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To be a premier university, internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching.


To create and disseminate knowledge. SMU aspires to generate leading-edge research with global impact as well as to produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. SMU is committed to an interactive, participative and technologically enabled learning experience. Towards this end, it will provide a rewarding and challenging environment for faculty, staff and students to kindle and sustain a passion for excellence.

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SMU at a glance

among specialist universities worldwide
undergrad and postgrad students*
globally diverse faculty**
Rated 5 Stars by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (WUR)
Ashoka U Changemaker Campus
Korn Ferry Employee Engagement Award
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (WUR)
SMU is ranked #11 among the specialist universities of the world which include established institutions such as the London School of Economics and Political Science, Sciences Po Paris, University of St Gallen and Hitotsubashi University. Read more
Ashoka U Changemaker Campus
SMU is accredited by Ashoka as “Changemaker Campus”. We are the first institution in Asia to join the ranks in a list of 37 institutions across 7 countries in total. This is a recognition of SMU’s commitment to social innovation in the higher education landscape. Read more
Korn Ferry Employee Engagement Award
SMU is recognized as an Outstanding Employer by Korn Ferry in Singapore. The Employee Engagement Awards highlight the organizations who are successfully releasing the power and potential of their people.
1st in Asia in accounting research in the Brigham Young University Accounting Research Rankings
1st in Singapore (3rd in Asia) in the University of Texas Dallas Top 100 Worldwide Business School Research Rankings
4th in Asia in Tilburg University's Top 100 Worldwide Schools Research Rankings
University Profile
  • Established in January 2000
  • First publicly-funded autonomous university in Singapore
  • City campus located in the Bras Basah civic district
  • Shared values of Commitment, Integrity, Responsibility, Collegiality, Leadership and Excellence
Student Profile
  • 7,827 full-time undergraduates*
  • 1,750 full-time and part-time postgraduates*
Faculty Profile
  • 353 full-time faculty*
  • 44% international faculty [non-Singapore citizens]*
  • A globally diverse faculty pool with PhDs from leading international universities
  • 30 different nationalities*
  • * As of December 2015

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* As of 14 February 2018** As of 6 March 2018

Last updated on 07 Mar 2018 .



SMU's journey began in 1997, when the Singapore government first mooted the idea of a third university for the country. The government wanted SMU to be an experiment in diversity. The experiment began with the choice of the Chairman of the new institution, Mr Ho Kwon Ping, a renowned and successful business entrepreneur.

He was joined by an SMU task force of academics, including Professor Tan Chin Tiong, who determined that SMU should be an American-style university offering a broad-based education, in contrast to Singapore's tradition of the more specialised British model.

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University Identity

The Singapore Management University places a high priority on developing and maintaining a consistent corporate image to reinforce its status and position, both in the local and wider communities.

To effectively protect the university's brand, we have developed guidelines to ensure consistent implementation of SMU's visual identity.

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