SMU will take individualised mastering to the upcoming amount with the start of its University of Integrative Scientific studies

  • SMU Higher education of Integrative Experiments will unveil a new tactic in education, cultivating deep, integrative interdisciplinarity in graduates
  • Students enrolled in the College’s flagship Individualised Main will be guided via a customised important that leverages their strengths, locations of desire and will allow them to reply to the dynamic desires of business and society
  • Yet another innovation the University provides is the Deferred Declaration of Degree Programme, which allows students to defer the declaration of their diploma programmes, offering learners an priceless window of opportunity to examine across disciplines in their initial 12 months

20 Might 2022 (Friday), Singapore – Singapore Administration University (SMU) today introduced the formation of the Faculty of Integrative Experiments (CIS). Very first of its kind in Singapore, the CIS will consider individualised finding out to the next degree and is a strategic aspect of the University’s Eyesight 2025 of escalating impression and reworking instruction. The CIS will serve as an incubator of interdisciplinary studying where by foreseeable future graduates will be geared up to glimpse past the boundaries of a solitary self-discipline, enabling them to make a daring pivot to the new realities of an ever-shifting world.

SMU President Prof Lily Kong describes, “The integration of disciplines and domains is how new information is made. We have set out to build a new technology of graduates who will be equipped to incorporate information domains, who can reply to market disruption in multi-dimensional and non-linear techniques. The School of Integrative Studies is ultimately about connecting suggestions and views across disciplines to derive new options in new places. By eradicating institutional limits on how learners can mix disciplines and programs, we provide an amazing degree of adaptability and assortment of permutations that can make this diploma knowledge responsive to the requires of authorities, company and modern society, and exciting for college students and associates alike.”

The SMU Vision 2025, which discovered a few strategic priorities of Electronic Transformation, Expansion in Asia, and Sustainable Dwelling, sets the College in line with the potential requirements of Singapore as perfectly as Asia. With the CIS, SMU deepens its determination to tackling the basic difficulties and chances of the upcoming, in these three priority places, in an integrative, multi-strategy method.

SMU has been a path-chief in the area of interdisciplinary instruction. This has been exemplified in the reimagined SMU Main Curriculum, rolled out considering the fact that 2019, and the variety of interdisciplinary majors and joint diploma programmes supplied by the College in excess of the years. As industries renovate, new and typically unconventional mixtures of domain awareness and ability sets are demanded. Businesses more and more seek graduates who can cross disciplinary boundaries with simplicity to go to to the complexities of fashionable economies and societies.

The CIS is the following step in SMU’s effort to tackle these realities, by transforming education and learning and cultivating adaptive dilemma solvers for the long term via flexible and integrative academic pathways. The School will nurture graduates who will discover methods over and above a solitary self-discipline or conventional paradigms and who will add to sector and culture in impactful techniques.


1. Essential components of CIS

The Faculty will welcome its very first intake of up to 100 college students in Academic Year 2023/24 and will be open up to all college students applying for admission to undergraduate diploma programmes at SMU.     

i. Deferred Declaration of Degree Programme (D3)

A crucial innovation that the Faculty provides is the Deferred Declaration of Diploma Programme (D3), which will allow learners to defer the declaration of their degree programmes, giving students an invaluable window of option above their 1st yr to discover the variety of disciplines obtainable to them at SMU, enabling them to make a extra intentional and informed decision.    

Below the D3 programme, college students enrol instantly into the CIS but can also reserve locations in up to two SMU Educational institutions. By the stop of their very first 12 months, a student on the D3 programme may well decide for one of 3 selections: (a) apply to the CIS’s Individualised Important programme (b) training a single of their two reserved destinations or (c) use to transfer to an additional SMU programme other than the two indicated at admission (topic to destination School’s acceptance).

ii. Individualised Key (IM)

This is the College’s flagship programme. The CIS is the only institution in Singapore offering students the alternative to individualise their majors with a selection from throughout the University’s whole suite of classes. Pupils will graduate with a Bachelor of Integrative Studies degree on the thriving completion of the diploma prerequisites. Allowing every scholar to customise and layout their major according to their individual strengths as effectively as the dynamic wants of industry and society, the CIS offers an avenue for college students to configure their have exclusive route that is aligned with their previous activities, present passions and future ambitions.

The IM lets for learners to pick out a specialist keep track of or a exploration keep track of:

  • The experienced track envisages close publicity to sector and real-planet troubles, enabling learners on this monitor to much better bridge the gap between their college scientific tests and upcoming work.
  • The study keep track of has a a lot more academic aim and is specifically suitable for learners with an interest in a study, government, or plan-generating job.
  • In the two tracks, the CIS will leverage on SMU’s field partnerships, our trademark in outstanding companion-centered get the job done-examine, and our SMU-X pedagogy which places marketplace and real-globe engagement at the centre of an experiential finding out expertise to assistance our pupils curate a programme match for the needs of contemporary economies and societies.

Each pupil enrolled in the IM will be totally guided and supported by a school advisor drawn from the CIS faculty or from the larger SMU faculty to curate a unique and robust curriculum. College students on the professional track will also be assigned an sector mentor, and will be guided by their advisors and mentors to individualise a significant in response to an sector or societal challenge (e.g. digital transformations in culture, or sustainable living in the age of environmental disruption). College students on the tutorial track will also be supervised through a dissertation which will hone their research capabilities and get ready the college student for long run get the job done in tutorial inquiry.

The CIS will admit its initial course of about 100 students in Tutorial Year 2023/24. They will all be admitted to the D3 programme in their to start with 12 months. Thereafter, all around 40 students from the very first 100 will be admitted into its flagship Individualised Important programme in their second 12 months.

Identical to diploma programmes presented at SMU, college students enrolled in the IM can go after worldwide college student exchange programmes, next majors, as well as will be authorized to go after double degree programmes. The typical complete program period for college students on the IM programme is 4 years, inclusive of the very first yr in the course of which the scholar would be on the D3 programme.          

iii. Individualised 2nd Main (ISM)

The CIS will also offer an Individualised 2nd Major. All pupils at SMU may opt to go through a Next Major, which has a smaller sized set of specifications than a Initial Big. Like the IM, the ISM will also have a skilled and exploration monitor. The CIS will acknowledge its initial batch of ISM college students in Educational Yr 2022/23.

Students at the moment enrolled in the college may perhaps apply for the ISM for enrollment from Academic 12 months 2022/23.  College students admitted to the college from Educational Yr 2022/23 might use for the ISM for enrolment from Tutorial Calendar year 2023/24 onwards.    

iv. The CIS School

Learners of the Higher education will reward from the pedagogy and knowledge of a earth-class school renown for slicing-edge interdisciplinary research. The CIS college of about two dozen highly regarded scholar-teachers come from a selection of disciplinary backgrounds. They include things like colleagues with experience in pc science, economics, environmental science, record, geography, law, literature, and political science quite a few of whom perform throughout disciplines and are specialists in some of the most significant difficulties and opportunities for Singapore and Asia’s future. In time, SMU anticipates an even much more numerous school with interests that intersect with and enhance the skills of school from its six Educational institutions.

The CIS builds on the strengths of the SMU Main Curriculum, a programme with interdisciplinarity at its very heart, and the CIS educating school have been instrumental in providing the nicely-obtained SMU Core Curriculum. Introduced in 2019, the Main Curriculum provides all SMU college students courses underneath the Abilities pillar to permit them to navigate the modern-day workplace, to acquire intercultural sensitivity in the programs less than the Communities pillar, and on the big questions that slice throughout time and space in programs sent under the Civilisations pillar.

Putting existing worries, this sort of as ecosystem/local weather, science and technological know-how and digitalisation at the forefront of research agendas, our faculty deliver their distinctive disciplinary perspectives jointly to address modern challenges in an integrative trend.


2. Suggestions on the CIS from marketplace practitioners

“We obviously see the added benefits in our industry of enabling learners to better have an understanding of the difficulties of integrative mastering with a deferred main declaration, as properly as providing strong mentorship from educational and field perspectives in the Individualised Key programme.” Mr Edmund Lin, Chairman of Southeast Asia, Bain & Corporation

“I hope to see future learners at the School graduating with a holistic and deeper appreciation for innovation, technologies, and city sustainability, equivalent to SMU learners whom CDL has supported over the years underneath the CDL Youthful SDG Leaders Fund and Develop4Great Challenge. I am assured that the curriculum formulated will equip students with the necessary skillsets and proficiencies to excel not only in the sustainability marketplace, but in the wider culture the place each and every unique is poised to make a distinction.” Ms Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, Metropolis Developments Minimal

“Just like how Lazada provides custom methods empowering all our retailers for success, SMU’s new Individualised Major has a comparable eyesight – to help college students merge information and skillsets across domains, and occur up with distinctive remedies that only an integrative strategy can provide. This programme speaks to the dynamic requires of the upcoming, and would be suitable for solving intricate troubles in the eCommerce industry which cuts across retail, technological innovation, logistics and payment companies. I’m energized to see the programme’s cadre of graduates.” Mr Loh Wee Lee, CEO, Lazada Singapore

“To be a changemaker in the planet, you need to consider in a different way. And the only way to innovate and disrupt is to synergise various strategies and concepts, therefore producing new means of accomplishing points. I have been functioning with SMU and its graduates for a when, and I have been continually amazed with their energy and push to thrive. The Faculty of Integrative Scientific tests, I feel, is a match changer for developing trailblazers who will help define the future and make a greater entire world in the years to occur.” — Mr Hian Goh, Founder & Typical Husband or wife, Openspace Ventures

“Business and modern society are altering, and the workforce wants to be very well organized to anticipate and react nimbly to new skill demands in the long term of operate. The curriculum made available by the School of Integrative Scientific tests at SMU will aid inter-disciplinary learning and develop abilities that tackle field requires. This is a welcome initiative to equip youthful graduates with important competencies that can enable them kickstart a productive job in a new worldwide economic climate.” — Mr Dennis Tan, CEO, Prudential Singapore