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Up Close And Personal With Mr Sundar Selvam: Hitting Zero Targets, Sundar Selvam Aug 2021

Up Close And Personal With Mr Sundar Selvam: Hitting Zero Targets, Sundar Selvam

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He might not be one you would have come across on campus. And not one you might read much about in SMU news or in the limelight for its achievements, preferring to remain in the background. But look around the SMU campus and you will see the fruits of his work and that of his team. Meet Sundar, SMU’s Vice-President for Campus Infrastructure and Services. Since January 2015, he has been at the forefront of driving SMU’s own sustainability journey which has resulted in several “firsts”. This interview was published in the August edition of SMU CIRCLE.


Up Close And Personal With Hugh Edmiston: Engineering Smu Towards Growth And Excellence, Hugh Edmiston Jun 2021

Up Close And Personal With Hugh Edmiston: Engineering Smu Towards Growth And Excellence, Hugh Edmiston

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So what can a chartered engineer from the United Kingdom tell us about our aspirations to contribute to growth in Asia, as a young university in Singapore? As I found out…plenty. And then some. Meet SMU Senior Vice-President (Administration) Hugh Edmiston, who joined us just as COVID-19 hit our shores (“Little did I know there was a global pandemic on the horizon when I moved!”); and read on to learn more about his multiple roles and responsibilities in SMU as he drives our growth in Asia. This interview was published in the June 2021 edition of SMU CIRCLE.


Up Close And Personal With Smu President Prof Lily Kong, Lily Kong Feb 2021

Up Close And Personal With Smu President Prof Lily Kong, Lily Kong

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On the occasion of SMU’s coming of age (21st anniversary), alumnus Terence Quek (MCM 2013) 'Zoomed' SMU President Professor Lily Kong, and through a host of questions discovered her leadership challenges, why she ran 248km, and how she plans to keep SMU “glowing”.The interview was published in the February 2021 edition of SMU CIRCLE.


Comments On The Setting Up And The Growth Of Smu By Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister For Finance At Smu Commencement Ceremony 2018, Swee Keat Heng Jul 2018

Comments On The Setting Up And The Growth Of Smu By Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister For Finance At Smu Commencement Ceremony 2018, Swee Keat Heng

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Speech by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance at SMU Commencement Ceremony on 31 July 2018. He talked about the setting up and growth of SMU and thanked Arnoud De Meyer for his constributions as SMU President.


Daringly Different: The Making Of The Singapore Management University, Kevin Y. L. Tan Feb 2015

Daringly Different: The Making Of The Singapore Management University, Kevin Y. L. Tan

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This is a book about the founding and early years of Asia’s first university in the 21st century - the Singapore Management University or SMU. It provides a background to tertiary education in Singapore to set the scene and offer the reader a glimpse of the landscape in which the remarkable changes leading to SMU’s establishment, and ramifications flowing therefrom, took place. So many of the key actors who were intimately connected to this grand story are still around and actively engaged in the life of SMU, and thus the book benefitted greatly from first-hand interviews with a number ...