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Official launch of the Overseas Centre Ho Chi Minh City.
Growth in Asia

SMU launches new representative office in Vietnam

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SMU has officially launched its representative office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, known as the SMU Overseas Centre Ho Chi Minh City (OCHCMC) – a significant step in SMU’s mission to foster knowledge sharing and regional collaboration as a gateway university in Asia.

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Members of SMU Project Gazaab with local students in Nepal.
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SMU Overseas Community Service Project (OCSP) Project Gazaab aims to empower youths in Nepal by imparting business knowledge and skills to them, enabling them to realise their potential as entrepreneurs. For the 12th iteration of the project, SMU volunteers from Project Gazaab Nepal XII made the trek to Nepal’s remote mountain villages to teach local students entrepreneurial skills.

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SMU Provost Prof Timothy Clark (left) with Ms Mengchen Zhen of Boston University who won the Best Paper on Marketing at the Singapore Scholars Conference 2024.
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To systematically help postgraduate research students, SMU’s College of Graduate Research Studies held the second Singapore Rising Scholars Conference in May 2024, with 60 papers by presenters from 22 institutions around the world.

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SMU City Dialogues Bangkok 2024.
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The launch of the inaugural overseas edition of SMU City Dialogues took place in Bangkok on 9 May 2024, centred around the theme “Growing Asia’s Secondary Cities – Challenges and Opportunities.”

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SMu President Prof Lily Kong.
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SMU President Professor Lily Kong has been conferred the highly prestigious Royal Geographical Society Victoria Medal 2024 for conspicuous merit in social and cultural geography and in urban research.

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Odyssey 2024: Charting the Voyage
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SMU Odyssey – an annual student-led mentoring platform for professionals and students to forge connections – this year, embraced the theme Charting the Voyage and drew together close to 800 participants, including 220 alumni and 38 C-suite speakers across various industries.

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Earth Day is celebrated on 22nd April every year, dedicated to awareness about various environmental challenges that face our planet. Since 2006, SMU has embarked on a journey towards being a thought leader and solution partner in managing environmental change and contributing to sustainable city living. We highlight some of our latest research, thought leadership and achievements towards building a greener planet.
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To mark Earth Day 2024, SMU Engage provides a review of SMU’s recent contributions towards a greener planet through research, thought leadership, achievements, outreach and education.

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Assistant Professor Andree Hartanto has been named APS Rising Star.
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Assistant Professor Andree Hartanto from the SMU School of Social Sciences has been recognised as a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). APS presents the Rising Star Award to outstanding APS members in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD and recognises researchers whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.

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SMU’s public lecture, “Growing Up in an Al-Fuelled World: Reflections on Childhood Amid Digital Acceleration”, helmed by SMU Vice President (Partnerships and Engagement) and Professor of Communication and Technology, Lim Sun Sun (left), on 5 April 2024, gave insights about the pivotal role that parents play as the key architects of their child's media environments.
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SMU President Prof Lily Kong gave the Keynote Address at the launch event for the inaugural Social Sciences and Humanities Ideas Festival. As part of the Festival, SMU’s College of Integrative Studies (CIS) organised a public lecture titled “Growing Up in an AI-Fuelled World: Reflections on Childhood Amid Digital Acceleration" helmed by SMU Vice President (Partnerships and Engagement) and Professor of Communication and Technology Lim Sun Sun.

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Dr Tony Tan presenting a copy of his book to PM Lee Hsien Loong at the book launch.
Engaged City University

Dr Tony Tan launches memoir at SMU

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Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, the seventh President of Singapore from 2011-2017, and Honorary Patron and Distinguished Senior Fellow at SMU, launched his book, “Tony Tan Keng Yam: My Political Journey”, at SMU on Tuesday, 12 March 2024. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the Guest of Honour at the event.

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(L–R) Ms Deborah Ho, BlackRock’s country head of Singapore and regional head of Southeast Asia; Prof Lily Kong, SMU President; Ms Tan Su Shan, Group Head of Institutional Banking at DBS; and Ms Png Chin Yee, CFO of Temasek.
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SMU President Prof Lily Kong was one of the eminent participants in “Inspiring Inclusion in a fragmented world”, a panel discussion hosted by BlackRock Singapore in celebration of International Women’s Day 2024.

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