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SMU CIRCLE - October 2017


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9 November 2017 

smu industry night - technology

11 november 2017

let's celebrate! 10th year reunion (class of 2007)

launch of smu diving alumni group, smu career champions alumni group & smu alumni collective group

Technology has a transformative influence on lives and businesses. Many SMU alumni have entered the technology sector and have made an impact on society. The SMU Industry Night series is an annual platform for our alumni in the respective industries to network and discuss future endeavours. The next SMU Industry Night is for the Technology sector and it will be held on 9 November 2017 at Smoke & Mirrors (National Gallery Singapore). Industry partners will also be invited to the event. Do take advantage of this opportunity to expand your professional network of contacts and to explore opportunities! Class of 2007! 10 years have passed since your graduation! It’s time to renew the bonds of friendship - at your 10th Year Reunion on 11 November 2017! Experience a different kind of reunion with a holistic living workshop, brought to you by Mahota ( Enjoy a healthy buffet menu specially designed by B3 Alumni Bistro whilst you reconnect and catch up with one another at the Alcove (formerly The Basement) in SMU Concourse. Return to your home in the city and be updated on the latest developments at SMU. Bring home your exclusive Class of 2007 terrarium and create more memories of SMU! Gather your friends and register today!  In the ensuing two months, we warmly welcome three new Alumni Groups to the SMU family! If you are an alumni photographer or artist, or someone who has a keen interest in creating a platform for business-based art forms, connect with like-minded alumni at the launch of the SMU Alumni Collective Group on 18 November 2017! SMU Career Champions alumni under the SMU's Dato Kho Hui Meng Career Centre (DKHMCC), celebrate the launch of the SMU Career Champions Alumni Group on 3 November 2017. And last but not least, the SMU ​Diving ​Alumni ​Group would be launched at the SMU Interaction Night for SMUX alumni on 20 October 2017! Join us in celebrations! 
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spotlight on alumni entrepreneurs

tong nhat duong (bsc (IS) 2017)

Co-founder, homage

Alumnus Tong Nhat Duong (BSC (IS) 2017) is a social entrepreneur and startup mentor/advisor. He co-founded Homage, a social enterprise and raised US$1.2 million in seed funding from established VCs and angel investors in Singapore. Currently the Advisory Board Member of SMU Social Impact Accelerator, and mentor for the social enterprises under the programme, Tong is committed and passionate about using techonology and innovative product design to maximise social impact. Here, he shares his challenges faced in his entrepreneurship journey and inspiration behind his social enterprise.

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Tong (above) at the SMU TRANSIT (Social Impact Series) - Discover & Create Social Impact on 26 September 2017. 

Jack (above middle) at the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)'s 40th annual conference in Florida, USA on 21 July 2017. 


inspiring alumnus

ho jack yong (BBM 2005)

senior assistant director, diversity, inclusion & integration, smu office of dean of students

SMU alumnus and staff Jack Ho (BBM 2005) received the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) Diversity Recognition Award at AHEAD’s 40th annual conference in Florida, USA on 21 July 2017. The AHEAD award recognises outstanding work in promoting diversity within higher education, and in the profession of disability services. The award selection committee chose recipients who were identified through nominations from peers within the Association. It is the first time a Singaporean has been presented with this award at AHEAD. SMU and OAR proudly congratulate Jack on his achievements as he shares his thoughts on diversity and inclusion in SMU.

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upcoming events
join us!

20 Oct - SMU Interaction Night for SMUX Alumni & Students 

26 Oct - SMU School of Social Sciences 10th Anniversary Celebratory

27 Oct - SMUslim's Alumni Networking Night 2017

31 Oct - SMU Alumni Mentoring Programme

3 Nov - Launch of SMU Career Champions Alumni Group 

3 Nov - SMU Ballare Alumni Group Gathering

3 Nov - SMU Corporate Communication Society: Alumni Networking Night 2017

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 SMU’s alumni from Singapore and Overseas Alumni Chapter in Manila, the Philippines, were recently involved in the SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue, “Deciphering Digital Disruptions and Ripples in South-East Asia”. The event was held in Manila, the Philippines, on 5 October 2017 and attracted over 200 participants. .



The Alumni Professional Development Fireside Chat on 30 August 2017 saw about 30 alumni participating in an engaging discussion on "Lead, Not Just Manage'.   

Upcoming events
see you there! 

8 Nov - SMUpreneurs: Launch of BizHub

9 Nov - SMU Industry Night: Technology

11 Nov- Let's Celebrate! 10th Year Reunion (SMU Class of 2007)

16 Nov - Professional Development Series: Global Megatrends and Innovations for Tomorrow’s Businesses

18 Nov - Launch of SMU Alumni Collective Group 

22 Nov - SMU Real Estate & Alternative Investment Alumni Group Networking

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past events
in case you missed it

28 Sep - Professional Development Workshop - Networking: Engaging C-suite Executives with Compelling Questions

28 Sep - SINO Alumni Group Mid-Autumn Festival Gathering

5 Oct - SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue in Manila, the Philippines

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The SMU Marketing Alumni Group organised an Applied Marketing Analytics event on 7 September 2017. 'Matching Science and Insights to Solve Real World Problems' was a stellar success with an attendance of 70 alumni professionals at the event.


Office of Alumni Relations with SMU Academy, present 'Global Megatrends and Innovations for Tomorrow’s Businesses' - 16 November 2017


In today’s economy, global megatrends force businesses to go through continuous, often irreversible and unprecedented periods of transformation.


This talk offers insights on how global megatrends create potential threats and at the same time open new growth pockets to be reaped by innovation. Dr Siegfried will present his thoughts on how managers can successfully enable organisational change in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.



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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

- Assistant Director, Alumni Giving (SMU)

- Desk Editor, Vietnamese Service (BBC World Service Group)

- Office Manager (FinEx Asia)

- Audit Senior(CA Practice PAC)

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SMU Alumni Association
associate memberships

The Associate Membership by SMU Alumni Association (SMUAA) is a different category of alumni membership. Available to staff and faculty in SMU, this is also another connection to SMU where you also enjoy privileges exclusively granted to alumni.

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alumni privileges  lifelong learning / overseas 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.

B3 Alumni Bistro

15% off F&B for SMUAA members, 10% off for SMU Alumni/Staff/Faculty/Students

Sign up for SMUAA Membership here


Fayth Pte Ltd - 10% off for Online Shopping at Fayth! 

Kindred Tea - Enjoy 10% off all orders online with Kindred Teas!

The Glass Onion - 20% Off for SMU Alumni with The Glass Onion


21-22 Nov
Accenture Change Management Programme

Alumni Representatives in Tokyo, Japan

Looking to travel or relocate to Tokyo, Japan and would like more information? Contact our SMU alumni representatives in Tokyo, Japan - KJ (Jung-Yoon Kim) and Masafumi Saki

Office of Alumni Relations
Level 6
Administration Building
81 Victoria Street
Singapore 188065

T: +65 6828 0797

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