, the event is targeted at alumni working or doing business in the Travel and Hospitality industry. Recruitment personnel from leading corporations and entrepreneurs in hotel management, travel, airlines, tourism, and allied sectors will also be invited. It will be held at Smoke & Mirrors, Level 6, National Gallery Singapore. Join us to network with fellow alumni and industry professionals over drinks and light bites, whilst enjoying splendid views of iconic Padang and Marina Bay. Who knows what opportunities may be in store for you? Do register now! SMU places high emphasis on diversity and inclusion, a belief that is strongly embraced by students. To support the university in this important initiative, students from different nationalities including Singapore, come together under club ICON to celebrate diversity, promote integration, and to provide support to international students. ICON with support from the Diversity, Inclusion and Integration (DII) Team (formerly International Students Experience@OGL) have built strong bonds and cohesion amongst its members. Long after graduation, the ties remain strong, and it’s timely for ICON and DII, in collaboration with OAR, to invite alumni back to interact with students in the inaugural ICON Interaction Night. The cohort with the highest number of attendees stands to win a grand prize! Rally your friends now! Share your knowledge with your juniors, and help them make the transition from university to work life! The Alumni Mentoring Programme is a platform for alumni to share their knowledge and experiences with students on a broad range of issues, such as getting the most out of student life, career options, and life in general. Through mentorship, you can help shape the future of your juniors. At the same time, as a mentor, you can develop mentoring skills which will be immensely valuable personally or professionally. So do join our Alumni Mentoring Programme and contribute to the growth of your juniors. Registration will commence soon! Look out for it!
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overseas alumni chapter 

smu alumni inducted into inaugural international advisory council (myanmar)

Since setting up in 2013, the SMU Myanmar Alumni Chapter has grown from strength to strength, with more than 100 registered members. Chapter President Naing Ye Lin (BBM 2013) has been very effective in leading a cohesive team. The Chapter has been active and passionate in maintaining strong linkages with SMU. Many of its members are successful entrepreneurs, or run family businesses which have grown exponentially with them at the helm. Four such alumni were recently invited to sit in the newly launched International Advisory Council Myanmar (IAC). They are Chua Meimei (BBM 2007), Kyi Kyi Win (BBM 2007), Ronald Lee (BBM 2010), and Chapter President Ye Lin. The other three IAC members are prominent corporate or business leaders. The IAC’s role is to deepen SMU’s engagement with government, academic, and business communities in Myanmar.

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SMU alumni in Myanmar together with SMU faculty/staff at the Industry Seminar on 6th July 2017.



spotlight on alumni: inspiring alumnus

sanva saephan (bacc 2012)

founder of yaonoy center

Alumnus Sanva Saephan spent his early years in a refugee camp in Thailand and overcame the odds to pursue an education which eventually led him to SMU School of Accountancy. After graduation, Sanva remained deeply committed to improving the education of the Laotian community. He wrote two books to raise funds to build a primary school and a vocational training centre for less fortunate women in Laos and was an invited speaker for the TEDxLaneXangAve Changing Currents event in 2016. Today, he runs Yaonoy Center, an educational social enterprise, to provide affordable language enrichment classes to needy Laotian students. Read his story...

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upcoming events
join us!

23 Jul - Sunday Futsal for Postgraduate Alumni and Students

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

3 Aug - Launch of Quantitative Finance Alumni Group

11 Aug - SMU Peer Helpers Homecoming 2017

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


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68 alumni and students attended the Fireside Chat on "Singapore Real Estate Market Views & A Career in Real Estate" under the Professional Development Series on 8th June 2017. 


56 alumni and students witnessed the Launch of SMU Ultimate Alumni Group on 9th June 2017.


Upcoming events
see you there! 

18 Aug - SMU Eluminix Alumni Group Initiation Night 2017

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 

30 Aug - Professional Development Fireside Chat: Leading From Where You Are 

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

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past events
in case you missed it

8 Jun - Professional Development Series: Fireside Chat on "Singapore Real Estate Market Views and A Career in Real Estate"

9 Jun - Launch of SMU Ultimate Alumni Group

10 Jun - SMU Ultimate Alumni Group Event: PACEYFU 2017

22 Jun - SMU-Accenture Alumni Group Gathering

6 Jul - 5th Year Reunion for the Class of 2012

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Close to 200 alumni, staff and faculty attended the 5th Year Reunion for the SMU Class of 2012 on 6 July 2017.



 Fireside Chat: Leading from Where You are (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

- Associate Director, Credit Analyst, International Corporates (Standard Chartered Bank)

- Investment Analyst (UOB Kay Hian)

- Business Development Manager (Frasers Hospitality)

- Buyside Hedge Fund Equity Trader (Lauro Asset Management)

- Senior Associate (PwC Singapore)

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SMU Alumni Association
fresh grad promotions

To the Class of 2017, congratulations on your graduation! To start your alumni journey, SMUAA would like to invite you to enjoy privileges available only to SMUAA members.

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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.

BEST DENKI (Singapore) Pte Ltd - Special Discount when shopping at Best Denki Pte Ltd - $30 Cash Rewards with a minimum spending of $300 via

Goshen Art Gallery LLP - Seasonal Discounts for Artwork and Special Invites to Private Events - Up to $500 worth of Shopping Vouchers for Property Loan

Rendeur Private Limited & SportFitX - Up to 15% off for passes to events and training workshops organised by Rendeur or SportFitX

Seletar Flying Club - Experience leisure flying with Seletar Flying Club at Discounted Rates 

Unique Speed Pte Ltd - 20% off regular-priced sports accessories

B3: Burger Beer Bistro

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

Sign up for SMUAA Membership here

3-4 Aug
Leadership Coaching - Executive Programme

15 Aug
Building a B2B Digital Strategy that Creates Winning Business Performance - Receive 50% off with Promo Code: SMUA20

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

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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