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Justice Andrew Phang presenting the newly launched book to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Engaged City University

The life and legacy of a pioneer, polymath and mentor

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A book examining the remarkable life and legacy of Dr Yong Pung How was launched at SMU on 11 April 2024. Dr Yong was the second Chief Justice of Singapore between 1990 and 2006 and served as the Chancellor of SMU between 2010 and 2015. In 2021, SMU renamed the School of Law to include Dr Yong Pung How's name as a recognition for his founding contributions to the University.

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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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The Final Pitch event for WiE marked the culmination of a transformative journey for aspiring female social entrepreneurs, focused on creating tangible solutions aimed at tackling the current and pressing health, social and environmental challenges of society
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SMU celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) 2024 with a slew of inspiring initiatives, that many women and allies in the SMU community were able to take part in and enjoy.

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SMU Asst Prof Jerrold Soh speaking at the Straits Times Education Forum 2024.
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SMU was again partner and host of The Straits Times Education Forum, which examined the opportunities and challenges around AI, and the critical issues demanding solutions from policymakers, companies, and individuals. Moderated by SMU Professor Lim Sun Sun, it featured Mr Ben King from Google, Mr Tan Kok Yam from SkillsFuture and SMU Asst Prof Jerrold Soh.

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SMU Singapore Green Finance Centre Director Ms Nikki Kemp (2nd from right).
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At the 3rd annual Sustainability Week Asia, organised by Economist Impact in Bangkok, three of the panels featured SMU’s academics and experts sharing their profound perspectives while exchanging knowledge with other sustainability-minded individuals from various sectors.

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SMU President Prof Lily Kong (4th from L) and SMU Provost Prof Timothy Clark (4th from R) with SMOO (centre), senior faculty and staff, and student leaders at SMU Open House 2024.
Transformative Education

Getting ready to take on the world

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Open House 2024 saw the largest turnout in SMU’s history, with more than 20,000 visitors to the SMU campus over two days. Visitors were offered 118 information sessions, in-depth talks, and sample classes so they could get an idea of how their SMU journey could be.

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