Vision and Mission

Vision

To be a premier university, internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching.

Mission 

To create and disseminate knowledge. SMU aspires to generate leading-edge research with global impact as well as to produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. SMU is committed to an interactive, participative and technologically enabled learning experience. Towards this end, it will provide a rewarding and challenging environment for faculty, staff and students to kindle and sustain a passion for excellence.

Vision 2025

In marking SMU’s 15th anniversary, the University’s Chairman, Board of Trustees and senior leaders endorsed a bold vision called SMU Vision 2025. In his State of the University Address on 29 August 2014, SMU President Professor Arnoud De Meyer explained how this Vision aims to build SMU into a great university.
 

To be a great and iconic global-city university in Asia that excels in tackling the world’s complexities and impacting humanity positively and producing leaders of tomorrow through its transformative education and multi-disciplinary research to provide insights in solving these problems.

A TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION OF SPECIALIZED SOCIAL SCIENCES DISCIPLINES THAT PRODUCES FUTURE GENERATIONS OF GRADUATES CAPABLE OF SOLVING COMPLEX PROBLEMS AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO HUMANITY.

  1. By evolving towards a specialized university in Social Sciences with a complete portfolio of distinctive programs by our schools, and with a curriculum that anticipates the real needs of the future.
  2. By producing future-ready graduates with the breadth and depth of knowledge, articulate, self-initiating, ethically and socially responsible and capable of helping to solve real world problems.
  3. By fostering a culture of excellence in initiating and leading changes that transcends all levels of students, faculty, and staff.

A LEADER IN CUTTING-EDGE AND LARGE-SCALE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN KEY AREAS OF EXCELLENCE THAT PROVIDES INSIGHTS AND SOLUTIONS CAPABLE OF MAKING HIGH-IMPACT CONTRIBUTION TO PEOPLE AND COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.

  1. By providing strong support to our research initiatives with a combination of our seed capital and through research grants from government and corporate sponsors.
  2. By developing solutions through our areas of excellence and expertise that would impact Asia - including Southeast Asia - and the rest of the world.
  3. By fostering a culture of excellence amongst students, faculty and staff in providing insights that trigger solutions to overcome the challenges, problems and opportunities in their respective area of work.

A PRE-EMINENT AND ESTEEMED GLOBAL CITY UNIVERSITY IN ASIA.

  1. By leveraging our location: Integrate SMU into the city and its stakeholder groups of business, education, arts and sports and the city residents through our academic and student life activities. 
  2. By developing the SMU Village: Build a project-based, living and experiential learning environment for students, and cultivate lifelong engagement and affiliation with alumni and the community within our city precinct. 
  3. By organizing and reinventing SMU with a strong service orientation and excellence at all levels:
    1. Students’ continued involvement in its stewardship community service programs both locally and overseas.
    2. Faculty’s involvement in service in communities in and outside of SMU: internally, in school administration, special projects, task forces in academic and research matters; externally, serving in education institutions, government agencies and commercial entities; and outreach and recruitment activities locally and overseas;
    3. Administrative staff’s involvement in enhancing organization vitality through business improvement processes, productivity, financial sustainability and community outreach
  4. By enlarging our international footprint: Pursue an integrated strategy of building strong global alliances as well as marketing and internationalizing the SMU brand and reputation through excellence in our teaching and research.

CIRCLE Values (Our Shared Values)

  • Commitment
    Sticking to an agreement and seeing a project through to completion even when the going gets tough.
  • Integrity
    Being honest and truthful with yourself and especially with others.
     
  • Responsibility
    The voluntary act of holding oneself accountable for one's own actions.
     
  • Collegiality
    Collegiality means more than just getting along with people. It means being a responsible citizen within the University community. 
     
  • Leadership
    Leadership is an influence, a conviction and a responsibility a team establishes. 
     
  • Excellence
    Excellence entails giving your very best in every endeavour you undertake.

 

Last updated on 31 Aug 2015.