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SMU CIRCLE - February 2019

Valentine's Day Special: An SMU Love Story

Over the course of SMU's short history, there have been innumerous instances of SMU being the birthplace of budding romances amongst students. In the spirit of celebrating our alumni couples this Valentine's Day, we speak to Kenneth Tan (BSc (Econ), 2009) & Chua Meimei (BBM, 2007) who first became acquainted at school where Meimei was Head Teaching Assistant (TA) of a course, and Kenneth was one of the TAs. Read on to learn how an unlikely couple overcame the odds - geographical distances, personality 'clashes', differing viewpoints - through humour, patience and mutual respect to build an enduring love.

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Upcoming Events

Feb - Mar 2019

16 Feb - SMU City Samba Alumni Group Chinese New Year Reunion

16 Feb - SMU Sino Alumni Group Chinese New Year Celebrations

23 Feb - SMU International Moots Alumni Group Gathering

8 Mar - SMU Eluminix Homecoming

27 Mar - SMU Food & Beverage Industry Night

29 Mar - Launch of SMU Funk Movement Alumni Group

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SMU Food & Beverage Industry Night
27 March 2019, Wednesday
Dallas Bar & Restaurant, Suntec City

Interested in the F&B industry? Register for the inaugural SMU F&B Industry Night and enjoy an evening of mingling with alumni in the gastronomic scene. ​Discover ​dozens ​of ​fellow ​alumni ​in ​well-known ​​establishments, ​such ​as ​Creative ​Eateries, ​Waa ​Cow!, ​and ​many ​more.

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News from SMU

SMU Appoints New Provost & SOSS Dean

Provost-Designate Professor Timothy Clark will take office from 1 April 2019, while SMU SOSS Dean-Designate Professor Chandran Kukathas will join the University from 1 July 2019.

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SMU Partners with Google to Nurture Future-Ready Analytics Talent to Meet Industry Demand

The partnership marks the first time that Google is extending its Google Squared Data & Analytics Programme to undergraduates of a local university. 

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SMU-University of Melbourne (UoM) Sequential Masters Degree Programme Launched

The programme provides students with the unique opportunity to study at both universities consecutively and graduate with the SMU Master of IT in Business (MITB) and UoM Master of Information Systems (MIS) degrees.

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LKCSB Jumps Six Spots to 43rd in Latest Financial Times Global MBA Rankings

LKCSB's Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme has been ranked 10th among Asian business schools by The Financial Times.

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Career and Professional Development

SMU Masters Day

How will a postgraduate degree help advance your career? Which programme should you take to enrich your personal development? Come and discover your potential at SMU Masters Day 2019 on 30 Mar through Masterclasses, information sessions, alumni sharing, programme consultations and more. Master your future with SMU Masters!

SMU Masters Roadshow in Manila

Join us for the SMU Masters Roadshow in Manila on 16 Feb. Discover how our postgraduate courses, and your time in Singapore, can groom you to be Asia’s next generation of leaders. Reserve your seat here!

SMU Institute of Service Excellence

Discover the public programmes offered by SMU ISE, which are up to 90% subsidised:

5 - 6 MarBusiness Processes: Service Excellence in Operations Strategy

11 - 13 Mar: Data Analytics: Making Better Customer Decisions Using Analytics (A Competency Development Programme)

14 - 15 Mar: Design Thinking: Service Innovation as a Competitive Advantage

SMU Executive Development

Sign up for SMU ExD's Public Programme courses, which integrate the best of Asian and Western practices and theories:

6 - 9 MarInternational Mergers and Acquisitions Expert (IM&A)

11 - 15 MarEXCEL Leadership Programme - Run 1

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Alumni Job Board

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Centre - Postdoctoral Associate

Singapore Academy of Law - Senior Manager, Manpower Planning and Development

Italian Trade Commission - Assistant Trade Analyst

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Alumni Around The World

Overseas Alumni at SMU Patron's Day Dinner 2019

Over a dozen alumni flew in from Myanmar, Indonesia, and China to celebrate SMU's 19th anniversary of its founding at Patron's Day Dinner 2019, which was held at the School of Law on 25 January and graced by SMU Patron President Halimah Yacob. The event acknowledged the contributions of our overseas alumni in furthering SMU's global footprint.

Chinese New Year Celebrations in London, Shaanxi and Xiamen

SMU alumni around the world took the opportunity to gather for Chinese New Year. Alumni in Shaanxi and Xiamen got together with their former classmates for games, barbeques, and other fun activities over the 25 - 26 Jan weekend, whilst alumni in London relived the taste of home with traditional dim sum on 2 Feb!

New SMU Alumni Representative Appointed in Laos

Sanva Saephan (BAcc 2012) was the founder of Yaonoy Center, an educational social enterprise. He is currently the General Manager (Business Development) for KP Company Limited. Alumni traveling or relocating to Laos may contact him at

SMU has 13 Overseas Alumni Chapters and 9 Alumni Representatives in cities all over the world. If you are relocating overseas and would like to get in touch with SMU alumni based in your city, please contact

SMU Alumni Privilege Programme

Featured Merchants for Feb 2019

D'Skin - Enjoy facial treatments at special prices

The French Cellar - Promotional Prices for SMU Alumni

Healthway Medical Group - Health Screening, Dental Services, GP Consultations at Alumni Prices

Shou Slimming Centre - Enjoy LPG Endermologie Treatment at Alumni Prices


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Level 6, SMU Administration Building
81 Victoria Street
Singapore 188065
T: +65 6828 0797

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Last updated on 15 Feb 2019 .