Read about what our students, graduates and faculty members say about our PhD programmes. Our students and graduates share some of their thoughts on their experiences.

 


Testimonials from the Singapore Management University (SMU) PhD in Business Community

Samantha Sim

PhD in Business (Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources) Graduate
(Graduated in 2016; Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU)

“The Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources department at SMU has been really supportive and contributed a lot to my academic training. The SMU Office of Postgraduate Research Programmes has been very supportive in their efforts. The university also provided a lot of resources for me to grow both as a researcher and as a teacher. Indeed, SMU has a nurturing environment for a young researcher.”

 

Testimonial by Yee Heng Tan, Student of PhD in Business (Marketing), Lee Kong Chian School of Business, 2013, SMU.

Sun Lin

PhD in Business (Finance) Graduate
(Graduated in 2016; Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU)

“The PhD journey at SMU was indeed enjoyable. Thanks to SMU’s world-class faculty members, I had opportunities to be involved in many promising research projects. I also developed my teaching skills through being an SMU teaching assistant. I am very appreciative for SMUs academic and teaching training.”

 

 

Testimonial by Yee Heng Tan, Student of PhD in Business (Marketing), Lee Kong Chian School of Business, 2013, SMU.

Bingqiao Li

PhD in Business (Finance) Graduate
(Graduated in 2016; Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU)

“My PhD journey has been an amazing experience. The strong ties I have made with faculty members and fellow students are very precious to me. Through my experience, I have learnt that one is always able to get the help he/she needs, without the fear of of being lonely or helpless.”

 

 

Testimonial by Yee Heng Tan, Student of PhD in Business (Marketing), Lee Kong Chian School of Business, 2013, SMU.

Yiwei Yu

PhD in Business (Finance) Graduate
(Graduated in 2016; Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU)

“SMU is definitely an excellent place for anyone who has genuine interest in academic research. The PhD programme provided opportunities for me to work with international, top-level professors and colleagues. All the faculty members conduct research and publish in top finance journals. If you have the passion for academic research, and are self-motivated, SMU PhD is the ideal programme!”

 

 

Testimonial by Yee Heng Tan, Student of PhD in Business (Marketing), Lee Kong Chian School of Business, 2013, SMU.

Yee Heng Tan

Student of PhD in Business (Marketing)
Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU (Intake: Academic Year 2013)

“The programme has been productive but challenging. It serves to broaden your intellectual perspective as you really have to think hard about issues and ideas. It develops not only your research capabilities but also expands the way you view the world. But what drives the experience of every programme will definitely be the people. The faculty and even the students are exceptionally brilliant and responsive people who will generously make time to discuss ideas. They set high expectations but provide the means, in terms of knowledge and capabilities, for you to meet them. In addition, the programme allows us a chance to rub shoulders with other academics who are at the top of their respective disciplines as they are invited to the School to speak about their ongoing work. All in all, I believe that what the programme provides has given me the best opportunity to succeed in the field.”

 

 

Testimonial by Serena Changhong Lu, Student of PhD in Business (Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources), Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU (Intake: Academic Year 2012)

Serena Changhong Lu

Student of PhD in Business (Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources)
Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU (Intake: Academic Year 2012)

“I chose the SMU doctoral programme because of the overlap in my research interests with those of the faculty. I am happy and proud to say that it is by far the best career decision I have made. The faculty members are world-class, very accessible and willing to help. The training at SMU truly prepares a person to enter academia. The research culture in the department is strong. In addition to the rigorous training, they also do an excellent job of connecting us with scholars worldwide through the visiting scholars programme and the Lim Kim San Fellowship for PhD students programme. It’s a great doctoral programme.”

 

 

Testimonial by Dr Yen Teik Lee, Assistant Professor of Finance, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and PhD in Business (Finance) Graduate, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, 2013, SMU.

Dr Yen Teik Lee

PhD in Business (Finance) Graduate
(Graduated in 2013; Lee Kong Chian School of Business, SMU)

“The SMU PhD offers you an ideal place to learn. It offers you a place to explore and nurture ideas, to meet great people, and to learn about the frontiers in finance. Doing my PhD at SMU was an enriching and fulfilling experience. SMU provided me with a solid foundation to pursue an academic career.”

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Testimonials from the Singapore Management University (SMU) PhD in Economics Community

Testimonial by Vishrut Rana Dhirendra, PhD in Economics Graduate, School of Economics, 2015, SMU.

Shew Fan Liu

PhD in Economics Graduate
(Graduated in 2016; School of Economics, SMU)

“SMU provided me with an environment to grow both professionally and academically. Undertaking my PhD at SMU had been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.

 

 

Testimonial by Vishrut Rana Dhirendra, PhD in Economics Graduate, School of Economics, 2015, SMU.

Huaxia Zeng

PhD in Economics Graduate
(Graduated in 2016; School of Economics, SMU)

I have been impressed by the research environment in SMU. I will always be grateful to School of Economics and my supervisor, dissertation committee members and fellow PhD colleagues. In the five years of my PhD journey and with the funding support from SMU, I attended many international conferences which helped me strengthen my academic networks.”

 

 

Testimonial by Vishrut Rana Dhirendra, PhD in Economics Graduate, School of Economics, 2015, SMU.

Vishrut Rana Dhirendra

PhD in Economics Graduate
(Graduated in 2015; School of Economics, SMU)

I enjoyed pursuing my PhD at SMU as it is in a research-conducive environment. I also had great support from the faculty members.”

 

 

Testimonial by Bao Tan Huynh, Assistant Professor, Antalya International University, Turkey, and PhD in Economics Graduate, School of Economics, 2015, SMU.

Bao Tan Huynh

PhD in Economics Graduate
(Graduated in 2015; School of Economics, SMU)

“My five years in the PhD in Economics programme was a wonderful experience. I have seen myself grow tremendously over the years, both on a professional and personal level. SMU is a place of high-quality research, yet it also exudes a nice and warm family-like atmosphere. The environment is well-suited for a dynamic student who is embarking on his or her postgraduate studies, and for him or her to carve out a name for him or herself in research.

The faculty members are supportive and encouraging. Their doors are always open, and they always have time for students. Their expertise and experiences are freely available for us to tap into. For us students, we take our work seriously, yet we still have moments of fun and relaxation – a balanced approach to cope with the various demands in research. We push and support one another because we want everyone to excel. Ideas and experiences are shared freely among ourselves. I had doubt and apprehension before I started the programme, but looking back I find that I have enjoyed my learning and research journey in SMU. I am glad that I made the choice of doing my postgraduate studies at SMU.”

 

 

Testimonial by Yingjie Dong, Assistant Professor, Business School, University of International Business and Economics, China, and PhD in Economics Graduate, School of Economics, 2015, SMU.

Yingjie Dong

PhD in Economics Graduate
(Graduated in 2015; School of Economics, SMU)

I spent my most memorable five years in SMU, and I am very glad to have studied in this great university. I love everything about SMU!”

 

 

 

Testimonial by Tao Zeng, Assistant Professor, School of Economics and Management, Wuhan University, and PhD in Economics Graduate, School of Economics, 2013, SMU.

Tao Zeng

PhD in Economics Graduate
(Graduated in 2013; School of Economics, SMU)

“In SMU’s Economics PhD programme, we were trained to conduct rigorous research and analysis in economics, exposed to a wide range of areas of economic studies and cutting edge materials, which I believe, provided me with a launching pad for my future success in academia.

One of the aspects I found attractive about the programme was the family-like atmosphere. SMU has distinguished faculty members who are very generous with their time and expertise. I could always find a caring mentor to guide me whenever I needed help. The senior students and my classmates were also friendly, making it easy to learn from, and interact with, each other.

 

 

Testimonial by Xiaohu Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and PhD in Economics Graduate, School of Economics, 2012, SMU.

Xiaohu Wang

PhD in Economics Graduate
(Graduated in 2012; School of Economics, SMU)

“The five years at SMU were full of challenges. I worked very hard and felt a sense of fulfillment every day. I attended academic conferences both in Singapore and abroad. This provided me with precious opportunities to learn about latest developments in research. I had the best advisors in the world. What I learnt from them was more than just research. They made me love what I was doing and helped me set out on a new academic journey. There was never a dull moment at SMU. I miss all of my friends and teachers. I miss my five years of studying at SMU.

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Testimonials from the Singapore Management University (SMU) PhD in Psychology Community

 

Testimonial by Lay See Ong, PhD in Psychology Graduate, School of Social Sciences, 2015, SMU.

Lay See Ong

PhD in Psychology Graduate
(Graduated in 2015; School of Social Sciences, SMU)

“One of the things that I appreciated most about the Psychology PhD programme at SMU’s School of Social Sciences (SOSS) is the mentorship from the faculty members.

In SOSS, there is a very positive and nurturing environment where faculty members are dedicated to helping PhD students develop their potential. The PhD programme is a form of apprenticeship; the opportunities provided by the School’s environment to work with various professors enable students to acquire important knowledge and skills for a career in psychology. I am very glad that faculty members had always opened their doors to me when I approached them with a research idea!

SOSS faculty members produce high-quality and impactful research, and several of them are leaders in their fields and enjoy international recognition. It is therefore not surprising that the Psychology programme attracts regular visits by international scholars. As a PhD student, I found SOSS to be an excellent environment because I had many opportunities to meet with top scholars in diverse areas. This allowed me to build collaborative relationships with researchers from different countries. Thanks to this environment, I had worked on collaborative research with prominent American and Dutch researchers.”

 

 

Testimonial by Katherine Anne Valentine, PhD in Psychology Graduate, School of Social Sciences, 2015, SMU.

Katherine Anne Valentine

PhD in Psychology Graduate
(Graduated in 2015; School of Social Sciences, SMU)

“It has been exciting to be part of the pioneer class of SMU’s PhD in Psychology programme. The programme is constantly improving itself as well as its students, keeping up with new statistical methods and pushing us to become ever better researchers and teachers.

 

 

Testimonial by Sharon Koh, Adjunct Faculty, School of Social Sciences, SMU, and PhD in Psychology Graduate, School of Social Sciences, 2015, SMU.

Sharon Koh

PhD in Psychology Graduate
(Graduated in 2015; School of Social Sciences, SMU)

“I learnt so much from my faculty advisor, Associate Professor Christie Scollon. Her dedication to teaching and mentorship really made all the difference in my learning experience.”

The PhD programme placed a strong emphasis on both theory and research. The opportunities to do the latter with a wide variety of faculty gave us great exposure and training.

 

 

Testimonial by Chou Chuen Yu, Student of PhD in Psychology, School of Social Sciences, SMU (Intake: Academic Year 2013)

Chou Chuen Yu

Student of PhD in Psychology School of Social Sciences, SMU (Intake: Academic Year 2013)

 “Having worked in various research units in the Singapore Public Service, I developed a keen interest to advance my knowledge and skills in psychology and behavioural sciences research methods. I decided to pursue a doctoral degree with the SMU Psychology PhD programme because it was evident that it would provide me with the appropriate training. The quality of the psychology faculty and the research climate in the programme provide excellent opportunities for my scholarly development.

 

 

Testimonial by Associate Professor Angela Leung, School of Social Sciences, SMU.

Associate Professor Angela Leung

School of Social Sciences, SMU

“Our research-oriented PhD programme prepares students to gain both content knowledge and hands-on skills for being a competent and ethical researcher in psychology. Through participating in interactive seminars and engaging in independent research projects, students are well trained for research-related professions after graduation. In this programme, students work closely with a faculty mentor on research projects that are of interest to them. Our faculty are prolific scholars in their fields of study and some of them hold leadership positions in professional organisations, including journal editors and elected fellows. Our School of Social Sciences is frequently visited by research scholars both within and outside of Singapore. That creates excellent opportunities for students to build up their professional networks and to explore ways for pursuing collaborative research in psychology as well as in interdisciplinary areas.

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Testimonials from the Singapore Management University (SMU) PhD in Information Systems Community

Testimonial by Kevin Steppe, Lecturer, School of Information Systems, SMU, and PhD in Information Systems Graduate, School of Information Systems, 2015, SMU.

Swee-Won Lo 

PhD in Information Systems Graduate
(Graduated in 2016; School of Information Systems, SMU)

“I am very inspired and motivated by the positive research energy at SMU’s School of Information Systems. The School has provided a great environment, where we have regular engagements with researchers across the various disciplines through discussions and/or seminars. It truly trains and opens up one’s mind to explore different ideas and opportunities.”

 

Testimonial by Kevin Steppe, Lecturer, School of Information Systems, SMU, and PhD in Information Systems Graduate, School of Information Systems, 2015, SMU.

Su Mon Kywe

PhD in Information Systems Graduate
(Graduated in 2017; School of Information Systems, SMU)

“SMU has been a great home to me since I started my Bachelor’s programme in 2007. SMU welcomed me with its warm and active culture, as well as supported me throughout my PhD programme with opportunities, supervisions and collaborations. I would not be the person I am today without the help and encouragement from SMU faculty members and colleagues.”

 

 

Testimonial by Kevin Steppe, Lecturer, School of Information Systems, SMU, and PhD in Information Systems Graduate, School of Information Systems, 2015, SMU.

Kevin Steppe

PhD in Information Systems Graduate
(Graduated in 2015; School of Information Systems, SMU)

The SMU PhD programme has given me incredible freedom and support to explore my intellectual interest. Faculty members, regardless of their research areas of specialisation, were always there to lend a helping hand and provide advice.”

 

 

Testimonial by Shaowei Wang, Engineer, Huawei, China, and PhD in Information Systems Graduate, School of Information Systems, 2015, SMU.

Shaowei Wang

PhD in Information Systems Graduate
(Graduated in 2015; School of Information Systems, SMU)

“I have been very impressed with the positive spirit in the SMU School of Information Systems, and the camaraderie amongst faculty members who teach and supervise us.

The PhD programme has provided me with the opportunity to carry out my research across disciplines, which I believe is unique to SMU.

 

 

Testimonial by Yazhe Wang, Research Fellow, Living Analytics Research Centre, SMU, and PhD in Information Systems Graduate, School of Information Systems, 2015, SMU.

Yazhe Wang

PhD in Information Systems Graduate
(Graduated in 2015; School of Information Systems, SMU)

“My years at SMU proved to be an exceptional learning experience. The PhD programme has provided me with great opportunities to conduct research across disciplines. The faculty members and administrative staff had been very supportive during my studies, research and personal development – I had the best experience.”

 

 

Testimonial by Payas Gupta, Post-doctoral Fellow, New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and PhD in Information Systems Graduate, School of Information Systems, 2013, SMU.

Payas Gupta

PhD in Information Systems Graduate
(Graduated in 2013; School of Information Systems, SMU)

“Apart from the knowledge and research experience which I gained during my PhD studies at SMU, I will always be thankful to the faculty from the School of Information Systems (SIS) as well as the people I have worked with for their sharing and cultivation.

Firstly, sharing was instilled in me throughout my PhD studies at SIS. There was always sharing of thoughts through classroom presentations; sharing of work with your team members while collaborating on different projects; sharing of knowledge with undergraduates while undertaking Teaching Assistantships; and sharing of research through publications.

Secondly, cultivation – this was a slow but gradual process where one must sacrifice quite a lot. I believe that one day this cultivation will meet success. I had always focused on the shortcomings and ‘less than perfect ideas’ of others but never took time to examine myself seriously. Whether one is right or wrong, one should always examine oneself. This came to me through my constant discussion with some of the great folks whom I have worked with during my stay at SMU and through SMU LARC’s overseas training residency at CMU. Accepting your limitations upfront is always the best way to approach a decision that you make. It is all about looking at yourself… and I am still learning.”

 

 

Testimonial by Jin Han, Research Engineer, Twitter Inc. (USA), and PhD in Information Systems Graduate, School of Information Systems, 2012, SMU.

Jin Han

PhD in Information Systems Graduate
(Graduated in 2012; School of Information Systems, SMU)

“Before entering the School of Information Systems (SIS) at SMU, I was just an undergraduate who knew nothing but coding. After more than 4 years in the SMU PhD in Information Systems programme, I received an enriching research experience. The programme not only made me become an independent Information Systems (IS) security researcher but it also enriched me in many other ways like enhancing my English communication skills and broadening my knowledge base on other IS areas. These valuable experiences and skills finally helped me find a dream job in one of the top IT companies.

 

 

Testimonial by Noi Sian Koh, Lecturer, Business Intelligence & Analytics, School of Information Technology Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore, and PhD in Information Systems Graduate, School of Information Systems, 2011, SMU.

Noi Sian Koh

PhD in Information Systems Graduate
(Graduated in 2011; School of Information Systems, SMU)

“Coming to SMU’s School of Information Systems (SIS) to pursue my PhD was one of the most important decisions I have made and I am glad that I did. The years spent at SIS have taught me as much about life as it has about research. Every person I met is an amazing teacher whom I have learnt a lot from. It is where I have made long-lasting friendships and collaborated with individuals who have inspired, challenged and encouraged me.

There is a saying – ‘To learn with the aim of becoming one’s teacher, to behave with the aim of becoming one’s role model’. At SIS, I am fortunate to meet world-class researchers who are not only role models but professors who truly have a heart for the students. I am so glad I came to SIS and took their classes. Their sharpness and wisdom have made me realise the joy of being a researcher and teacher.”

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