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Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration


We are pleased to share that the 2018 edition of our annual Tri-Sector Publication was launched last week at Tri-Sector Forum 2018. This year's edition of the Tri-Sector Publication is centred on the theme 'Partnership-driven Innovation' and showcases essays from the 3rd cohort of Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration focused on how partnerships in areas such as green building technologies, disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts, and in improving nutrition can bring value for a sustainable future. The publication also pays tribute to two of our benefactors - The Ayala Foundation Inc. and The Ngee Ann Kongsi - whose kind scholarships have enabled our students to take their learnings from the classroom to bring about impact to society at large. A PDF soft copy of the 2018 edition of the Tri-Sector Publication can be downloaded here.


The Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration was started in 2014 as a pathway to professionalise the development and practice of cross-sector collaborations. Since then, and through 5 cohorts of students, we have built a foundation for next-generation leaders and partner organisations to innovatively co-create a more sustainable and inclusive future.

However, with significant developments within the sphere of tri-sector collaboration and sustainability, the School of Social Sciences feels that it is time to re-evaluate this pathway and thus, has taken the decision not to admit any students for the upcoming August/September 2018 intake. Candidates may wish to consider other SMU Postgraduate Professional Programmes.

We thank everyone for their interest and support for the programme. 


"STRATEgY in ambiguity: Shell's experience with scenario planning" - a talk by mr Jeremy bentham

On 14th of June 2017, SMU's Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration programme had the privilege of hosting Mr Jeremy Bentham, Head of Shell Scenarios and Vice President of Global Business Environment, Royal Dutch Shell. Mr Bentham delivered a private talk titled "Strategy ​in ​Ambiguity: ​Shell’s ​Experience ​with ​Scenario ​Planning”.

He shared how Shell ​has ​used ​scenario ​planning ​for ​over ​45 ​years ​to ​help ​deepen ​its ​strategic ​thinking - and how ​plausible ​visions ​of ​the ​future ​have ​helped ​generations ​of ​Shell ​leaders ​explore ​ways ​forward ​and ​make ​better ​decisions. ​Mr Bentham emphasized that Shell ​Scenarios ​ask ​“what ​if” ​questions ​to "encourage decision-makers ​to expand ​their ​mindsets". ​The ​scenarios ​also ​help ​governments, ​academia ​and ​business converge and align in ​understanding ​possibilities ​and ​uncertainties ​ahead. A PDF of Mr Bentham's presentation can be found here.


We would like to thank all guests for joining us at our annual Tri-Sector Forum on 18 May 2017 at SMU's Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium.

The forum showcased how innovative cross-sector partnerships can address emerging "Glo-cal" challenges - those that individual nations face, but are also shared across the globe. Equally vital as the sustainablity of organisations and societies as regards to their oprating and financial models, is the sustainability of our shared human, social and environmental capital. Our keynote speaker Mr Sunny Verghese, Co-Founder and Group CEO of Olam International Ltd, pointed out that sustainable development sensibilities can be balanced with clear business advantages, bigger purposes and value creation for society. The panel discussion that followed also covered issues of inclusiveness and equity, which are core to the sustainability of societies. Pictures from the forum may be found on our Facebook page. A PDF of the Tri-Sector Publication (2017 Edition) can be downloaded here.

 IN THE NEWS - 2017

 SMU, UNEP & SIIA Jointly Hosted 'Singpore, Green Finance ad The Collaborative Challenge' Event on 10 January 2017. The event featured an overview of developments and core findings in green finance in the second edition of UNEP's global report ‘The Financial System We Need: Momentum to Transformation’ and G20 plans, presented by Professor Simon Zadek, DSM Senior Fellow in Partnership & Sustainability, School of Social Sciences (SoSS), SMU. This was followed by a  panel discussion that brought together key senior stakeholders in the growing dialogue on sustainable global finance: Piyush Gupta, CEO, DBS Bank; Mohammed Omran, Executive Chairman of the Egyptian Exchange, Chairman of the Federation Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS), and Professor of Finance at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology; Nuru Mugambi, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Kenya Bankers Association; and Prof Zadek. The panel discussion was moderated by Professor Ann Florini, Academic Director of the SMU Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration (MTSC) and Professor of Public Policy, SMU.   - Read about it here.

Further reading on the impact of Green Finance and other highlights from the panel discussion can also be found in this article.


About the MTSC

The Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration (MTSC) provides rigorous interdisciplinary training in effective problem solving for the 21st century complex environment. It is applicable to business, government, and civil society organisations, and to the interactions among them.

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Last updated on 15 Oct 2018 .