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.

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SMU-X

SMU-X is the university's latest learning experiment in which lessons will be centred on solving real-world problems through projects. A public policy management course, for instance, may be taught by getting students to work with a social welfare agency to draw up programmes for disadvantaged families. Professors will guide students through their projects. The courses will be open to all students. Each will offer around 50 places. Students will earn credits from the semester-long courses and they will be graded on their participation and the final outcome of the project. To support this new initiative, several facilities have been put in place - SMU Labs and the newly renovated Li Ka Shing Library which boasts several active learning classrooms with flexible furniture, a multi-screen environment, 24/7 Learning Commons, the White Room for brainstorming, the Huddle Room, discussion booths, the One Button Studio for presentations and co-working spaces, amongst others.

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SMU LifeLessons

A first in Singapore's tertiary sector, the SMU LifeLessons is a structured programme that looks at values-based education through multiple platforms. It aims to maximise students' out-of-classroom learning experiences through their participation in community service, internships, student exchange programmes, sports clubs, arts groups, special interest groups and other student-related events and activities.

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SMU GROW

Freshly launched by SMU, GROW is an urban farming initiative that invites people within and outside SMU to join the movement on sustainable living – not just to grow a garden of food but to build a greener future and better lives for the community. SMU believes that a transformative education begins with ‘U’ sowing the seeds and taking steps to make a difference through building a green and sustainable community for tomorrow. Tying in with other efforts by SMU to encourage students to build meaningful, creative and wholesome experiences – developing a values-based reflection journal, SMU LifeLessons Pathfinder, and SMU-X – we hope that more of such initiatives will mushroom.img5-2

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Jonathan Chang Executive Director of Lien Centre for Social Innovation

My commitment to social entrepreneurship and innovation came into full circle when I was in Rwanda to conduct research into whether entrepreneurship could be used as a tool for social change and to teach entrepreneurship at a local leadership academic. All of my students were genocide survivors and had lost at least one of their parents. At the end of my entrepreneurship course, I asked every student to come up with a viable business plan. There was one young girl who wanted to utilize her education background in engineering to develop a chemical waste recycling business. What was so inspiring was that she wanted to use the business to address the high unemployment rate facing her community, and to heal the wounds of Rwanda’s civil war by promoting conflict resolution and unity. Through her, I saw a connection between my passion in entrepreneurship and the social impact of it. That experience changed the trajectory of my career and subsequently my life. I referenced this experience at my TEDx talk at Harvard.

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Bervyn Lee Associate Dean of Students

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Devi Head of Centre for Social Responsibility

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Gan Hup Associate Director (Projects) @ SMU-X

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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.