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Singapore Management University

A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy.



It was in 1997 that the Singapore government first mooted the idea of a third university for Singapore. Then Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Tony Tan believed that the new university should be different from the two established institutions - the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The government wanted SMU to be an experiment in diversity.


Today, SMU is home to around 9,200 undergraduate and postgraduate students and comprises six schools: the School of Accountancy; Lee Kong Chian School of Business; School of Economics; School of Information Systems; School of Law; and School of Social Sciences. SMU offers six bachelor degree programmes in Accountancy, Business Management, Economics, Information Systems Management, Law, and Social Sciences; a Juris Doctor programme and nineteen master programmes in Applied Economics, Applied Finance, Applied Information Systems, Business Administration (MBA), CFO Leadership, Communication Management, etc.


SMU's research vision is be an internationally recognised leader in high-quality research that results in knowledge creation, dissemination, and application in ways that are relevant and responsive to the changing needs of individuals, organisations, and societies. Specifically, SMU aspires to be the leading university in Asia for high-quality research, with a particular emphasis on providing evidence-based solutions derived from insights that cross disciplines, address Asian issues of global relevance, and bridge theory and practice.


A well-round education that challenges perceptions, enriches the mind and sharpens communication skills helps differentiate SMU graduates and gives them a competitive edge in the global marketplace. Already the University has achieved a high degree of recognition in Singapore, Asia and beyond. Today, SMU has over 10,000 undergraduate and postgraduate alumni.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
500 -59
441 -10
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Student services

The Office of Global Learning annually plans a series of social and recreational programmes to engage our international students. These activities provide opportunities for integration with the university community and are aimed at enhancing the student experience.

International and exchange students are in for a special treat, as the International Student Experience team at the Office of Global Learning and student group SMU International Connections (SMU ICON) organise events and programmes specially designed to get you acquainted with Singapore and SMU! Most of these programmes are complimentary.

Housing services

The SMU campus is the first of its kind – designed, integrated and constructed in the heart of a fully developed cityscape.

Purpose-built over 4.5 hectares of prime Singapore land, the SMU campus is surrounded by museums, theatres, educational institutions, art galleries, cafés, restaurants and a range of retail outlets.

The campus comprises seven buildings – the Administration Building, the Li Ka Shing Library and five buildings to house the six schools. The buildings between Bras Basah and Stamford Roads are fringed by heritage trees, with the centralized park landscape of Campus Green, and glazed facades shaded by a veil of plants at each storey.

Library services

Designed as learning and research spaces for the SMU community, SMU Libraries, through its two locations, Li Ka Shing and Kwa Geok Choo Libraries, offers a range of spaces and support the SMU community. 

Medical services

The Mrs Wong Kwok Leong Student Wellness Centre is dedicated to providing students with top quality mental health support. This facility provides safe spaces for students to explore and manage their personal lives through attending sessions with our professional counsellors or simply to have a mental repose from the daily rigours of academic life.

Student Life

Campus life

Purpose-built over 4.5 hectares of prime Singapore land, SMU's campus is the first of its kind - designed, integrated and constructed in the heart of a fully developed cityscape.

Surrounded by museums, theatres, educational institutions, art galleries, cafés, restaurants and a range of retail outlets, planning and development of the SMU campus involved a broad spectrum of professional, community, civic and public groups who together were intent are on creating a unique city campus directed towards the challenges of the new millennium, and yet connected to the historical origins of this important district.

Sports facilities

The gym is located along the concourse under the School of Economics. Opened in Dec 2005, it is by far the biggest and has the most state-of-the-art equipment amongst Singapore institutions. Upgraded in 2010, it has 33 cardio machines, a wide variety of stack-weight machines, free weights, kettle bells, Purmotion equipment, strength bands, sleds, TRX, etc. What's more, each cardio machine is equipped with a programmable touch screen television!

What's more, the gym houses two studios — one for aerobic fitness or dance classes and the other, a Ladies Circuit Express! So move over private gyms, membership at the SMU Gym has its privileges!

Student clubs

The SMU Students' Association, also known as SMUSA, comprises of you!

All full-time matriculated SMU students are automatically a part of the Association.

Through the SMU Students's Association Council, which is the highest student leadership body in SMU, SMUSA represents the interests and welfare of all SMU students.

The highest leadership body of the Students’ Association, the Council is led by the elected President and comprises the Vice President, elected heads of the 8 Departments, 6 School Constituent Bodies (or CBds) and 4 CCA CBds in SMU.

Together, we strive to be an effective body that protects all students' rights and enhances student life in all capacities.


AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education which has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business programmes. According to AACSB, among all the institutions offering business degrees across Southeast Asia, SMU is one of only two universities that have earned accreditation in both business and accounting.

Student Reviews

SMU - a university for you
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
I really enjoy my time at SMU because the classes are very flexible, and work-life balance is very important to me. I also enjoy the small class sizes and there is a wonderful teacher to student ratio.