24 Jul 2019
73% of this year's SIM-University at Buffalo (UB) graduating cohort of 521 students was awarded Latin Honours, a record high in the two educational institutions’ 15 years of partnership. Out of the total cohort, 102 graduated with summa cum laude (highest Honour).
In his opening speech at the commencement ceremony on 19 July attended by more than 1,500 graduates and guests, Mr Seah Chin Siong (President & Chief Executive Officer of SIM) urged graduates to love their job, expect change, and be ready to ride the wave of change when it comes. On the importance of lifelong learning, he said, “It is said that a bird on a branch is not afraid of the branch breaking, because its faith is not in the branch but in its own wings. So, train your wings that when the branch breaks, you are ready to fly”.
This year marks 15 years of partnership between SIM and UB in offering undergraduate programmes in Singapore. SIM is UB's largest overseas partner, with more than 5,000 alumni in Singapore.
Professor Satish Tripathi, President, UB (seated, middle) and Mr Seah Chin Siong (seated, fourth from right) with award winners and valedictorians.
At the 15th anniversary dinner held on 20 July at the Sheraton Towers Singapore, Ms Euleen Goh (Chairman, SIM Governing Council) lauded the partnership: “Ours is a strategic partnership that marries UB’s high academic standards and student-centered pedagogy, and SIM’s holistic approach to student care and development. With both UB faculty and SIM’s local faculty teaching on the programmes, we have been able to instill a ‘think global, act local’ mindset among our students and graduates. And it is a partnership based on a shared commitment to academic excellence, supported by a close symbiotic relationship of openness and mutual respect.”
Ms Goh also emphasised the importance of cultivating cultural intelligence (CQ) in graduates. “CQ is best developed through experiential learning in studying and working in a foreign culture. We currently have mutual study abroad and exchange programmes for both UB and SIM students. There is certainly room for us to expand these to include joint projects, social activities and other innovative initiatives that will elevate their cross-cultural competence in a greater diversity of key and emerging economies”, she said.
At the event, four Founders Awards were presented to the following who were instrumental in laying a strong foundation for the success of the partnership: Professor John Thomas, Professor and Dean Emeritus of School of Management, UB; Professor Stephen Dunnett, former Vice Provost of International Education, UB; Mr Frank Lavin, former US Ambassador to Singapore; and Mr Ronald Tan, former Executive Director, SIM.
Alumni posing for a picture with one of their favourite lecturers Mr Ray Monteverde (middle).
Ms Euleen Goh presenting the Founders Award to Professor Stephen Dunnett.
President Satish Tripathi presenting the Founders Award to Mr Ronald Tan.
Senior management from SIM and UB raising a toast.