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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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Prof Arnoud De Meyer developed the case study, “Schneider Electric: Optimising Business Opportunities from its Regional HQ in Singapore".
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In an increasingly globalised economy, expansion beyond one’s home market helps to unlock revenue potential, diversify one’s customer base and broaden the scope of investment opportunities. For multinational companies with a strong international presence, the next step to cementing their positions in global markets lies in successfully establishing regional headquarters.

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How did digital adaptation during Covid-19 accelerate the possibility of a sustainable future?
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It has been six years since 196 countries signed the Paris Agreement to mitigate the effects of man-made climate change, and two since Greta Thunberg delivered her powerful speech at the UN Climate Change Action Summit.

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A study by the SMU Centre for Research on Successful Ageing found that segments of older adults remained less inclined to vaccinate against COVID-19.
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As of June 2021, the Singapore government has fully vaccinated almost half of the population in tandem with private clinics. This means the nation is on track to meet its goal of vaccinating at least 75 per cent of its 5.7million residents and citizens by October 2021.

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In the financial industry, the effects of gender discrimination, beauty bias, and their interaction are conditional, and may be affected by culture.
Social Fabric and Quality of Life

Gender and beauty in the financial analyst profession

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It has been over three years since the #MeToo movement first gathered steam and threw a spotlight on gender inequality in the workplace. The rise of the pandemic, however, has impacted the momentum of the movement: This year, a report of Women in Work by PwC revealed that women’s job losses during Covid-19 outpaced that of men’s, and women also experienced a disproportionate burden of unpaid care work during the global crisis.

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ASEAN companies and governments can tap on youths to show the way forward for cross-border collaborations and greater understanding within the region
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As any avid Facebook user might be aware, vlogger Nas Daily has recently been accused of being disrespectful of Filipino culture. He was alleged to have scammed a revered Filipino tattooist into conducting an online course featured on his website, and of being impudent during interactions with another Filipino social entrepreneur.

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A case study of Singapore real estate company Mapletree.
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Going global is often part of a burgeoning business’ roadmap for scaling up. But while international expansion into new markets can deliver exponential returns, it could also unleash a plethora of complex new challenges – a scenario that is all the more heightened in the cutthroat realm of real estate.

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Covid-19 has accelerated the move from physical stores to online platforms by about five years.
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From online marketplace behemoths like Amazon, Taobao, Shopee and Lazada, to digitally native, direct-to-consumer brands, e-commerce is a thriving, rapidly burgeoning sector. The exponential growth of online retail has been further fuelled by the pandemic: According to findings from the IBM US Retail Index, Covid-19 has accelerated the move from physical stores to online platforms by about five years.

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SMU SKBI Panel Discussions on ESG Measurements & Standards 2021
Accounting and Corporate Governance

Navigating ESG measurement challenges

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Sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) investing is on the rise. But with SRI investing called out as “marketing hype” by sceptics like Mr Tariq Fancy, the former chief investment officer for sustainable investing at BlackRock Inc, the importance of measuring and assessing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impact on investment is more pertinent now than ever before. 

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SMU Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre co-organised Singapore Creator Awards 2021 webinar "Decoding User Designs in the New Normal".
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Covid-19 has touched multiple aspects of daily living and interactions. How can design research, design thinking, and user design help us navigate the many unprecedented challenges we’re faced with in this new normal? Co-organised by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre and the SMU Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, The Singapore Creator Awards 2021 webinar — Decoding User Designs in the New Normal, explored these issues, and more, earlier this year.

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SMU released a working paper titled “The Psychosocial Well-being of Older Adults in Covid-19 and the ‘New Normal’.
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Wander through a housing estate in Singapore, even in the midst of pandemic restriction measures, and chances are you would find groups of elderly residents mingling at void decks, pavilions, gardens and playgrounds. Loneliness is a feeling experienced by millions across the globe during lockdowns and social distancing initiatives.

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