Singapore Management University

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. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Highly interactive pedagogy
  • Innovative curriculum
  • Cutting-edge research with business knowledge

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Law (1)



SMU's journey began in 1997, when the Singapore government first mooted the idea of a third university for the country. The government wanted SMU to be an experiment in diversity. The experiment began with the choice of the Chairman of the new institution, Mr Ho Kwon Ping, a renowned and successful business entrepreneur. 


The Singapore Management University places a high priority on developing and maintaining a consistent corporate image to reinforce its status and position, both in the local and wider communities.

To effectively protect the university's brand, we have developed guidelines to ensure consistent implementation of SMU's visual identity.


From Singapore, the strategic hub of Asia, SMU applies its knowledge and global perspective in an Asian context to bridge concepts and provide critical insights. SMU research aims to create significant impact by addressing these five societal challenges: Economies & Financial Markets, Social Fabric & Quality of Life, Boundaries & Borders, Sustainability, Innovation & Technology.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
477 23
500 -59
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Student services

International students play an important role in contributing to the multi-cultural character of SMU. This diverse university population contributes significantly to cross-cultural understanding and allows for a deeper awareness of world issues.

The Diversity, Inclusion & Integration (DII) team annually plans a series of social and recreational programmes to engage our international students. These activities provide opportunities for integration with the university community and are aimed at enhancing your student experience.

Housing services

SMU Prinsep Street Residences (PSR) is an innovative communal living concept for young studying adults - the answer to the millennial’s desire for open spaces of living and interaction.

Library services

Designed as learning and research spaces for the SMU community, SMU Libraries, through its two locations, Li Ka Shing and Kwa Geok Choo Libraries, offers a range of spaces and support the SMU community. 

Student Life

Campus life

The SMU campus is the first of its kind – designed, integrated and constructed in the heart of a fully developed cityscape.

Purpose-built over 4.5 hectares of prime Singapore land, the SMU campus is surrounded by museums, theatres, educational institutions, art galleries, cafés, restaurants and a range of retail outlets.

The planning and development involved a broad spectrum of professional, community, civic and public groups. The goal was to create a unique city campus equipped to accommodate the new millennium, yet remain connected to the historical origins of this important district.

Sports facilities

The Sports Hall is located on Level 3 of the SMU Administration Building. The flexible facility caters to a number of sports activities including archery, badminton, basketball, floorball, handball, martial arts, tchoukball, volleyball and other indoor sports. The Sports Hall also features an 11-metre high rock wall for rock-climbing enthusiasts. 

Student clubs

  • ASOC

Student Reviews

International mobility: a must
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It's been quite hard because of the country (Singapore) but I've liked it a lot: the University (awesome educational system and facilities, honestly), the so welcoming and friendly people (in spite of what I thought before going) and the beautiful countries I've been able to travel to from there (Malasya, Indonesia, Vietnam...). I wouldn't change a thing.

SMU - a university for you
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoy my time at SMU because the classes are very flexible, and work-life balance is very important to me. I also enjoy the small class sizes and there is a wonderful teacher to student ratio.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Singapore is considered one of the most expensive cities in the world. The cost of living is very expensive, especially the accommodation (apartments, residences...) and social events (clubs entrance, taxi, alcoholic drinks). However, the food is not expensive, food courts are very popular there, where you can find many types of food from several countries for very...

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