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SMU CIRCLE - January 2019

Message from SMU President

Dear Alumni,

Happy New Year! It gives me great pleasure to pen my first letter to you as SMU’s 5th President.

Alumni are the bedrock of all great universities and at SMU we are no different. You are our brand ambassadors, and living testimonies of SMU’s holistic education.

In my interactions with alumni during my term as SMU Provost, I am heartened to witness passionate and enthusiastic individuals giving back to SMU. Whether it was through mentoring your juniors, building communities of support, or volunteering contacts to strengthen the SMU network, each of your efforts has contributed towards the reputation of the SMU graduate. In turn, SMU seeks to support your lifelong development as you pursue your chosen endeavours. I hope to continue working closely with you and the Office of Alumni Relations to strengthen this symbiotic relationship.

Although we are a young university, SMU has already produced more than 25,000 alumni, flying our flag across countless industries and cities around the world. I am thankful to each of our alumni for making meaningful impact, both locally and globally. This month, I would like to invite you to celebrate our university’s 19th birthday at Patron’s Day on 25 January (Friday), followed by SMU Alumni Homecoming Day on 26 January (Saturday). I look forward to meeting you at these events, and striving together towards SMU’s Vision 2025.

Professor Lily Kong

Upcoming Events

Jan - Feb 2019

25 Jan - Charting the Course - Thriving at Life & Work

25 Jan - SMU Patron's Day 2019

26 Jan - Re19niting: SMU Alumni Homecoming Day 2019

1 Feb - SMU Eluminix Homecoming

15 Feb - The Odyssey: Alumni-Student Mentoring Forum & Alumni Mentoring Programme's Appreciation Night (save the date!)

15 Feb - SMU Peer Helpers' Alumni Group Chinese New Year Reunion

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Last call to sign up for Re19niting - SMU Alumni Homecoming on 26 January 2019 (Sat)!

Alumni in the News

Helping Muslims Travel the World

SMU alumna Tengku Suzana Tengku Abdul Kadir (BBM 2014) (pictured together with her husband and co-founder Melvin Goh (BBM 2014)) set up an online travel company “Have Halal, Will Travel” to help fellow Muslims find halal food and prayer places while travelling. The company has a monthly reach of 9.1 million people and attracts around 600,000 unique visitors to the website every month.

30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2019

SMU alumnus Josh Lee Kok Thong (LLB 2015), as well as SMU student Wan Ding Yao – who co-founded legal technology publication known as LawTech.Asia – had been recognised on Asia Law Portal’s list of “30 People To Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2019”.

Career and Professional Development

EMBA Programmes

Debuting as the highest new entrant, the SMU EMBA has risen 14 places in the Financial Times EMBA ranking in just 4 years. An incredible feat for a 7 year old programme. Join our monthly info / chat sessions to understand how.

PhD Programmes

Enrol in one of our academic research PhD programmes. Applications for Aug 2019 intake are open and will close on 31 Jan 2019.

Find out more.

SMU Institute of Service Excellence

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

14 - 15 FebDesign Thinking: Creating an Exceptional Customer Experience

19 - 20 FebData Analytics: Harnessing Data for Quality Service Delivery, Value Enhancement & Outcomes

27 - 28 FebEmployee Engagement & Change Management: Fostering a Service-Centric Culture

SMU Executive Development

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

14 - 15 Feb: International Corporate Coaching - Module 1A

14 - 15 Feb: Leadership Coaching Programme - Run 1

Find out more.


Alumni Job Board

Epic Healthcare Systems Pte Ltd - System Analyst

Attribute Data Pte Ltd - Frontend JavaScript Developer

Synergy Link Capital - Trading Analyst

The Singapore Fintech Consortium Pte Ltd - Social Media Marketing Analyst

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Congratulations on Your Nuptials!

CIRCLE Jan 2019

Ingyin Zaw (BBM 2013) & Wai Hlyan Min (BBM 2012)

Ingyin Zaw and Wai Hlyan Min met whilst serving in SMU Myanmar Community's 2nd Exco. They grew close whilst organising the first SMU Myanmar Culture Show, and started dating. They got married on 30 Dec 2018, more than 8 years later!

Melvin Lim (BBM 2018) & Jomain Lim (BAcc 2016)

Melvin and Jomain met when they were both running for the same Exco position in SMU EYE Investment Club. Obviously they already had an EYE for each other then! The rest is, as they say, history! 

For many alumni couples, SMU is the birthplace of the love that blossomed between them. If you would like to be featured, or congratulate friends who got married in January 2019, please email

SMU Alumni Privilege Programme

New Merchants for Jan 2019

Bykido (Alumni Business) - Purchase a Bykido pass at $10

Far East Hospitality - Special weekend staycation room rates for SMU alumni

Hotel Grand Pacific (Sun's Café) - SMU prices for dining at Sun Café, Hotel Grand Pacific

VIIMART - Up to 20% discounts with VIIMART 

Waa Cow! Sukiyaki (Alumni Business) - 10% off for SMU alumni when dining at Waa Cow!   

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Contacts and Useful Links
Office of Alumni Relations
Level 6, SMU Administration Building
81 Victoria Street
Singapore 188065
T: +65 6828 0797

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Last updated on 15 Jan 2019 .