SIM University (UniSIM) has been renamed the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), as it becomes Singapore’s sixth Autonomous University (AU).
In a press statement on Friday (17 March), Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Ong Ye Kung, said, “The name was chosen to reflect the AU’s mission of driving lifelong learning anchored in disciplines with a strong social focus. SUSS will add diversity to Singapore’s higher education landscape and complement the existing five AUs.”
While SUSS will continue to offer the range of programmes that UniSIM previously offered, its new name reflects its focus on applied education in social sciences, as well as in disciplines that have a strong impact on human and community development.
At the same time, the university will continue to retain a limited offering in other areas such as business and engineering, especially for adult learners.
SUSS will also focus on lifelong and continuing learning. Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of the university, said, “SUSS will continue to cater to a wide range of learners – students, employees looking to upgrade their skills, and passionate learners keen on gaining new knowledge, while providing flexibility for their learning.”