The Singapore University of Social Sciences (Abbreviation: SUSS) previously known as SIM University (Abbreviation: UniSIM) is an autonomous university in Singapore. It was established in 2005 and is managed separately from the SIM Global Education arm of the Singapore Institute of Management Group.

Previously, SIM university only admitted part-time students but began to offer publicly-funded university places in 2014. Though a autonomous university, eligible students are able to enjoy government tuition fee subsidy, government loans and bursaries for their undergraduate education.[1][2]

Template:As of the patron of the university is Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of Singapore. The Chancellor of the university is Professor Cham Tao Soon, who was the founding president of Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The Founding President of SIM University is Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, former deputy president of NTU. In October 2013, it was announced that UniSIM has been selected to house Singapore's third law school.[3][4]


Singapore Institute of Management received Ministry of Education (MOE) mandate to start a private university for working adults in 2005. SIM University, the first and only university in Singapore dedicated to adult learners, was established. The university was housed at the SIM Headquarters, the largest and most comprehensive campus among Singapore's private education industry.

UniSIM commenced classes officially with the first student intake in January in 2006.

The Singapore Government announced a government tuition fee subsidy of up to 40% of tuition fees to eligible UniSIM undergraduates. The government tuition fee subsidy will be granted to eligible Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents (PR). It increased up to 55%.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in the National Day Rally 2012, announced that Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and SIM University (UniSIM) will become the republic's 5th and 6th universities in future. Both institutions will participate in the Government’s plan to increase the number of publicly funded full-time university places.[5]

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat announced at UniSIM convocation ceremony that SIM University has been selected to house Singapore's third law school.[6] UniSIM, together with SIT, will launch full-time publicly funded degree programmes in 2014. New programmes offered by both universities will take on the new 'Applied Degree' pathway which will heavily emphasize practice-oriented teaching. UniSIM will first offer programmes in Accountancy, Finance and Marketing.

In October 2016, the acting Education Minister Ong Ye Kung announced that UniSIM had been earmarked to become Singapore's sixth autonomous university.[7]

In 2017, SIM University was renamed the Singapore University of Social Sciences and became Singapore's sixth autonomous university under the ambit of the Ministry of Education (MOE). It is no longer a member of the Singapore Institute of Management Group (SIM).[8]

Academic schoolsEdit

The university currently offers more than 60 degree programmes through five schools.

School of Arts & Social SciencesEdit

The School offers a diverse range of programmes in Languages and Literatures, Social Sciences and Translation. It also offers Certification Examinations for Professional Interpreters. The school also offers the first and only Translation & Interpretation bachelor's degree programme in Singapore.

School of BusinessEdit

The School offers a diverse range of Business and Management programmes. It also offers the first Master of Taxation programme in Singapore in collaboration with the Tax Academy of Singapore.

The School of Business has the largest enrolment of students in the university.

School of Human Development & Social ServicesEdit

The School offers a range of programmes in Counselling, Early Childhood Education, Human Resource Management and Social Work. It offers Singapore's first counselling degree programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, first early childhood bachelor's degree as well as the first Gerontology programme at the postgraduate level.

School of Science & TechnologyEdit

The School offers a range of programmes in Aerospace & Aviation, Building, Engineering, Military Studies and Technology. It also offers an industrial PhD programme.

School of LawEdit

The School of Law offers law degree with strong focus on specialist practice area of criminal and matrimonial law. The course targets at mid-career professionals who wish to pursue a new career in this specialized field.


Centre for Applied ResearchEdit

The Centre for Applied Research (CFAR) undertakes, administers and facilitates research and related activities. It also serves as an incubation centre for research programmes and projects. CFAR, being UniSIM’s knowledge hub, maintains a repository of the knowledge output of all faculty, staff and students.[9][10]

The research focus is primarily on applied work with industry relevance. This is in line with its aim to contribute to the society in a tangible manner. In the same spirit, CFAR undertakes collaborative research with industry partners and public institutions on various issues of direct interest to the business community and to the society at large.

CFAR also actively promotes and undertakes case writing for the purpose of deployment in SUSS's graduate and undergraduate programmes to ensure that as a tertiary institution we continue to offer holistic academic programmes with a good balance between academics and practice.

The Centre, headed by the Director of Research and assisted by highly trained research associates, also runs a seminar series to showcase the research output of SUSS.

UniSIM Centre for Chinese StudiesEdit

The UniSIM Centre for Chinese Studies (UCCS) aims to raise awareness and understanding of the Chinese language, culture and contemporary Chinese society among Singaporeans through the University’s programmes, courses, research, publications, events/activities and external relations. The Centre serves as the university's one-stop resource centre to monitor trends and developments in the wider Chinese-speaking world to aid in making necessary adjustments in curriculum development and academic activities, provide a channel for the general public to enhance their understanding of the Chinese language and culture, and contemporary Chinese society, and provide a common platform for interaction in these areas among SUSS's staff, associates, students and alumni, the general public and the international community.[11][12]


SIM University is housed in SIM Headquarters, a big modern sprawling campus along Clementi Road that it shares together with SIM Global Education (SIM GE). The SIM Headquarters is the largest and most comprehensive campus among Singapore's private education industry.


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