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Vice President (Partnerships & Engagement)

Singapore Management University
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Mar 28, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Singapore Management University (SMU) has started a global search for its inaugural Vice President (Partnerships & Engagement). Founded only in 2000, SMU has become a premier specialist university in Asia, recognised for its world-class research and for offering a transformative education for a new generation of graduates and leaders.

As a key member of the University’s top management team and reporting to the President, the Vice President is responsible for delivering the University’s strategy to be an ‘Engaged City University’, primarily in the areas of industry partnership; innovation & entrepreneurship; and international partnerships. Key strategic priorities framing SMU’s partnership and engagement agenda are digital transformation, sustainable living, and growth in Asia.

The role – overseeing the Office of Industry Engagement, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the International Office and the Office of Overseas Centres - is central to SMU’s ambitious growth agenda and will require leadership from someone with passion for the transformative power of education and research (and credibility to provide inspiration in a high performing  academic environment), outstanding communication skills and team spirit to drive a ‘one university agenda’, and considerable agility, charisma and commercial acumen. The ability to handle the portfolio’s breadth and diversity is essential, as is the capacity to enhance networks at city, regional and international level.


How to Apply

SMU will be supported in this appointment process by the executive search firm Perrett Laver. The search firm will support the Search Committee in the discharge of its duties both to assist in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role and to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates.

The application package should include (in electronic form): a cover letter describing relevant management and leadership experiences, teaching and research interests, and a full curriculum vitae.

To apply, or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please visit quoting reference 5735 or initial inquiries may be directed to Kieran Pollentine at The deadline for applications is 5pm SGT on Wednesday 27th April.

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