Getting Involved

Step out of your silo, and collaborate with students and faculty from different schools, practitioners from the various SMU centres, and industry partners from the corporate, non-profit and government sectors.



Currently, we have a cluster of 35 SMU-X courses. For details, please refer to the courses. We are working actively to increase the number of courses in the SMU-X curriculum.

Benefits of taking an SMU-X courses

Real-world learning
  • Make a real difference by translating what you’ve learnt into practical solutions for real organizations.
  • Add your completed project to your resume to show relevant work experience
  • Add the contacts made to your list of potential employers Marketable skills
Marketable skills
  • Collaborative research skills
  • Time-management skills
  • Project-management skills
Learn from multiple communities
  • Team-mates from different schools
  • Faculty from different schools and centres
  • Industry partners from corporate, non-profit and government sectors
  • Clients, customers and employees of industry partners
  • Wider community you’ll meet while working on your real-world project



An SMU-X course is not for the faint-hearted or the lazy, as it requires initiative, commitment and intrinsic motivation.

How do I apply for a SMU-X course?
Most of the SMU-X courses are listed within Schools with a SMU-X tag. Bid for the course you want via the Bidding Online System (BOSS). Some courses are by application only.
How else can I get involved?
  • Become an SMU Labs ambassador/ lyf guard
    • Help us look out for those who use misuse the facilities.
    • Make SMU Labs a vibrant study and hangout space for all students.
  • Participate in our Focus Group Discussions and Surveys.




Benefits of teaching an SMU-X course
  • Collaborative Learning
    • Generate new concepts that you can incorporate into your classes
    • Share best practices as you interact with like-minded faculty from other schools
    • Deepen your own knowledge by achieving results in a real business environment
  • Synergy between Teaching and Research
    • Find new research ideas as you collaborate with industry partners
    • Generate new research from project work findings
  • University Support
    • SMU is committed to SMU-X pedagogy and will provide necessary resources.


Being an SMU-X course instructor involves time and effort. You will need to meet regularly with your students and with industry partners to provide feedback and guidance on projects. You may also need to widen your network of contacts in the corporate, non-profit and government sectors for future project partnerships.

How can my course be listed as an SMU-X course?
1. Check that your course demonstrates all FOUR traits of an SMU-X course.
2. Approach the SMU-X Academic Director for a preliminary discussion.
3. Download and complete the application form.
4. Submit the form to smux@smu.edu.sg.
5. Within two weeks of receiving your application, we will email or call to arrange a meeting with the project team — to learn more about your course.
6. After meeting you, we may suggest changes to the course (which may necessitate working with you and your School).
7. We will confirm your course, once all changes have been satisfactorily made.

Faculty teaching an SMU-X Course
Please view here for faculty teaching SMU-X courses

There is a need for SMU to review our way of providing quality education in Singapore while staying relevant to business and our wider community.

It was also is clear to us that the scale and complexity of the challenges facing the world and our graduates today are unprecedented. Sometimes solutions won't come from any single field, but from collaboration between innovators who can see beyond the way it could be. It is timely then that SMU prepares students sufficiently to face these challenges.

With that in mind, SMU zoomed in on:

a) How we could enhance our interactive pedagogy and make learning more pertinent and; b) How we can improve the out-of-classroom spaces design to fit into students out-of-classroom learning habits