SMU's new college offers interdisciplinary courses for postgraduate research students

SINGAPORE – Students studying at Singapore Management University (SMU) for master’s and PhD programmes can now take courses and programmes from a range of disciplines such as law, commerce and technology in a new school.

This move by SMU comes amid increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary learning, which is to learn content beyond the boundaries of a single discipline.

Professor Wang Heli, dean of the new College of Graduate Research Studies, said it will not run its own programmes.

She said: “Rather we want to work with SMU’s schools such as law and business to tap existing content and see how it can be developed into interdisciplinary content which will enhance learning for our postgraduate research students.”

The college, the university’s eighth school, was launched on Thursday (Aug 11) during a ceremony at the SMU Administration building in Victoria Street.

Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said in a pre-recorded address at the event that the new college represents SMU’s efforts to build up its research capabilities.

Apart from its impactful research, the university has also been good at integrating disciplines, he added.

He said: “These two points are closely related because to conduct impactful research, you need to be able to integrate the strengths of different disciplines.

“This is increasingly a feature of effective problem-solving in a complex world.”


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