Singapore Management University Changemaker Campus

Singapore Management University (SMU) is the first and only autonomous university situated at the heart of the Central Business District. Open courtyards and free-flowing walkways integrate the school with activities of the city. Seminar rooms are also purpose-built in a tiered horseshoe shape to stimulate and encourage students’ interaction and participation in class – a hallmark of SMU’s famed interactive pedagogy. Our campus and facilities are designed to encourage critical thinking, leadership, innovation and communication. It is a fertile ground for learning as well as nurturing the innovativeness that SMU students are known for. At SMU, we encourage students to make a difference to those in need by giving back to the community in meaningful ways. Through serving the less advantaged, students will in return gain important insights that give them a keen awareness about society’s needs and help them develop a transformative sense of social responsibility. On average, students in the graduating class of 2014 completed 140 community service hours each (60 hours over the mandatory 80 hours) towards improving the lives of others. Since our inception in 2000, SMU students have contributed more than 2.2 million hours of community service across the world. 76% were involved in local community service projects while 24% were part of the 169 overseas projects undertaken across 18 countries.

Changemaker Campus

Launched in 2008, Ashoka offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.