Singapore Management University (SMU) recently launched a new four-year academic major – Smart-City Management and Technology. The new major is offered by the School of Information Systems along with the School of Social Science. Many organizations in Singapore from various industries have shown interest in graduates from this major. The program will prepare graduates for a wide variety of job roles including IT or management consultants, data analysts, sustainable solutions designers, urban planners, as well as IoT/smart systems designers and developers.
Students will be given experiential learning opportunities through participation in internships and real-life projects in the following domains:
- Public services;
- business and economy;
- Health and enabled-ageing; and,
Professor Pang Hwee Hwa, dean of SMU School of Information Systems said: “The ‘smartness’ of a city is not an end in itself; rather, it is a means to make the city more liveable and to attain sustainable development. These end-goals entail harmonising a host of concerns, including social, economic, business, environmental, and technology. The Smart-City Management and Technology major is designed to train professionals to manage those multidisciplinary concerns, to innovate and develop technology-enabled solutions to address urbanisation challenges such as planning a city, and to deliver solutions and services that improve the lives of citizens. The curriculum builds up the students’ expertise in analytics, software development and artificial intelligence skills, and instils in them the ability to provide evidence-based reasoning to policy, economic and social implications of the IT innovations. Students will also have opportunities to participate in the development of cutting-edge smart city solutions through the school’s existing strong partnerships with industry.”