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School of Information Systems

Founded in 2003, the SMU School of Information Systems (SIS) was incorporated to provide a learning platform for students to actively acquire relevant IT skills and pursue research in the areas of Information Systems Technology and Information Systems Management. Under the school’s programmes, students undergo intensive training in design-based thinking and problem-solving, creating and leveraging IT business solutions to drive business innovation and transformation and in managing complex projects.

Despite being relatively young, SIS has developed exceptional project capabilities and strong technology-based research skills in six strategic areas:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Management & Analytics
  • Information Systems & Management
  • Intelligent Systems & Decision Analytics
  • Software and Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Learning & Information Systems
  • Since its inception, SIS has had a strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, making the collaborative launch of the Living Analytics Research Centre (http://larc.smu.edu.sg) possible. Other significant research initiatives include the LiveLabs Urban Lifestyle Innovation Platform, the iCity Lab (with Tata Consulting Services), the Green Transformation Lab (with DHL), the Pinnacle Lab for Analytics (with Ping An Insurance Group), and the Urban Management & Analytics Lab.

    For more information about SMU’s SIS, please feel free to visit http://sis.smu.edu.sg.

    Singapore Management University

    A premier university in Asia, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is internationally recognised for its world-class research and distinguished teaching. Established in 2000, SMU’s mission is to generate leading-edge research with global impact and produce broad-based, creative and entrepreneurial leaders for the knowledge-based economy. SMU education is known for its highly interactive, collaborative and project-based approach to learning, and for its technologically enabled pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes.

    Home to over 8,300 undergraduate and postgraduate students, SMU comprises six schools: 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 a wide range of bachelors’, masters’ and PhD degree programmes in the disciplinary areas associated with the six schools, as well as in interdisciplinary combinations of these areas.

    SMU has an emphasis on generating rigorous, high-impact, and relevant multi-disciplinary research that addresses Asian issues of global relevance. SMU faculty members collaborate with leading international researchers and universities from USA, Europe, China and India, as well as with partners in the business community and public sector, through its research institutes, centres and labs. SMU’s city campus is a state-of-the art facility located in the heart of downtown Singapore, fostering strategic linkages with business, government and the wider community.

    For more information about SMU, please feel free to visit www.smu.edu.sg.


    Singapore, also known as the ‘little red dot’, has progressed remarkably since her independence in 1945. Today, Singapore is rapidly taking its place among the world’s premier global cities, where talented professionals from all around the world gather to share innovative ideas and start new businesses.

    Located strategically in the heart of Southeast Asia and at the nexus of major shipping lanes, Singapore is an important logistics hub and conduit for world trade. Highly efficient customs and business-friendly import/export procedures offer companies greater efficiencies in obtaining clearance/documentation/permits for their goods, attracting many multi-national corporations into the country. Today, 20 of the top 25 global logistics players, including DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, Sankyu, Schenker, Toll, UPS and Yusen Logistics have set up regional or global headquarter functions here.

    Singapore has recently been recognised by the World Economic Forum as the most network-ready environment in Asia in terms of market, political and regulatory infrastructure for connectivity. There are also high levels of individual, business and government readiness and usage of technology, allowing Singapore to be ranked as the most attractive as an investment location, both regionally and globally (Economist Intelligence Unit, Country Forecasts Report 2014).

    Apart from her strong economic performance, Singapore also boasts a vibrant city life and diverse culture, attributing to her multi-racial, multi-religious society. With the addition of the Marina Bay Sands, 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay and the South East Asia Aquarium to our urban landscape, it is no wonder why Lonely Planet picked Singapore as the world’s top travel destination for 2015.