SMU Maritime Merchants Society
The Maritime Merchants Society is the student body that represents all students who are in the International Trading Track (ITT) and Maritime Businesses and Operations Track (MBOT). The club is a new collaboration between the two specializations in an effort to raise the profiles of the Shipping and Commodities sectors among the SMU body.
Students can expect to gain further insights into these industries through non-credit classes taught by industry practitioners that range from tanker chartering and ship brokering to applications of data analytics and how robotics and automation are applied in both sectors.
- Know-Thy Commodities (KTC) Primer Presentations
Here, each presenting group researches and builds a presentation on a chosen commodity throughout a 9-week period for a final presentation. They can gain valuable feedback and thorough analysis as the presentation is witnessed by industry experts, alumni, and peers.
- Networking Night
Networking Night is held on every first semester of a school year. This event allows various parties, such as alumni, students, industry partners and even our own professors for a night of networking and fun!
- Industry Study Mission (ISM)
Industry Study Mission (ISM) allows for students to witness and experience first-hand the commodity and maritime-related businesses overseas (eg. Shipyards, or coffee processing facilities).
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DO I NEED TO AUDITION TO GET INTO THE CLUB?
Yes, it is an interview-based admission (non-technical).
"My SMU experience was definitely made better by MMS as I was surrounded by like-minded individuals. The club also offer countless networking and internship opportunities that allowed me to gain perspective and knowledge outside of the classroom."
- Sam Foo, School of Business, Graduate
"MMS gave me a lot of opportunities to network and meet many people from the industry. I especially enjoy the alumni networking events where we really get to ask many questions and to connect with them."
- Samuel Leong, Member, School of Business, Graduate
"My first MMS experience was joining my peers on an eye-opening overseas ISM (industry study mission) to Ho Chi Minh where we visited container ports and various factories. It was a good mix of fun and serious learning regarding Vietnams’ exports and the maritime supply chain. Moreover, MMS has given me many opportunities to network with like-minded individuals, who share a similar passion, as well as distinguished professionals who have expanded my knowledge on shipping and trade. I was able to befriend international students, a mix of different European nationalities, when MMS hosted exchange students from Denmark’s Copenhagen Business School (a structured exchange programme between CBS and SMU). MMS threw a welcome party as well as a few other meet ups for us to all interact. I learnt a great deal from them, and I am looking forward to seeing them again on my exchange there in the future."
SOE: Year 4
"Joining the Maritime Merchants Society was one of the best decisions I’ve made in SMU. The club provided me with ample resources and opportunities to pursue my interest in commodities. Above that, it allowed me to meet like-minded peers and seniors, many of whom became my closest friends in SMU."
SOE: Year 3
The instructors are students who are well-versed with commodity-related studies, many with experiences from internships and industry attachments.
The club is open to all students. However, students interested are encouraged to declare majors in ITT and MBOT to receive emails with regards to the upcoming activities planned.
Members of MMS and with majors in ITT & MBOT have first-access to internship opportunities and announcements with commodities and shipping companies.
The club partners with global firms to give members the chance to learn more about the firms and network with people there. The club organises overseas learning journeys which enable members to get a macro view of the industries that they are interested in.
No, prior experiences and background knowledge are not required.