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Community Service

SMU takes pride in preparing students to be responsible citizens who demonstrate leadership and integrity where they live and work.

In 2016, SMU was the inaugural winner of the President's Volunteerism and Philanthropy Awards for the educational institutions category, for its efforts and resolve to nurture graduates with a strong community service ethos.

All SMU undergraduates are required to complete at least 80 hours of community service as part of their curriculum, while those in the Juris Doctor (JD) programme must complete a minimum of 50 hours. In reality, the graduation requirements belie the true passion of our students who, on average, contribute well over 130 community service hours throughout their years at SMU. As the first university in Singapore to make community service a graduation requirement for all students, SMU has devoted more than 2.5 million hours in service towards the community.

The Centre for Social Responsibility (C4SR) and SMU community service clubs provide students with many opportunities to work with beneficiaries and non-profit organisations supporting various causes. These include overseas and local community service projects along with events like the annual SMU Challenge. C4SR also works with external enterprises to impart leadership skills and encourage volunteerism among students through talks and other initiatives. It has established many awards and grants to recognise outstanding student achievements.

Download a list of all the clubs and societies [PDF, 119KB].


Last updated on 9 Nov 2017.