SMU will develop opportunities to have a significant impact on the city, the region and the world through external partnerships
Singapore – November 18, 2022 (Fri) – The Singapore Management University (SMU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Lim Sun Sun (林珊珊教授) as Vice President, Partnerships and Engagement, effective December 1, 2022 .
As Vice President, Partnerships and Engagement (接合与伙伴关系总监), Professor Lim will lead teams to implement SMU’s strategy to become an engaged city university, primarily in the areas of industry partnership; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and international partnerships, as part of the University’s broader strategic plans. His team will also support the University’s ambition to distinguish its teaching and research by enabling strong external partnerships with the private and public sectors, as well as with academic and research institutions. Additionally, she will lead the development of opportunities for the University to have a meaningful impact on Singapore, the region and the world through external partnerships while leveraging SMU’s identity as an engaged urban university. .
Elaborating on the new role of Vice President, Partnerships and Engagement, Professor Lily Kong, President of SMU, said: “As part of SMU 2025 and its priority strategic areas of digital transformation, sustainable living and growth in Asia, we seek to further strengthen our international footprint. and its reputation, develop our partnerships with industry and engage with the city, industry and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are excited to have Sun Sun join our leadership team and we will benefit from his wealth of experience and leadership for enabling industry strategic initiatives, innovation, internationalization and integration. I look forward to the plans and projects of Sun Sun and his team to expand SMU’s reach and contribute to a better international reputation.
Professor Lim will oversee teams in the Office of Industry Engagement; Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; International Office and Overseas Centers Office at SMU.
Professor Lim, who will concurrently be named Professor of Communication and Technology (通讯与科技学教授), holder of SMU’s College of Integrative Studies, said, “I feel privileged to have this opportunity to work with a university innovative and ambitious who aspires to have a direct societal impact in Singapore and beyond. I look forward to leading my teams to cultivate and engage a wide range of partners to meet SMU’s aspirations and strengthen its international position among academia, industry and government sectors.
Professor Lim, who has over 20 years of experience in higher education, is currently Professor of Communication and Technology and Director of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). She holds a PhD and an MSc (Honours) in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics, for which she was awarded the Raffles Rothschilds Chevening Fellowship. A prolific scholar, she has conducted extensive research on the social impact of technology, including the domestication of home technology, digital transformations in the workplace, and public perceptions of smart city technologies.
Professor Lim is a member of the Social Science Research Council, the Singapore Environment Council and the Media Literacy Council. From 2018 to 2020, she served as a Member of Parliament appointed to the 13th Parliament of Singapore. She has used her involvement in various committees and in parliament to raise issues such as the governance of the use of big data, priorities for digital inclusion and media literacy, support for the diversity of gender in technology and children’s digital rights. Most recently, she co-led the Alliance for Action to Tackle Online Harms against Women and Girls research working group. She was named to the inaugural Singapore 100 Women in Tech list in 2020 for her pioneering research on technology and society. She is also Vice President of the Women in Technology Chapter of the Singapore Computer Society, where she leads initiatives for gender diversity and inclusion in the tech industry and STEM education. A recognized thought leader, she writes a monthly technology column for The Straits Times and frequently offers expert commentary to local and international media, including the Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Scientific American and South China Morning Post. An award-winning educator, Professor Lim has developed curricular innovations in interdisciplinary education to forge closer links between the humanities and social sciences and STEM disciplines. She is married to a law professor and they have two teenage children.