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SMU has established undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that aim to produce leaders and creative entrepreneurs capable of excelling in a rapidly changing and dynamic world. Set up as Singapore's first private university offering a style of education modelled after The Wharton School, SMU occupies a state-of-the-art city campus located in the heart of Singapore's civic, cultural and business districts.
Today, SMU is home to more than 6,000 students and comprises six schools: the School of Accountancy; Lee Kong Chian School of Business; School of Economics; School of Information Systems; School of Law; and School of Social Sciences.
SMU offers six bachelor's degree programmes in Accountancy, Business Management, Economics, Information Systems Management, Laws, and Social Science; eleven Master's programmes in Applied Economics, Applied Finance, Applied Finance (China), Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Professional Accounting, IT in Business (Financial Services), Management, Operations Management and Wealth Management; a newly launched Juris Doctor Programme; and PhD programmes in Economics and in Information Systems. A PhD programme in Finance will soon be launched.
The University also has a dedicated Graduate Studies Office in the Office of Research, a number of institutes and centres of excellence, and provides public and customised programmes for working professionals through its Office of Executive Education. Collaborations with leading institutions, including The Wharton School, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Chicago, allow SMU to draw on academic and research strengths across all major disciplines.
To deliver a world-class curriculum, SMU has some 287 faculty who are selectively recruited from around the world to advance knowledge in teaching and research. They form an experienced and committed pool of talent who reinforce SMU's unique pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes, creative thinking and dynamic exchange of ideas between faculty and students. In addition to recruiting some of the best academics in their fields, SMU also calls upon successful leaders in business and their professions for their specific expertise to combine academic vigour with hands-on business savvy.
By pioneering business, economic, legal, social science and technology oriented programmes that meet these needs, SMU has redefined tertiary education in Singapore. Already the University has achieved a high degree of recognition and respect in Singapore, Asia and beyond.
The Singapore Management University was officially incorporated on January 12, 2000, and is Singapore's first private university funded by the government.
Presently, SMU is home to more than 6,000 students and comprises six schools offering undergraduate and graduate programmes in Business Management, Accountancy, Economics, Information Systems Management, Law and the Social Sciences. The University also has a dedicated Office of Research, a number of centres of excellence, and provides public and customised programmes for working professionals through its Office of Executive Education.
The idea of setting up a third university in Singapore was first mooted by the Singapore government in 1997. Not wanting to simply follow in the mould of existing local universities which had inherited the British model of specialised education, it was decided that the University would essentially be an experiment in diversity within the local education system.