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June 2017


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6 july 2017 

5th year reunion for class of 2012

17 august 2017

smu sports union (ssu) interaction night

smu alumni privilege programme 

Time flies! It's been five years since the Class of 2012 left SMU! It is time to reconnect and revive the friendships of yesteryears! Meet your peers, faculty, and staff at the 5th Year Reunion on 6th July 2017. To make it more convenient for you, the event will be held in the heart of the Central Business District – at Angie's Oyster Bar, 45th floor Singapore Land Tower Building. So come relive the memories of good times and much-cherished moments, whilst enjoying splendid views of Marina Bay! Register here. One of the biggest SMU Constituent Bodies, generations of alumni have passed through SMU Sports Union, participating in some 40 land and sea sports. Those were great times sharing and celebrating the love of sports! To bring the fraternity together, an “Interaction Night” will be organised for the SSU family on 17th August 2017. So join us at the University Lounge, Level 6 of SMU Admin Building, for an evening of collegial sharing and camaraderie, and perhaps a revival of your interest in sports! Sign up here The newly-launched SMU Alumni Privilege Programme is growing bigger, with more merchants joining the programme. You can enjoy these privileges at the touch of your finger tips by downloading your virtual SMU alumni card through the SMU Mobile app. For instance, if you are looking for a staycation venue, Far East Hospitality offers special room rates, exclusively for SMU alumni, at 11 hotels in Singapore at rates from as low as $120 for a 2D1N weekend. Stay tuned for more monthly privileges.
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spotlight on alumni entrepreneurs

elfarina zaid (mi 2013, BBM 2004)

Professional certified coach, consultant and co-founder of Elf coaching

SMU undergraduate Class of 2004 pioneer cohort alumna, Elfarina Zaid (BBM 2004), likes to take the road less travelled. A few years after graduation, she returned to SMU for another degree. She was in the pioneer cohort of SMU Master of Science in Innovation programme (MI 2013). Now an entrepreneur and a Professional Certified Coach, Elfarina shares with us her passion for mentoring and coaching, and how she overcame the challenges faced during her entrepreneurship journey.

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inspiring alumni

soon kian yong (bbm / bacc 2012) & yap zhi xin (bbm / bsc (econs) 2011)

smu ballare alumni group 

Soon Kian Yong (BBM/BAcc 2012) and Yap Zhi Xin (BBM/BSc (Econs) 2011) met in SMU as dance partners pursuing their love for ballroom dancing. To ensure that the dancing never stops, they became partners for life! Together the dancing duo have won multiple awards at local and international dance competitions. Despite their hectic work and dance training schedules, they continue to volunteer their time coaching their ballroom dancing juniors in SMU. To maintain a cohesive alumni ballroom dancing community, they decided to set up the SMU Ballare Alumni Group this year. Hear from the duo as they share how they have benefited from experiences beyond the classroom.

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upcoming events
join us!

17 Jun - SMUSAIC Alumni Networking Dinner and Forum

18 Jun - Sunday Futsal for SMU Postgraduate Students and Alumni

22 Jun - SMU-Accenture Alumni Group Gathering

30 Jun - SMU Business Families Alumni Group Event 

6 Jul - Class of 2012's 5th Year Reunion

6 Jul - SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue: "Building Capacity for a New Myanmar" in Yangon, Myanmar 

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Over 120 alumni, industry partners, staff, faculty and students attended the SMU Industry Night for alumni in the Banking and Financial Services sectors on 24th May 2017. 


Close to 70 alumni attended the Fireside Chat under the Alumni Professional Development Series on "Growing Wealth in an Increasingly Unpredictable World" with SMU's Senior Lecturer of Finance Professor Ang Ser Keng.


Upcoming events
see you there! 

9 Jul - SMU Flare Alumni Group Outing

14 Jul - Alumni Welcome Night for Graduating Class of 2017

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

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

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

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past events
in case you missed it

22 Apr - Student-Alumni Networking Event in San Francisco

13 May - SMU Overseas Alumni Chapter Event in Xiamen, China

18 May - Professional Development Series: Fireside Chat on 'Growing Wealth in an Increasingly Unpredictable World' 

24 May - SMU Industry Night for alumni in the Banking and Financial Services Sector

27 May - SMUpreneurs Learning Series: Making the Right Decisions through Poker! 

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21 alumni attended the workshop under the SMUpreneurs Learning Series on "Making the Right Decisions through Poker!" on 27th May 2017. 



 Workshop: Planning and Attacking the Hidden Job Market (27 July 2017)


 Join us for another instalment of the Alumni Professional Development Series on "Planning and Attacking the Hidden Job Market". Find out more on how to develop a career plan, market yourself and find job opportunities before they are even publicised! All these and more in this workshop on 27th July 2017.



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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

- Director, Infrastructure Service Delivery (TD Securities)

- Development Manager (TD Securities) 

- Specialist (TD Securities) 

- Deputy Manager, Corporate Finance (EDB Investments) 

- Senior Service Manager (Amplexor) 

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SMU Alumni Association
smuaa family day @ b3

Thinking of where to go with your family during the weekend? Or looking for a place to gather with friends? Head on to B3, your alumni bistro, on 24th June 2017 from 10am - 2pm as the SMU Alumni Association (SMUAA) warmly invites all alumni to join in their inaugural SMUAA Family Day @ B3! Come spend a lazy Saturday brunch with your loved ones over games, rides, artworks, bouncy castles and more! For more information, email

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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.

Aranda Country Club - Special Executive Suite Rates for SMU AlumniM

District6 - Co-working and Office Suites: Up to 15% off on Monthly Flex Desk and Fixed Desk Subscription

isSHOE Pte Ltd - Enjoy 10% off for all isSHOE Merchandise 

Miraculove - Enjoy 20% off for Wedding Invitations

StoryBox Collective - Free Consultation and 10% off Subscription Services

The Carbon Collective - Special Price for Drinks and Food for SMU Alumni 

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

20 Jun
Cultural Transformation in the Digital World Panel Discussion

5 Jul
Future Trends of Supply Chain Management and its impact

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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