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SMU CIRCLE - September 2017


september 2017 /


22 september 2017 

smu transit (self-development series) - traveller's night: smu edition

6 october 2017

networking dinner for alumni in international development sector

20 October 2017

SMU interaction night for SMUXtremist (smux) alumni

Do you have an innate and insatiable desire to travel, explore, and see new lands? Make new friends and share your travel discoveries and experiences with like-minded singles over relaxing casual food and drinks on 22nd September! Connect with fellow wanderlusters as you revel over the thrills and spills of your travels, and discuss new adventures. We are offering, exclusively for SMU alumni and graduating students, a special price of $10 (U.P $49). This includes set dinner, and professional facilitation and matching. Terms and conditions apply. Register now! The International Development (ID) sector encompasses a broad range of disciplines aimed at addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues - poverty alleviation, global governance and security, refugee protection, inequality, women and children’s rights, food and water security, education and disaster preparedness, and environmental changes. It seeks to improve the lives of peoples around the world. SMU alumni and faculty working, researching, or interested in the above sector, are invited to join for a night of meaningful connections on 6th October 2017. Calling all SMUXtremist (SMUX) alumni with a passion for extreme sports - it's time to reunite! Since SMUX's formation in 2000, many of you have been pushing physical and mental boundaries engaging in outdoor adventure trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, diving, skating, and sea and mountain expeditions. Come 20th October, connect with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts, both students and alumni, and share in your love for adventure at SMUX Interaction Night. The SMU Diving Alumni Group would also be launched at the event. Come relive and plan your adventure!
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spotlight on alumni entrepreneurs

clare ariela shen (bsocsc 2009)

managing director, cooking art industries

She almost gave up after a year into her family business, but with perseverance and a whole lot of courage, alumna Claire Ariela Shen (BSocSc 2009) vastly improved her family's business model and steered the firm to its next level. With a new store at Changi Airport's Terminal 4, Cooking Art Industries is looking to share Singapore with the world through their “kuehs” and other confectionery products. Find out how she overcame her challenges as an entrepreneur and a women leader.

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"Be humble and do not be afraid to seek counsel. If you believe enough in something, be courageous and persistently pursue it."
- Claire Ariela Shen

"I came from a humble family background of six other siblings. My late father was illiterate and singlehandedly raised the family up. Life was tough, but he spared no effort when it came to education. It was an investment for a brighter future for the kids. Having gone through this experience, I firmly believe no one should be denied a good education simply because of financial challenges."
- Lawrence Teh


inspiring alumnus

lawrence teh (emba 2017)

Director, strategic management division, singapore international foundation

SMU EMBA 2017 graduate, Lawrence Teh will be participating in the SunSmart Ironman Western Australia on 3rd December 2017. Lawrence’s motivation for taking up the Ironman challenge is to rally the entire SMU alumni community to support a meaningful cause - ensuring that no deserving student will be denied an SMU education because of financial difficulty. The funds raised will go towards the SMU Bursary Fund. Hear what he has to say...

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upcoming events
join us!

17 Sep - Sunday Futsal for Alumni and Postgraduate Students

19 Sep - <SOSCIETY Invites> The Business of Agriculture

22 Sep - SMU TRANSIT (Self-Development Series) - Travellers' Night: SMU Edition

26 Sep - SMU TRANSIT (Social Impact Series) - Discover and Create Social Impact

28 Sep - Professional Development Workshop - Networking: Engaging C-suite Executives with Compelling Questions

28 Sep - SINO Alumni Group Mid Autumn Festival Celebration

29 Sep - SMU Sailing Alumni Group Event

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Over 50 SMU Rugby alumni and students came together to celebrate the official launch of the SMU Rugby Alumni Group on 21st August 2017. The formation of this interest-based Alumni Group brings the total number of Groups to 36.


Over 150 alumni, students, staff and corporate partners attended the SMU Industry Night for Travel and Hospitality sector on 23rd August 2017.

Upcoming events
see you there! 

4 Oct - SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue in Manila, Philippines: "Deciphering Digital Disruptions and Ripples in South East Asia"

6 Oct - Networking Dinner for Alumni In International Development (ID) Sector

6 Oct - Tax Alumni Night 2017

7 Oct - SOA Run 2017

10 Oct - MITB 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner

12 Oct - Professional Development Fireside Chat: Setting Career Objectives as Principles, not End Points

20 Oct - SMU Interaction Night for SMUX Alumni & Students 

26 Oct - SMU School of Social Sciences 10th Anniversary Celebratory

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past events
in case you missed it

3 Aug - Launch of SMU Quantitative Finance Alumni Group

11 Aug - SMU Peer Helpers Homecoming 2017

17 Aug - SMU Interaction Night for SSU Alumni and Students

21 Aug - Launch of SMU Rugby Alumni Group

23 Aug - SMU Industry Night for Travel and Hospitality Sector

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

26 Aug - Launch of SMU City Samba Alumni Group

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

7 Sep - Applied Marketing Analytics: Matching Science and Insights to solve real world problems

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Over 60 alumni, students and staff witnessed the launch of the SMU City Samba Alumni Group on 26th August 2017 after some ​SMU ​City ​Samba ​members ​performed at ​the ​Singapore ​Night ​Festival ​@ ​Singapore ​Arts ​Museum.


Fireside Chat: Setting Career Objectives as Principles, not End Points

(12 October 2017)


Some say "careers are overrated", while some of us spend considerable effort planning them. Can successful careers be crafted or are they just coincidences built on "a series of fortunate events"? How does one plan a career when rules of engagement are constantly changing in the dynamic environments we operate in?


Join us in this Fireside Chat: Setting Career Objectives as Principles, not End Points, jointly brought to you by the SMU Travel and Hospitality Alumni Group and the SMU Office of Alumni Relations.



Hear from Co-founder of Singapore-based ZUZU Hospitality Solutions Dan Lynn as he shares his personal journey and life lessons, especially setting career objectives as principles, rather than an end point. 



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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

- Talent Acquisition Manager (Ubisoft)

- Business Development Associate, Indonesia (Sunseap)

- Manager, Outreach and Alumni Affairs (SMU)

- Recruiter / HR Executive (Tata Consultancy Services)

- Industry Manager, Technology, Media & Communications (Pricewaterhouse Coopers)

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SMU Alumni Association
new privilege with smu academy

In striving to provide more privileges for SMU Alumni, SMU Alumni Association (SMUAA) has arranged an initiative to support your personal and professional development. With support of the SMU Academy, members may now enjoy one free module from the graduate certificate in Communication Management and Strategy, It’s worth $1,600! Six modules are available for sign-ups. Registration closes 14 working days before module commencement. Do register early to avoid disappointment!

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alumni privileges  lifelong learning / overseas 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


Caribbean Spa - Enjoy Extraordinary Discounts at Caribbean Spa!

Floral Garage Singapore - 5% Discount for all floral purchases

Pixel Fairy Lights - Get 20% off for your Pixel Fairy Lights!

Skyline Club & Lounge - Happy Hours for Drinks at Skyline!

The Hive Co-working Space Singapore Pte Ltd - Free 1 Complimentary Day Pass & 10% off all memberships

The Quarters - 10% off All Menu for F&B

Werkz Photography - Up to 10% off for Passport Photos & Family Portrait

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 Netherlands

Looking to travel or relocate to the Netherlands and would like more information? Contact our SMU alumni representative in Netherlands Lydia Vu

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Asian Management Briefs (Sep 2017)

SOAReach Issue 20

SMU CIRCLE is a monthly enewsletter brought to you by the SMU Office of Alumni Relations. Read about the latest developments at the University, find out more about upcoming events, hear from your fellow alumni and stay connected to the SMU Community of alumni, students, faculty and staff. For information regarding SMU CIRCLE, email

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