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SMU CIRCLE - April 2018

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SMU Provost and President-designate Professor Lily Kong recently announced in end-March 2018 the university's commitment in increasing opportunities and support for SMU graduates to enter the workforce with overseas experience, due to the strong competitive edge gained from global exposure.

We at the Office of Alumni Relations could not agree more. Internationalization experience gleaned from exchange programmes, overseas internships, overseas community service projects, study missions, cultural immersions, overseas SMU-X projects, CCA-related activities etc. indubitably (and indelibly) shapes a person's character, viewpoints, mission, and path in life. Professor Kong articulates this best that an education with overseas experience will "develop our students into well-rounded and confident young men and women with a global vision, and whose contributions will make a meaningful impact in society."

In our April issue, find out how global exposure played a part in enabling alumni entrepreneurs Chia Luck Yong and Adrian Lim (both BSc(ISM), 2013) to decide to start their company in Vietnam, as well as inspiring alumna Anju Bhatia (IE-SMU MBA, 2017) to make meaningful impact in society, no matter where she lives. 

spotlight on alumni entrepreneurs

Chia Luck Yong & Adrian Lim
(Bsc (isM), 2013)
fetch technology

Chia Luck Yong and Adrian Lim were both bitten by the entrepreurship bug as undergraduates at SMU, leading them to co-found Fetch Technology (FETCH), a company that connects world class software developers to tech firms in Singapore and around the region. The catch is that their company is based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; this interest in Vietnam was sparked during their Technopreneurship Study Mission to - you guessed it - Vietnam itself in 2012. Read on regarding their journey in starting their company!   

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Chia Luck Yong (BSc (ISM), 2013, above left) and Adrian Lim (BSc (ISM), 2013, above right) started Fetch Technology in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. A Technopreneur Study Mission to Vietnam shaped their current path in life, and it comes as no surprise that they are firm proponents of global exposure in a student's academic life.

Anju Bhatia (IE-SMU MBA, 2017) is an international alumna who makes a deeply meaningful impact on people's lives no matter where she resides.

inspiring alumnus

anju bhatia (ie-smu mba, 2017)
Social entrepreneur & life coach

Anju Bhatia (IE-SMU MBA, 2017) has lived a life less ordinary. By her own admission, she has "moved sixteen times and lived in four countries". A woman of the world, she has worked in the banking industry, seen extreme poverty, actively aided the sick, the underpriviledged, downtrodden, marginalized communities through myriad charities or projects she initiated on her own, embarked on an MBA, and juggles the demands of motherhood on top of everything. Learn more about this inspiring international alumna who strives to better the lives of others, as well as wanting to learn and expose herself to new things, cultures and knowledge, no matter which part of the world she is in. 

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upcoming events
april 2018

 20 Apr -  SMU Ballare Alumni Group Gathering

 26 Apr -SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue: The Indonesian Firm of the Future & Launch of International Advisory Council in Indonesia (in Jakarta) 

 26 Apr – SMU Golf Alumni-Student Night

 27 Apr - SMU Interaction Night for Alumni Mentors & Student Mentees 

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The SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue & Launch of International Advisory Councils in Indonesia will be held on 26 April 2018. All alumni are welcome to sign up! 



Calling all alumni in the finance, banking and investments sectors - do not miss our signature Industry Night on Wednesday, 23 May 2018, which will be held at the Dallas Restaurant & Bar at Suntec City's Sky Garden. Network, interact and catch-up with fellow alumni from the industry over food and drink with fantastic cityscape views!

upcoming events
may 2018

13-16 May - 71st CFA Institute Annual Conference  (in Hong Kong)

17 May Alumni Professional Development: Business Storytelling for Presentations

23 May SMU Finance, Banking & Investments Industry Night

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career & professional development
courses by smu executive development

For April & May 2018 

Executive Skills for Board Members in Challenging Times

International Corporate Coaching (ICC)

Winning Business Performance in Asia

Asia Leaders Programme in Infrastructure Excellence (ALPINE)

Advanced Negotiation Strategies


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alumni job board

- Wealth Planning Manager (DBS)

- Senior Audit Officer (AGO)

- Data Analyst (UID Academy)

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SMU Alumni Association
3 Reasons to Dine with b3

B3: Burger Beer Bistro is SMU’s Alumni Bistro. Offering a wide menu from our Signature Burgers, pizzas, to healthy fare like our quinoa bowls, it is a space by the alumni for our alumni! 

Never dined at B3 before? Here are three reasons to join us for dinner! SMUAA members enjoy the full benefits available, and more; come to B3 to find out! 

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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

New Merchants

Canvas Avenue - 10% off all online purchases with a minimum order of S$35

Ace Drive Pte Ltd - 15% off car rental rates   

Sentosa Merlion Up to 25% off Sentosa Merlion

Wings of Time - 25% off Wings of Time (Standard Seat) 

Singapore Cable Car - Up to 25% off Cable Car Sky Pass Round Trip

Looking to travel or relocate overseas? Please let us know ( or contact our SMU overseas alumni chapter presidents or representatives

London Alumni Chapter 

The London Alumni Chapter recently gathered on 23 March 2018, utilizing SG Day 2018 as a perfect opportunity to meet. With kids and babies in the mix, this 'inter-generational' SMU family catch-up session allowed new alumni who just moved to London to be acquainted with existing alumni residing in London. 

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Last updated on 16 Apr 2018 .