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The SMU Office of Postgraduate Professional Progammmes (OPGPP) was established in 2011 to support the growth of SMU Masters programmes and its students. Under the leadership of its founding Dean, Professor Philip Charles Zerrillo, OPGPP started with a focus on international marketing but have since taken a larger role of student development and academic coordination. OPGPP works closely with all SMU Masters programmes on matters such as orientation and on-boarding, student handbook and academic regulations, running the Professional Development Series workshops and student life activities during term break.

The PGPP team consists of:

Associate Professor Themin Suwardy

Dean, Postgraduate Professional Programmes
Tel: 6828 0399

Ivan Low

Associate Director, Postgraduate Professional Programmes
Tel: 6828 0309

Winston Wee Tze Lin

Digital Mobile Marketing Specialist
Tel: 6808 5119

Faye Qiao Feifei

Senior Manager,Marketing & Admissions
Tel: 6808 5312

Cheah Hsiang Hung

Manager, Graduate Student Initiatives
Tel: 6808 5260

Emily Sim

Manager, Postgraduate Professional Programmes
Tel: 6808 7988

Giam Yuan Yuan

Senior Assistant Manager
Tel: 6808 5240

Zarifah Binti Mohamad

Assistant Manager, Student Development
Tel: 6808 7997

Established in 2000, Singapore Management University (SMU) was modelled after the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School with the aim of being a different university in Singapore and forging new frontiers in business education for Singapore and Asia. SMU comprises six schools: School of Accountancy, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Economics, School of Information System, School of Law, and School of Social Sciences. With over 9,000 postgraduate and undergraduate students, SMU offers a range of master’s, bachelor’s and PhD degree programmes with the six schools.

Our highly interactive pedagogy imbues critical thinking while honing leadership and articulation skills. The innovative curriculum designed by both academics and industry experts combine cutting-edge research with business knowledge. Internationally recognised for world-class research and distinguished teaching, SMU emphasises multidisciplinary learning that addresses Asian issues of global relevance. SMU faculty enjoy a unique pedagogical advantage teaching with SMU-developed cases that are world-class and international award-winning.

SMU's over 300 world-class faculty members from 30 nationalities are sought from top universities and are thought leaders in their respective disciplines globally. Uniquely situated in the heart of the downtown Singapore, SMU’s state-of-the-art city campus fosters strategic linkages with businesses, the government and wider community.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) objectively ranks universities based on 11 key pillars that construe a world-class university.
In 2016, SMU received a 5-Star rating in the QS Stars Asian Universities Rankings across six categories:

  1. Overall Excellence
  2. Employability
  3. Facilities
  4. Inclusiveness
  5. Internationalisation
  6. Specialisation: Social Sciences and Management

In 2011, SMU became the youngest institution to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) for its business and accountancy programmes across the postgraduate and undergraduate curriculum. AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

In 2016, SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB) and School of Accountancy (SOA) both earned re-accreditation for another five years from AACSB. Among all the institutions offering business degrees across Southeast Asia, SMU is one of only two universities that have earned accreditation in both business and accounting, and fewer than 25 per cent of AACSB accredited schools have attained accreditation in both fields.

SMU has launched several first-of-its-kind master’s programmes such as the IE-SMU Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Innovation, and Master of Science in Wealth Management, besides the MTSC and others.

SMU’s School of Accountancy (SOA) is ranked #1 in Asia (and #3 in the world) for both Archival Financial Research and All Topics Archival Research in the Brigham Young University’s Accounting Research Rankings in 2016. It is also ranked #1 in Asia in the category of All Publications. Furthermore, many SOA faculty members have won or earned honourable mentions in several international awards for their teaching and innovative pedagogy, including the CEEMAN Champion Award, Bea Sanders/AICPA Teaching Innovation Award, Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Award, and the AAA Innovation in Accounting Education by the American Accounting Association.

In 2011, LKCSB also received a five-year EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation. For both EQUIS and AACSB accreditations, the School has the distinction of being one of the youngest schools in the world to be accredited.

SMU’s LKCSB is currently ranked #3 in Asia (and #40 worldwide) in the University of Texas, Dallas Top 100 Worldwide Business School Rankings Based on Research Contributions (All Journals).

SMU LKCSB has ranked well in the Financial Times (FT) Rankings. In the FT Global Masters in Finance Rankings 2016, LKCSB was ranked 1st in Asia and 3rd in the world for Master of Science in Wealth Management programme (Post-experience Ranking), and 4th among Asian business schools for Master of Science in Applied Finance programme (Pre-experience Ranking). In the FT Executive MBA (EMBA) Ranking 2015, LKCSB’s EMBA programme was 36th in the world, 10th among Asian business schools, and the highest-ranked new entrant then.

Our School of Economics (SOE) is ranked 2nd in Asia and 60th in the world in Tilburg University’s Top 100 Economics Schools Research Ranking (2011-2015), and is also ranked in the top five globally in the sub-specialisation of econometrics. In 2014, SOE was awarded a $10 million multidisciplinary grant on “Ageing and Healthcare Economics”, the first ever top-tier research grant awarded in Singapore to a social science discipline. This research is conducted under the auspices of SMU's Centre for Research on the Economics of Ageing. In addition to research in health economics, SOE faculty are also actively involved in research in the areas of econometrics, international trade and trade policy, urban and real estate economics, and macroeconomics, among others.

The School of Information Systems (SIS) has been and successful in securing and operating larger-scale, externally-funded research centres and labs. As of end of June 2016, the cumulative funding received by SIS from all external R&D sources (not including the Singapore Ministry of Education Tier 1 funds) has exceeded S$105 million. SIS runs SMU’s largest postgraduate programme, the Master of IT in Business (MITB). We introduced the third track for our Master of IT in Business (MITB) – the Financial Services Analytics Track in August 2016. All three MITB tracks have been the first of their kind in Singapore and Asia. SIS extends SMU's research and education efforts into the areas of Information Systems Technology, Information Systems Management, and problems at the intersection of IS technology and management.

SMU will welcome our new School of Law (SOL) Building by 2017. It will house a Law Library, the David Marshall Moot Court, the SMU Pro Bono Centre, and other research centres. SMU and the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) launched an innovative Dual Master of Laws (LLM) in Commercial Law (Singapore and London) programme in 2016. In August 2015, SOL launched the Master of Laws in Cross-Border Business and Finance Law in Asia, which trains students in a broad range of cross-border legal issues that businesses in Asia are likely to encounter. SMU’s law graduates are trained to contextualise legal expertise and to think across disciplines and geographical borders.

Our School of Social Sciences (SOSS) was established with the aim to offer students the very first multi-disciplinary social sciences programme in Singapore. Adopting a holistic and integrative approach to the study of social issues, we give our students an unrivalled versatility that will always keep them relevant. The Tri-Sector Forum, organised by the SMU Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration (MTSC) and SOSS annually, brings together leaders from the government, businesses and civil society organisations to discuss the crucial role of cross-sector collaboration in addressing Asia’s complex and multidisciplinary challenges. The MTSC is a ground-breaking programme designed from scratch by SOSS, and is the first such programme in Asia.

SMU has 28 specialised research centres and institutes including The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Centre for Marketing Excellence, The BNP Paribas Hedge Fund Centre, The Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, The International Trading Institute and The Institute of Service Excellence, which generate relevant and high-impact multi-disciplinary research along with the six schools.


Last updated on 15 Aug 2017.