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 around 9,300 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 with five university-wide areas of excellence: Analytics for Business, Consumer & Social Insights; Urban Management & Sustainability; Ageing & Healthcare Management; Finance & Financial Markets; and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. 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.
More information on research across the university here: https://research.smu.edu.sg
About the SMU School of Information Systems
The School of Information Systems (SIS) has over 50 full-time faculty members working in these five main areas: Cybersecurity; Data Management & Analytics; Information Systems & Management; Intelligent Systems & Decision Analytics; and Software & Cyber-Physical Systems. In addition, SIS is active in interdisciplinary work at the intersection of Social Sciences & Computing, Learning & Information Systems Education as well as Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Systems. SIS is also deeply involved in all the five SMU Areas of Excellence. We have well-funded centres, labs and research initiatives that interlace and cross-connect our five main areas and interdisciplinary efforts with one another, and with the university-wide Areas of Excellence.
SIS is an exceptionally supportive and inspirational environment for academic scholarship and research, applied R&D projects, and innovative educational initiatives. SMU’s unique positioning of a university focused on management and social sciences, that additionally has SIS, a school with very strong computing, IT, and Information Systems, provides rich opportunities for integrating computing and IS with “management” and “social.” SIS has flourished at this interaction.
More information on SIS research here: https://sis.smu.edu.sg/research/overview
SIS has Ph.D. in Information Systems programme with about 75 students. Ph.D. students can concentrate in any of our four computer science oriented technology research areas, or in our one management science oriented Information Systems & Management research area. We encourage our doctoral students to be strong in their core area, as well as to do integrative work at the boundaries of two or more of the areas within the school, or at the boundaries of SIS and other SMU schools.
The School offers a professionally oriented Master of IT in Business (MITB), a masters-by-coursework programme. The programme has nearly 300 students. There is an MITB (Financial Technology) track focusing on FinTech and the integration of Technology & Operations in Banking, the MITB (Analytics) track focusing on applied analytics for business, consumer and social insights, and a MITB (Financial Services Analytics Track) that brings together Analytics with Financial Services.
Our professionally oriented undergraduate programme, the BSc (Information Systems), has over 1,000 students and has been remarkably successful in the realms of demonstrating educational innovations and creating a culture of learning, establishing external linkages and partnerships with industry, government and the social sector, and with job placement. We have an entrepreneurial student body, and many SIS undergraduates have gone on to create or participate in start-ups.
SMU SIS-Carnegie Mellon Partnership
Since its founding in 2003, SMU SIS has had close working ties with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). In our early days, CMU faculty members actively participated in SMU SIS faculty selection and mentoring, and in the design of our SIS academic programmes. Since 2010, the SMU SIS-Carnegie Mellon Partnership has refocused around joint research initiatives. The first phase of the Living Analytics Research Centre, known as LARC (2011 through mid-2016) grew out of this SIS- Carnegie Mellon Partnership. The second phase of LARC (mid 2016 – 2021) continues and further deepens this strong relationship. Through the 2nd phase of LARC, Carnegie Mellon faculty from multiple parts of CMU will continue to spend residency time at SIS.