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New space at SMU dormitory encourages students to participate in community service

13 Oct 2018

SMU undergraduates have a new space to call home on campus – the Prinsep Street Residences (PSR). The 5,000 square metre living facility has housed 255 students since August after it had undergone a $10 million facelift. About 400 students had applied to stay at the residences which was officially opened yesterday by Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Central Singapore District. Students living at PSR are strongly encouraged to take up or initiate projects that will benefit society. About 70 students have already joined community service projects. Students also attend workshops and sharing sessions by industry guests as well as talks on mentoring and career. According to SMU Dean of Students and Professor of Sociology (Practice) Paulin Straughan, students must learn teamwork as real-world problems can seldom be solved by an individual. Currently, about half of the residents are Singaporeans with the rest coming from overseas. The living fees of 10 students have been sponsored by OCBC Frank, as part of SMU’s new partnership with the bank. The bank will also fund students’ projects on sustainability.

Lianhe Zaobao

Last updated on 17 Oct 2018 .