Governance, Registered and Independents Clubs
SMU Students’ Association (SMUSA)
Singapore Management University Students' Association (SMUSA) is a student-run organisation founded in 2000, the highest office of student leadership in SMU. As a student government body, we act as the bridge between students and the School Offices by representing the voices of all SMU undergraduates.
SMUSA is made of both the Council and the Executive Committee (ExCo). The SMUSA Council is the policy-making arm of the association that focuses on implementing consistent processes across the various Constituent Bodies and also in providing strategic direction for its executive arm. The SMUSA ExCo, on the other hand, promotes a vibrant student life in SMU by organising events and providing student-centered services all year round.
You can expect to learn technical skills, ranging from policy-making to business development, event planning, marketing, operation management and more!
You can also further develop soft skills such as decision-making, stakeholder management, critical-thinking and communication skills.
We also believe in forging strong professional bonds and lasting friendships in SMUSA.
SMUSA Annual General Meeting (AGM)
SMUSA hosts our AGM in January each year to celebrate our achievements, introduce the incoming SMUSA ExCo and share our plans for the new year.
Freshman Orientation (FO)
SMUSA, along with the FO Organising Committee, plans and organises the largest freshman orientation yearly that spans across all schools in SMU, including the one you just attended!
SMUSA, along with the Vivace Organising Committee, plans and organises the yearly CCA fair in SMU that gives freshman the opportunity to discover the multitude of CCAs SMU has to offer.
Bi-annual Events and Welfare Drive
SMUSA holds bi-annual events and welfare drives for the benefit of the student population and to increase the vibrancy of student life. Do look out for these events via email and our social media platforms!
- General Meeting for ExCo and deputies once a fortnight
Council Meeting once a month for SMUSA Council members
HOW TO JOIN THE CLUB?
If you wish to join the ExCo, you will need to run for elections and be successfully elected by the student body. More information on elections will be provided soon!
If you wish to join as a Deputy, you will need to go through an interview for us to get to know more about you and your strengths. This is to determine if you would be a good fit for SMUSA.
"SMUSA has definitely been an eye-opening experience for me as I got myself involved in the planning phase with my peers. It is always amazing to see what you plan actualise into events for the student bodies. I definitely encourage those who have a heart to make SMU a better place for all to join us"
- Liow De Jun, Deputy Academics and Welfare, Year 2
“SMUSA has helped me become more confident in my decisions. Learning and development is a continuous process by working with talented people from diverse backgrounds. This is a platform where I can openly express my ideas and views without being judged.”
- Nilanjana Jain, Deputy Operations, Year 2
“SMUSA has taught me critical leadership and decision-making skills that have proved to useful both in my life and valued in the workplace. Being in the highest student leadership organisation, I’m able to meet like-minded individuals who are top of their game to serve our students.”
Leong Ze Hao
LKCSB: Year 3
“SMUSA has presented me numerous opportunities to develop myself as a student leader. Through the various initiatives spearheaded together with my department, I have enriched the lives of the students in SMU. These rich experiences are certainly eye-opening and have honed me to serve with a heart for the community.”
LKCSB and SOA: Year 2
"SMU gave me an opportunity when no other university did, so I would very much like to give back by serving the SMU student community. As the governing body of the SMU student community and the only CCA with the resources and mandate to organise university-wide events and initiatives, I believe that SMUSA would allow me to do just that and much more. On a personal level, I would also like to challenge myself and have a diverse and meaningful experience in SMU. I know it won't be easy, but as the President of SMUSA said in his welcome address during FOMO, "we wouldn't know if we didn't try"."
Ong Ing Khim, Russell
SOL: Year 1
"I like to do events planning and be the voice of other students. My previous CCA is also similar to this CCA and with a bigger scale, I wish to challenge myself and learn new things."
Estber Loh Yuan Yu
SIS: Year 1
SMUSA recruits Deputies in December. Do look out for our recruitment email nearer to the date! You can rank your choices among the seven departments you wish to join when signing up as a SMUSA Deputy. As a SMUSA Deputy, you will be under the care of the SMUSA ExCo and given ample opportunities to do something for SMU students and student life!
You will have to go through the SMUSA Elections Fever which happens in September. There is a required number of votes from the school population that you will have to receive through the General Elections to attain a seat on both the SMUSA Council and SMUSA ExCo. Thereafter, the different positions are decided via SMUSA Internal Elections, which will take place in October. Should there be positions unfilled, a Co-opt Recruitment will take place.
SMUSA is made up of the Council and the Executive Committee. The SMUSA Council is the policy-making arm of the association and focuses on implementing consistent processes across the various Constituent Bodies and also provides strategic direction to its executive arm, the SMUSA ExCo. The SMUSA Council is made up of the SMUSA ExCo and the Presidents of the various Constituent Bodies (CBds). You may wish to find out more at our website: https://www.smusa.sg/council.
SMUSA recruits Organising Committees for our summer events (i.e. FO and Vivace) during mid-January. Do look out for sign-up opportunities via our email and Instagram!
SMUSA does more than plan for events! Besides front-facing events, we have a multitude of supporting arms, such as managing SMUSA’s finances and budgeting in our Finance department, or SMUSA’s assets and the loaning system in our Operations department. The possibilities are endless in SMUSA as every department plays a crucial role in enhancing student life at SMU. You may wish to find out more at our website: https://www.smusa.sg/exco.