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SMU-X Survival Toolkit: About SMU-X

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on SMU-X.

At A Glance


- An Experiential Journey of Discovery - 

This following SMU-X Survival Toolkit provides useful information when reading SMU-X courses, including approaches in effectively managing projects and stakeholders from companies and community organisations. Go through the tabs above the banner to see what's available.

Information in this guide has been carefully selected for your reference. Please approach the SMU Libraries ( should you have any doubts or need clarifications. 

WELCOME... but first, what is SMU-X?

SMU-X is an experiential learning framework where students tackle real-world opportunities by taking on projects from companies and community organizations - a paradigm shift which focuses on learning as opposed to teaching as well as a mind-set shift to get the university to collaborate both internally and with its external stakeholders.

Watch the following video to find out more about this experiential learning framework and why the SMU-X has been lauded by global accreditation body, AACSB International, as an "Innovation that Inspires". 

The SMU-X Approach

The SMU-X curriculum is built on four principles: 

i) Project-based experiential learning - SMU combines academic with experiential learning through the heavy use of projects from industry partners;

ii) Interdisciplinary approach - SMU challenges students to use their disciplinary knowledge and skills to tackle real-world opportunities through interdisciplinary approaches and activities; 

iii) Active mentoring - SMU seeks to partner with corporate, non-profit and government sector organisations. Industry partners and faculty are involved in active mentoring so that students benefit most out of this deep relationship; 

iv) Tripartite learning loop - Students get a better understanding of what it means to use theory learnt outside the classroom; faculty learn how real-world adapts theories; industry partners deepen their own learning through faculty and students' findings. This inculcates in our students, faculty and industry partners the value of continuous learning which is imperative going forward given our rapidly changing economic conditions. 

SMU-X Testimonials

SMU-X Learning Spaces

SMU-X is also about flexible learning spaces. As SMU believes that non-traditional pedagogy should be supported by active spaces, SMU-X teaches these electives in a flexible learning environment designed for collaborative work. SMU Labs is designed to support the SMU-X mind-set and curriculum. It is a 24/7 co-working learning hub to facilitate the coming together of individuals and groups to work on projects. SMU Labs also acts as a test bed for new ideas as well as space-planning to facilitate learning and living by today's students. 

Levels 1 - 3 houses lyf@SMU, a collaboration between SMU and The Ascott Limited. This is a unique first-of-its-kind 'living lab' collaboration is a creative learning space with various social space concepts to facilitate experiential out-of-classroom learning.

Level 4 houses the 
Fuijitsu and Secure Mobile labs to increase the chances of SMU researchers and students meeting serendipitously.

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