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SMU CIRCLE - December 2017






OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE ALCOVE  LAUNCH OF SHENZHEN ALUMNI CHAPTER in Shenzhen Launch of SMU International Advisory Council China in Hong Kong

We are thrilled to announce that The ALcove will be officially launched on Friday, 19 January 2018. The event will be graced by SMU Chairman Mr Ho Kwon Ping.

Since its soft launch in November, The ALcove has hosted over 20 events attended by over 300 guests from the student, staff, faculty and alumni community alike. The ALcove is the only event space in SMU that comes fully equipped with catering, projector and sound systems, a pool table and dart machines. The space is managed by the SMU Alumni Association on behalf of the Office of Alumni Relations.

Date: 19 January 2018
Time: 6 - 9pm

If you would like to register your interest for the Official Launch, please contact Ivy Wong (

We are pleased to announce the newest and 12th Overseas Alumni Chapter in Shenzhen, China.

Together with Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and Hong Kong, the Shenzhen chapter will be the fifth one in China itself.

We invite interested SMU alumni, staff and students to join SMU President Prof Arnoud De Meyer, and other staff members for the official Launch on:

Date: 16 January 2018
Time: 7 - 10pm
Venue: The Langham, Shenzhen

Come connect with the alumni in Shenzhen! For more details, please contact Sam Wu (

The SMU International Advisory Council (IAC) continues to grow in strength and stature as a platform meant to establish, strengthen and deepen SMU’s collaboration and engagement with the government, academic and business communities in the country. 

The platform of engagement is via an Industry Leaders Dialogue discussing a relevant issue of that country.

The Industry Leaders Dialogue and the Launch of the IAC China will be held on 17 January 2018 at the Island Shangri-La.

Interested SMU alumni, staff and students keen to engage with the Hong Kong Alumni Chapter, as well as notable business industry leaders, please contact Sam Wu (

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spotlight on alumni entrepreneurs

Brandon heng 
(bsc (ism), 2013)

Co-founder, herman furniture

Brandon Heng (BSc (ISM), 2013) – together with another alumnus Gay Zheng Cai (BBM, 2015) – co-founded Herman Furniture, a company that prides itself as solid wood slabs specialists, producing premium wooden table tops at reasonable prices. Using only a single slab of sustainable wood from the Suar Tree in Indonesia, the result is a centerpiece table that is instantly arresting, dramatic and beautiful. In fact, the beautiful statement-piece wooden tables at The ALcove are from Herman Furniture. 

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Brandon Heng (above, left) co-founded Herman Furniture together with fellow alumnus Zhengcai Gay, a company that produces premium live edge tables and other furniture from wood slabs, at competitive prices. 

calixto tay

Calixto (above, extreme left) won "Most Innovative Solutions" at the LTA's Land Transport Excellence Awards 2016 for BusLeh, an app he created to improve the lives of the comman man relying on public transportation by allowing them to plan their commutes more effectively and efficiently. 
inspiring alumnus

Calixto tay (bsc (ism), 2013)

creator of 'busleh' app

Calixto Tay (BSc (ISM), 2013) not only has a brain, he has a heart for the common man. Graduating with top honors, Calixto put his Information Systems coding knowledge and entrepreurship skills honed at SMU to good use, creating an app called BusLeh meant simply to help commuters have a better experience in planning their daily commutes more effectively and easily. For all of his desire to improve the lives of people who rely on buses, Calixto won the "Most Innovative Solutions" award at LTA's Land Transport Excellence Awards 2016, a biennial affair that recognizes individuals and organisations who make a difference in Singapore’s land transport scene.  

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upcoming events
join us!

16 Dec SMU Flare Alumni Group: Introduction to Parkour!

16 Dec SMU City Samba Alumni Group - Christmas Busking!

23 Dec - Philippines Alumni Chapter Christmas Party! (in Manila, The Philippines)

5 Jan - MWM New Year Dinner

16 Jan- Launch of the SMU Shenzhen Alumni Chapter (in Shenzhen, China)

17 Jan - SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue & Launch of SMU International Advisory Council China in Hong Kong (in Hong Kong, SAR)

19 Jan - Official Launch of The ALcove

26 Jan - Patron's Day (please watch this space for more information!)

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The Myanmar Alumni Chapter recently conducted a half-day training session/workshop 'Purpose-led Strategy for Sustainable Success' on 18 November 2017. Led by alumnus Poorani Thanusha (MTSC 2016) and Rameshwari Ramachandra (current SMU PhD candidate) from Talent Leadership Crucible, the Myanmar alumni treated to an insightful, lively, and participative session. We are glad to see our alumni working and engaging with overseas alumni! If you are keen to join the Myanmar Alumni Chapter, please write to Naing Ye Lin, Chapter President (



The SMU International Advisory Council in Vietnam was launched on 8 December 2017.  Mr Don Lam, CEO and Co-founder, VinaCapital, is Council Chair, with other notable business leaders such as Mrs Le Mai Lan, Vice Chairwoman, Vingroup, and Mr Kien Phuoc Nguyen Tan (SMU alumni, MBA, 2016), Managing Director, The 360 Creative Group as council members. In attendance were some 20 alumni living in Ho Chi Minh City who also participated in the SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue on "Leading Bueinsses midst the War for Talent".

PAST events
see what you missed!

16 Nov - Sino Alumni Group Presents: "The Future of Wealth Management"

17 Nov - Launch of ASMU Alumni Group

18 Nov - Launch of SMU Alumni Collective (for Artists & Designers)

18 NovSMU Myanmar Alumni Chapter Workshop on 'Purpose-led Strategy for Sustainable Success'

22 Nov SMU Real Estate and Alternative Investment Alumni Group's Networking and Panel Session

22 Nov - Appreciation Lunch for Student Leaders@The ALcove

1 Dec - SoundFoundry Alumni Group Inaugural Annual Open-Mic Event

8 Dec - SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue - “Leading Businesses midst the War for Talent”, & Launch of SMU International Advisory Council in Vietnam

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Looking to leave the corporate world and enter  academia? Why not consider pursuing the SMU PhD? The minimum qualification is at least a good Bachelor’s degree. In fact, fully-funded scholarships are offered to successful PhD candidates. 


 Find Out More About SMU PhD Programmes 
career & professional development
courses by smu academy

Graduate Certificate in Innovation (New for 2018)

Introduction to Opportunity Recognition & Ideation Management

Business Model and Technology Innovation

Innovation Management Tool ‘Design Thinking

Turning Innovation Concepts into Business Cases

The Financial Potential and Risks of new Business Ideas

Business Model and Technology Innovation

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alumni job board

- Lead, SEA Marketing & PR Team (Jetstar)
- Manager, Legal (Jetstar)
- Asst Dir, Public Markets (SMU)
- Asst Dir, Private Investment (SMU)

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SMU Alumni Association

SMUAA members are eligible for one complimentary module (worth $1,712, limited spaces available) from the Graduate Certificate in Communication Management.

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alumni privileges 


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


The French Cellar – Enjoy promotional prices for SMU Alumni for The French Cellar Wine Club

Honestbee Pte Ltd – Enjoy $14 off for first food order, and $15 off for first laundry order

7 Kickstart University Café - Enjoy 10% discount on food & non-alcoholic drinks

Smoobar - Enjoy 10% discount on food & non-alcoholic drinks



Looking to travel or relocate to Colorado or Vietnam and would like more information? Contact our SMU alumni representatives!


[NEW] Alumni Representative in Colorado, U.S.A.


smu alumni, overseas alumni chapters, Colorado, USA

Nicholas Cheong 
(BBM, 2008)

[NEW] Alumni Representative in Vietnam

Nha Mai Huynh
(BBM, 2012)


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